FYS9580 – Nuclear Technology
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.
The course provides a thorough introduction to reactor physics and the principles underlying the operation of nuclear power reactors, both research reactors, and power reactors. In this course, we will review the main principles of:
- Diffusion model for nuclear reactors: neutron transport, one-group, and multi-group diffusion models
- Fission chain reactions, multiplication factor, and nuclear criticality
- Basics of reactor fuel
- Numerical and simulation techniques for reactors. Hands-on experience using SCALE 6.2 simulation tools for reactor criticality, burnout analysis, and uncertainty analysis for reactor physics calculations.
After completing the course:
- you have knowledge of fission chain reactions and nuclear reactors.
- you have knowledge of phenomena and reactions inside the reactor core. Neutron transport equations in the reactor core and diffusion models for reactor cores.
- you can simulate a reactor core using Monte Carlo simulation tools and interpret results for a given critical mass.
- you can conduct a scientific project in nuclear technology.
- you can assess the pros and cons of different reactor types and technology in terms of reactor safety.
Admission to the course
PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.
If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.
PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.
Recommended previous knowledge
- 10 credits overlap with FYS4580 – Nuclear Technology.
- 10 credits overlap with FYS-KJM4580 – Nuclear Technology (continued).
The course comprises 40 hours of lectures and 20 hours of assignments and excursions. Excursions take place at the research reactors at Kjeller (2 MW) and Halden (20 MW). At the end of the semester, each student is given a semester assignment to simulate a given reactor core and make the uncertainty analysis of the calculated critical coefficients.
The semester assignment must be presented in plenary in front of students and the lecturer and must be submitted and approved before the final examination.
A semester assignment must be presented in plenary in front of students and the lecturer and must be submitted and approved before the final exam.
- Final oral exam which counts 100% towards the final grade.
It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: FYS4580 – Nuclear Technology
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
Language of examination
Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English. You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more: