Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
9105046042001Advanced Nuclear Fuel Technology IICompulsory128
Level of Course Unit
Third Cycle
Objectives of the Course
The aim of the course is to provide to the students; to comprehend the basic principles and importance of thorium fuel technology, to gain knowledge and experience about all aspects and used techniques, starting from thorium mine to its use as a fuel in the reactor
Name of Lecturer(s)
Prof. Dr. Yüksel ALTAŞ, Prof. Dr. Hüseyin TEL
Learning Outcomes
1Being able to recognize the large thorium deposits of our country. Being able to comprehend the importance of these deposits for Turkey.
2Being able to apply the thorium analysis methods.
3Being able to compare thorium and uranium fuel cycles.
4Being able to follow the scientific and technological developments of thorium based fuels and fuel cycles to be used in different types of reactors.
5Being able to apply the preparation methods of mixed oxide fuels.
6Being able to comprehend the importance of research and development studies of thorium based fuels and fuel cycles in Turkey, according to the technological developments in the world.
7Being able to comprehend chemistry of thorium fuels.
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
Thorium fuel chemistry, thorium resources, concentration and extraction of thorium, purification of thorium, production of thorium fuel compounds, thorium fuel cycles, thorium reactors, thorium based fuels and fuel elements(according to the types of reactors), fuel fabrication, potential benefits and challenges of thorium fuel cycle, properties of plutonium and other actinide elements, reprocess, waste management.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1Introduction of the course; course content, reason, importance – Textbook and Suggested LiteratureLiterature Review (identifyng research topics for paper presentation )
2Thorium chemistry(uses of thorium, isotopes, radioactivity, metallic thorium, thorium compounds, thorium solution chemistry.Laboratory Study
3Thorium resources( in the World and Turkey), thorium minerals, concentration and extraction of thorium, purification of thorium.Laboratory Study
4Production of thorium compounds( oxide, carbide, fluorid, chloride and metal ) Mixed oxide fuel preparation methods. Laboratory Study
5Thorium reactors Thorium fuel cycles (open, closed) Potential benefits and challenges of thorium fuel cycle. Laboratory Study
6Mid-term Exam
7Thorium based fuels and fuel elements(according to the types of reactors).Paper presentation
8Fuel Fabrication ; Powder-pellet route Sol-gel processes Vibratory compaction Paper presentation
9Impregnation technique Sol-gel microsphere pelletisation Coated fuel particles. Laboratory Study
10Plutonium and other actinide elements.Laboratory Study
11Fuel reprocesssing, radioactive waste management.Laboratory Study
12Mid-term Exam
13Disposal of thoria fuels.Laboratory Study
14The presentation of the semester projectLaboratory Study
15The presentation of the semester projectLaboratory Study
16Final Exam
Recommended or Required Reading
Course Book(s): 1. Benedict M., Pigford T.H., Levi H.W., Nuclear Chemical Engineering, McGraw-Hill Book Company, Second Edition, USA, 1981. 2. IAEA, Thorium fuel cycle-Potential benefits and challenges, IAEA-TECDOC-1450, Vienna, 2005. 3. IAEA, Thorium fuel utilization: Options and trends, IAEA-TECDOC- 1319, Vienna, 2002. 4. IAEA, High temperature gas cooled reactor fuels and materials, IAEA-TECDOC-1645, Vienna, 2010.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the section of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation"
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
SUM0
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
SUM0
SUM0
Language of Instruction
Turkish
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination224
Final Examination122
Attending Lectures14228
Practice14228
Report Preparation14228
Project Preparation13030
Project Presentation122
Criticising Paper11616
Self Study14342
Individual Study for Mid term Examination21530
Individual Study for Final Examination13030
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)240
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
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5
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6
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8
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9
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10
PO
11
LO15 44 5     
LO2   3 4   5 
LO35 5   553  
LO45    4   5 
LO55 5   55444
LO6 3  4    54
LO7         5 
* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
 
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