Course on Science and Technology of
Water Cooled Reactors
July 16-21, 2012
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
McMaster University, in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, is organizing a course on Science and Technology of Supercritical Water Cooled Reactors (SCWRs), to be held at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, from July 16 - July 21, 2012. The training course will provide a group of international participants with a comprehensive and up-to-date review of SCWR science and technology.
The SCWR is an innovative water-cooled reactor concept which uses supercritical-pressure water as reactor coolant. This makes it possible to achieve high thermal efficiency, and simplified systems, and so promises to improve plant economics. Increasing operating pressure and steam temperature is a natural evolution from conventional water-cooled reactors as seen in fossil power technology. About 20 countries have been involved in research and development of the new concept.
The one-week course will consist of lectures covering fundamental and advanced concepts such as:
- SCWR concepts under development
- neutronics and core designs
- thermodynamics of systems at supercritical pressure
- thermal-hydraulics of supercritical fluids
- safety requirements and safety systems
- materials requirements and candidate materials
- water chemistry and others
The course is limited to 30 participants, and the lectures are geared to graduate students, university professors, researchers, engineers and regulators in the field of nuclear engineering.
The participants will also engage in team discussions. After attending several lectures, the participants will be separated into teams and given topics for discussions relating to the lectures. The participants have the opportunity to actively participate in the lectures and team discussions, which will help them to achieve a deeper understanding of the contents of the lectures and enable close collaboration among team members.