ESE4003 Nuclear EnergyBahçeşehir UniversityDegree Programs ENERGY SYSTEMS ENGINEERINGGeneral Information For StudentsDiploma SupplementErasmus Policy StatementNational QualificationsBologna Commission
Bachelor TR-NQF-HE: Level 6 QF-EHEA: First Cycle EQF-LLL: Level 6

Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
ESE4003 Nuclear Energy Spring 3 0 3 6
This catalog is for information purposes. Course status is determined by the relevant department at the beginning of semester.

Basic information

Language of instruction: English
Type of course: Departmental Elective
Course Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery: Face to face
Course Coordinator : Dr. Öğr. Üyesi İREM FIRTINA ERTİŞ
Course Lecturer(s): Prof. Dr. RECEP DİMİTROV
Recommended Optional Program Components: Not available
Course Objectives: By the end of this course, the students will have learned the reaction mechanism and reactor physics of nuclear systems as well as plant analysis and safety precautions.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
i) Recall the basics of nuclear reactor systems and radiation,
ii) Develop fundamental knowledge about basic reactor physics
iii) Summarize all the factors which affect the controlling of nuclear reactors
iv) Explain nuclear fuel cycle and waste management,
v) Differentiate between different types of nuclear reactors
vi) Describe the basics of neutron physics
vii) Recognize the concept of criticality for nuclear reactors

Course Content

Radioactive decay, nuclear reactions, binding energy, neutron intereactions, fission, nuclear reactors, neutron fission and moderation. Fick's law, nuclear reactor theory, neutron diffusion and moderation, thermal reactors, reflected reactors.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Atoms and nuclei, nuclear structure and binding forces
2) Nuclear reactions, neutron migration
3) Fission and fusion
4) Neutron chain reaction, criticality, multiplication factor
5) Working principles of nuclear reactor in steady-state condition I
6) Working principles of nuclear reactor in steady-state condition II
7) Transient behavior of reactor
8) Reactor control, control rods, reactivity changes
9) The effects of fission products on reactor control
10) Structural properties of nuclear reactors
11) Nuclear reactors: types and properties
12) Nuclear fuel cycles
13) Burn-up, conversion ratio, breeding, doubling time
14) Nuclear waste management


Course Notes / Textbooks: Textbook: Murray R.L., “Nuclear Energy, An introduction to the concepts, systems, and applications of nuclear processes”, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2001.
References: Supplementary Reading:
• Lamarsh, J.R. , Introduction to Nuclear Engineering, Addison-Wesley Company, 2nd Edition, 1983.
• Foster, A.r., R.L. Wright, Jr., Basic Nuclear Engineering, 3rd Ed., Boston, Mass: Allyn and Bacon,1977.
• Roland Allen Knief, Nuclear Engineering: Theory and Technology of Commercial Nuclear Power, Taylor & Francis; ISBN: 1560320893; 2nd edition, August 1992.
• David Bodansky, Nuclear energy : principles, practices, and prospects, New York : Springer, 2004.

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Homework Assignments 1 % 10
Midterms 2 % 50
Final 1 % 40
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours 14 3 42
Study Hours Out of Class 16 6 96
Homework Assignments 1 4 4
Midterms 2 2 4
Final 1 2 2
Total Workload 148

Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes

No Effect 1 Lowest 2 Low 3 Average 4 High 5 Highest
Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1) Build up a body of knowledge in mathematics, science and Energy Systems Engineering subjects; use theoretical and applied information in these areas to model and solve complex engineering problems. 4
2) Ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex Energy Systems Engineering problems; select and apply proper modeling and analysis methods for this purpose. 4
3) Ability to design complex Energy systems, processes, devices or products under realistic constraints and conditions, in such a way as to meet the desired result; apply modern design methods for this purpose. 2
4) Ability to devise, select, and use modern techniques and tools needed for solving complex problems in Energy Systems Engineering practice; employ information technologies effectively. 3
5) Ability to design and conduct numerical or pysical experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret results for investigating the complex problems specific to Energy Systems Engineering. 4
6) Ability to cooperate efficiently in intra-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams; and show self-reliance when working on Energy Systems-related problems 1
7) Ability to communicate effectively in English and Turkish (if he/she is a Turkish citizen), both orally and in writing. Write and understand reports, prepare design and production reports, deliver effective presentations, give and receive clear and understandable instructions. 3
8) Recognize the need for life-long learning; show ability to access information, to follow developments in science and technology, and to continuously educate oneself. 5
9) Develop an awareness of professional and ethical responsibility, and behave accordingly. Be informed about the standards used in Energy Systems Engineering applications. 4
10) Learn about business life practices such as project management, risk management, and change management; develop an awareness of entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainable development. 5
11) Acquire knowledge about the effects of practices of Energys Systems Engineering on health, environment, security in universal and social scope, and the contemporary problems of Energys Systems engineering; is aware of the legal consequences of Energys Systems engineering solutions. 1