Advanced nuclear reactor physics and technology

Prof. Hamid Aït Abderrahim – Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve


84 hours study time

24 contact hours theory

8 contact hours exercises/laboratory sessions/visits

0 hours additional personal work (reading etc.)

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the specifics of the different reactor codes
  • Master the adjoint theory for neutron transport
  • Describe the 6 GEN IV designs accepted by the GIF
  • Give an overview on the on-going developments for Gen IV systems and perspective of deployment
  • Compare GEN IV with GEN II and GEN III reactors.
  • Give specific attention to the Accelerator Driven System and its role in closing the fuel cycle
  • Give an overview of international networks and research infrastructures for GEN IV systems


Theoretical part
  • Reactor codes and adjoint theory – 4h
  • Reactor Physics for fast reactors – 4h
  • GEN IV reactor technologies – 6h
  • ADS reactor physics and technology – 6h
  • GEN IV and the closed fuel cycle – 4h
Laboratory session and exercises
  • Lab session – GUINEVERE – 4h
  • Exercise session on reactor codes – 4h

Course material and reference books

The PowerPoint presentations of the lectures are available on the BNEN website.
  • Introduction to Nuclear Engineering – John R. Lamarsh – Third Edition
  • Reference Book for Accelerator Driven Systems will be provided

Pre-assumed knowledge or prerequisites

Courses in the following fields
  • Nuclear reactor theory
  • Introduction to nuclear physics and measurements
  • Nuclear fuel cycle

Grading and examination

First and second session: written examination on theory and exercises (open book)