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  1. RPT-111 Course Overview

  2. RPT-111 Course Overview • Course Grading • Weighted Average • Mid-Term Exam – 30% • Final Exam – 40% • Course Project – 20% • Attendance – 10%

  3. RPT-111 Course Overview • Contact Requirements/Info • E-mail via “angel” • When possible, contact prior to absence • Except for emergencies, only 2 excused absences for the quarter • Course Exams • Combination of multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blanks, essay, and math problems (where appropriate) • Mid-Term – Modules 1 • Final – Comprehensive

  4. RPT-111 Course Overview • Course Organization • MOD 1 – Radioactivity and Radioactive Decay • Demonstrate ability to read and interpret information contained in the Chart of the Nuclides • Identify types of radioactive decay (α, β, γ, ε, and IT) • Characterize α, β, γ, ε, and n (i.e., physical properties) • Use basic equations to describe each type of decay • Describe neutron activation using basic equations • Identify and use radiological quantities and units, including activity (Ci and Bq, dps, dpm), exposure (roentgens), absorbed dose (rads and grays), and dose equivalent (rems and sieverts)

  5. RPT-111 Course Overview • Discuss complex decay schemes, such as natural decay chains, reactor-produced decay chain, and equilibrium isotopes (secular, transient, or no equilibrium) • Trace decay schemes to stability using the Chart of the Nuclides • Use exponential equations and appropriate graphs (linear and semi-log) to perform radioactive decay calculations

  6. RPT-111 Course Overview • MOD 2 – Internal and External Exposure Control • Equate radioactivity to dose rate through simple rules of thumb and associated calculations for various source geometries (e.g., 6CEN, point source, line source, plane source) • Identify, calculate, and use the following significant dose terms: • Deep dose • Eye [lens, shallow, effective (using weighting factors)] • Committed (using in vivo and in vitro measurements and intake retention fractions) • Committed effective (using in vivo and in vitro measurements and intake retention fractions) • Total effective • Total organ dose equivalents

  7. RPT-111 Course Overview • MOD 3 – Operational Health Physics • Identify and quantify major sources of natural background radiation: • Cosmic radiation • Uranium and thorium decay chains • 40K • Radon gas, including daughter products • Identify and quantify the following man-made sources of background radiation: • Medical diagnostic X-rays • Radio pharmaceuticals

  8. RPT-111 Course Overview • Consumer products (television, luminous dials) • Weapons tests • Air travel • Identify and quantify potential sources of exposure to public from: • Plant liquid and gaseous effluent releases • Transporting radioactive materials • Major accidents • Identify specific isotopes of concern in power reactors during operation and following shutdown

  9. RPT-111 Course Overview • Identify and quantify the following major sources of radiation in the plant that contribute to worker exposures: • Primary system piping and components • Inside containment during power operation • Primary system filters and demineralizers • Radwaste process systems • Radiography • Identify conditions that preclude safe work in the vicinity of system components

  10. RPT-111 Course Overview • Plant safety and containment: • Chemical and volume control (PWR) • Circulating water • Condensate spray • CRDM • Emergency core cooling systems • Feedwater • Main steam • Offgas (BWR) • Post-accident sampling

  11. RPT-111 Course Overview • Pressurizer (PWR) • Pressurizer relief (PWR) • Radiation monitoring • Reactor coolant • Reactor water cleanup (BWR) • Recirculation (BWR) • Residual heat removal/shutdown cooling • Suppression pool (BWR) • Draw a basic system block diagram • Identify the basic interrelationships with other plant systems