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Engineering Physics 4P03/6P03. Nuclear Power Plant Systems & Operation Hello! My name is Ben Rouben. I am the instructor for this course. For those who don’t know me:

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engineering physics 4p03 6p03
Engineering Physics 4P03/6P03

Nuclear Power Plant Systems & Operation

Hello! My name is Ben Rouben. I am the instructor for this course.

For those who don’t know me:

I worked in reactor physics at AECL from 1975 to 2007. I was Manager of the Reactor Core Physics Branch, 1993-2005. Right now I am Reactor-Physics Consultant and Adjunct Professor at McMaster and at UOIT.

e mail addresses
E-mail Addresses

To communicate with me, you may use either e-mail address below:


Teaching Assistant:

  • Feng Zhou,
course webpage
Course Webpage
  • The course webpage is

objectives of course
Objectives of Course

Objectives of course: To learn

  • The principles of nuclear unit operation and control
  • The functions, equipment and operation of the main process systems
  • How the systems are controlled
  • How to conduct operations on a CANDU-9 simulator


simulator exercises
Simulator Exercises

To learn how to conduct

normal and abnormal operations, e.g.:

  • Power maneuvers
  • Poison override
  • Recovery from a reactor trip or a turbine trip
  • Responses to reactor, heat-transport, steam and feedwater system malfunctions
self study multimedia format
Self-Study, Multimedia Format

The course material is in a multimedia

format designed for distance education:

  • Self-study using CD-ROM and computer
  • Get Course Pack from McMaster Bookstore:
    • Cost is ~$29.95 for the main notes + CD
    • ~$15 for the resource book (containing assignments and other support material), and
    • ~$15 for reference text.
  • Resource book & reference text are on the CD, but you would have to print them off! 
  • I recommend you buy all 3 parts (~$60). Ask for the CD at the checkout.
course map
Course Map

The course is organized into chapters

and modules:

  • Chapter 1: Overall Unit
  • Chapter 2: Reactor and Moderator
  • Chapter 3: Reactor Regulating System
  • Chapter 4: Heat Transport
  • Chapter 5: Steam, Turbine & Feedwater
  • All classes at McMaster U
  • Starts 2014 January, 13 weeks
  • Nominally 2 classes/week, room BSB/136:
    • Tuesday 8:30 - 9:20 & Friday 8:30 - 10:20
  • But this is mostly a self-study course!
  • We will meet once aweek (mostly on Fridays, but it may vary).
  • First class will be on Tuesday Jan. 7


schedule cont d
Schedule (cont’d)
  • My office hours:
    • Any time by e-mail, or
    • For an hour after class on the day of the week on which we meet, JHE-327 A
  • Term recess is scheduled for week of Feb 17-21
  • Date of mid-term examination will be discussed; tentatively scheduled for Feb. 14 or Feb. 28.
  • Final examination date not yet known.

Overall marks for the course:

  • Weekly Assignments: 30%, broken down as
    • Review Questions: 5%
    • Problem Sets: 10%
    • Simulator Problems: 15%

(except when there are no problem sets or no simulator problems – to be determined)

  • Mid-Term Examination: 20%
  • Final Written Examination: 50%
  • 6P03 students will have to do an extra assignment, worth 20%. Cont’d
marks cont d
Marks (cont’d)
  • Note: Weekly Assignments must be handed in promptly on time, every week!
  • To be handed in to TA by 8:00 am on the day of the week on which we will meet (or earlier), either by e-mail or in drop box outside EP office.
  • Week-1 assignment due Tuesday Jan 14, 8:00 am.
  • Etc.
  • In week 1 there are no simulator problems. Therefore for week 1 marks will be 10% for review questions, 20% for Problem set.
mid term final
Mid-Term & Final
  • Mid-term:
    • Nominally 2 hours
    • Closed book, but 1 single-sided 8.5”x11” crib sheet may be allowed (I will confirm before midterm).
  • Final:
    • 3 hours
    • Closed book; 1 double-sided crib sheet may be allowed (will confirm).