Specialized Seminar on Nuclear Physics and Engineering

Doctoral Programme Mathematics and Physics
1 in 2 year
first or second
Course director:
Lecturer (contact person):

Dr. Benjamin Zorko

Hours per week – 1. or 2. semester:

Course title:

Content (Syllabus outline)

Selected topics of nuclear thermal hydraulics:

  • Single-phase turbulent heat transfer: models and simulations.
  • Multi-component flows.
  • Two-phase flow: models and simulations.
  • Experimental methods.

Selected topics of structural mechanics:

  • Implementation of the finite element method in mechanics of solids. Work with specific computer codes.
  • Selected models and numerical methods for description on smaller scales.
  • Implementation of other numerical methods in mechanics of solids.

Selected topics of nuclear materials.

Selected topics of nuclear safety:

  • Safety systems of nuclear power plants and their development.
  • Deterministic Safety analyses with various dedicated code. Analyses of transients and accidents.
  • Probabilistic safety assessments. Performance of probabilistic safety analyses. Risk based decisions.
  • Licensing, project preparation, documentation, safety reports and operational limits.
  • Operation, maintenance, periodic safety reviews.
  • Quality assurance system - implementations.

Selected topics of radiation protection:

  • Ionizing radiation sources
  • Ionizing radiation effects
  • Measurement of ionizing radiation
  • Principles and measures of radiation protection
  • Evaluation of exposure to ionizing radiation - Radiological environmental monitoring - cases of emergency situations -legislation, guidelines and organizations in the field of radiation protection (EURATOM, Slovenian legislation, organizations: ICRP, IAEA, UNSCEAR, ISOE/NEA)

Selected topics on decommissioning and recycling of nuclear fuel and radioactive waste disposal.


Kleiber, Handbook of Computational Solid Mechanics, Springer, 1995.
Zienkiewicz, Taylor, The Finite Element Method, Butterworth – Heinemann, 2000.
Asaro, Lubarda, Mechanics of Solids and Materials, Cambridge University Press (United States), 2006.
Chen, Lee, Eskandarian, Meshless Methods in Solid Mechanics, Springer, 2006.
Todreas, Kazimi, Nuclear systems. Volume I, Thermal hydraulic fundamentals, CRC Press, 2012.
Todreas, Kazimi, Nuclear systems. Volume II, Elements of thermal hydraulic design, CRC Press, 2012.
Ishii, Hibiki, Thermo-fluid dynamics of two-phase flow, Springer, 2006.
G. F. Knoll, Radiation detection and measurement, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, 2000
H. Cember, Introduction to Health Physics, 4th ed., McGraw-Hill,2009
J. E. Martin, Physics of radiation protection, Willey-vch, 2013
Council Directive 2013/59 EURATOM Basic safety Standards for the protection against the dangers arising from exposure to ionising radiation (2013)
International Basic Safety Standards: Radiation Protection and Safety of Radiation Sources, General Safety Requirements Part 3, IAEA 2014
Recommendations of the ICRP,Annals of the ICRP, Publication 103, Elsevier 2008
Zakon o varstvu pred ionizirajočimi sevanji in jedrski varnosti (Uradni list RS št 102/04 s spremembami in dopolnitvami) s pripadajočimi podzakonskimi predpisi
B. Pershagen: Light Water Reactor Safety; Pergamon Press, Oxford, 1989
H. Kumamoto, E. J. Henley, Probabilistic Risk Assessment and Management for Engineers and Scientists, IEEE Press, 1996
Znanstvena literatura/ Relevant publications in scientific journals.

Objectives and competences

The student acquires a deeper knowledge of selected topics of reactor physics and engineering in the field of her/his research area. Selected topics are focused on the student's research area.

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
The student acquires an overview of open scientific questions in various fields of nuclear thermal hydraulics, structural mechanics, nuclear safety, radiation protection in the field of her/his research area. The student understands theoretical and experimental methods to solve those questions and is capable to use them in his research work.

The acquired knowledge can be applied in doctoral thesis scientific research.

Usage of acquired knowledge for interconnection of related problems and scientific methods not directly involved in the field of the doctoral thesis.

Transferable skills
Deepened knowledge of contemporary scientific state-of-the-art in various fields enables interconnection of theoretical and experimental methods.

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures, consultations.


Active attendance at lectures and in discussions.
passed / not passed (according to the Statute of UL)

Lecturer's references

1) SNOJ, Luka, ŽEROVNIK, Gašper, TRKOV, Andrej. Computational analysis of irradiation facilities at the JSI TRIGA reactor. Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 2012, vol. 70, str. 483-488
2) ŽEROVNIK, Gašper, KAIBA, Tanja, RADULOVIĆ, Vladimir, JAZBEC, Anže, RUPNIK, Sebastijan, BARBOT, L., FOURMENTEL, D., SNOJ, Luka. Validation of the neutron and gamma fields in the JSI TRIGA reactor using in-core fission and ionization chambers. Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 2015, vol. 96, str. 27-35
JET EFDA Contributors, SNOJ, Luka, TRKOV, Andrej, LENGAR, Igor, POPOVICHEV, Sergei, CONROY, S., SYME, B. Calculations to support JET neutron yield calibration : Neutron scattering in source holder. Fusion eng. des.. [Print ed.], 2012, iss. 11, vol. 87, str. 1846-1852.