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Nuclear Safety EngineeringNuclear Safety Engineering

Department of Nuclear Safety EngineeringDepartment of Nuclear Safety Engineering

Reactor simulator eqipped with a real core model (front) and the control panel

Students training at Toshiba Nuclear Critical Assembly NCA (This photograph was provided by Toshiba Corporation)

Cherenkov radiation from the TRIGA-II core

Nuclear energy has been making a great contribution to the world supply of energy since the last century and is now expected to be one of the most important energy resources in the 21st century. The framework of the world nuclear industry is now changing drastically on a global scale preparing for the coming era of advanced technology for utilizing nuclear energy as a clean, sustainable and reliable source of energy. Japan will surely be playing a very critical role in this world-wide restructuring in peaceful uses of atomic energy. Its safety aspect is a key issue for the advanced technology to be accepted by the public much more extensively than now.

Department Profile
We intend to educate and promote experts of plant design, operation, quality control, safety analysis, transportation of radioactive materials and safeguarding as well as plant management and administration for those who are seeking a domestic or international career. It is also our important mission to train skilled engineers with national qualifications for operation of reactors and handling of radioactive materials.

Reactor simulator eqipped with a real core model (front) and the control panel

Students training at Toshiba Nuclear Critical Assembly NCA (This photograph was provided by Toshiba Corporation)

Cherenkov radiation from the TRIGA-II core

Fields of ResearchFields of Research

We have three courses. These are the nuclear engineering course, application of radioactivity course, and risk analysis and seismic engineering course. We provide these three learning courses corresponding to the three important nuclear fields, which are concerned with safe, sustainable, competitive and clean utilization of nuclear energy and scientific, medical and industrial applications of radiation technology. After completing the basic disciplines in mechanical and electrical engineering as fresh women and freshmen, students can decide in which course they will continue to learn. We also provide them with opportunities to learn on site at experimental or zero-power reactors. Nuclear reactor engineering is the backbone of the nuclear engineering course along with thermal-hydraulics, fuel-material, fuel cycle and safety engineering. In the application of radioactivity course students will start with the handling of radioactive materials and will learn about their extensive applications. In the unique third course students will learn risk assessment and seismic safety technologies, and also their applications with consideration of external events such as earthquakes and tsunami, including systems and structures reliability analysis and severe accident simulations, as well as new regulations and emergency planning introduced in Japan after the Fukushima Dai-ichi accident.

Our Special FeaturesOur Special Features

TCU has a long history of operating a TRIGA-II type nuclear reactor, which was made critical in 1963 as a pioneer in Japan, and this history resulted in many excellent scientific, educational and medical achievements. Though the reactor is now out of operation after accomplishing its mission, the operation experience and the reactor-related fine facilities still now in operation at our Atomic Energy Laboratory constitute the strong backbone of our education and research activities. A special outcome of this excellent history is our prestigious graduate school. Many engineers and scientists from this school are now working in the forefront of the so-called Nuclear Renaissance. This possibility is open for all the graduates of our Department of Nuclear Safety Engineering as well as other domestic and foreign applicants.

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