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Science and Technology of Supercritical Water-cooled Reactors (SCWR) Course

July 4 to 8
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), in co-operation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is organizing the fourth course on Science and Technology of SuperCritical Water-cooled Reactors (SCWRs), to be held Monday, July 4 to Friday, July 8 at UOIT in Oshawa, Ontario. The training course will provide a group of national and international participants with a comprehensive and up-to-date review of SCWR science and technology.

The SCWR is an innovative water-cooled reactor concept. It uses supercritical-pressure water as reactor coolant. This makes it possible to achieve high thermal efficiency and simplified systems, which promises to improve plant economics. Increasing operating pressure and steam temperature is a natural evolution from conventional water-cooled reactors as seen in fossil power technology. Approximately 20 countries have been involved in research and development of the new concept.

The one-week course will consist of lectures covering fundamental and advanced technologies such as:

  • introduction and historical development of SCWRs
  • reactor physics and core design
  • thermal-hydraulics of supercritical fluids
  • plant dynamics and safety
  • materials and chemistry

The course is limited to 30 participants, and the lectures are geared to third- and fourth-year undergraduate students, graduate students, university professors, researchers, engineers and regulators in the field of nuclear engineering.

The participants will also engage in team discussions. After attending several lectures, the participants will separate into teams and receive topics for discussion related to the lectures. The participants have the opportunity to take part in the lectures and team discussions, which will help them achieve a deeper understanding of the contents of the lectures and enable close collaboration among team members.


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Application fee

The course fee is $500 Canadian, including taxes. Fee includes:

  • five days of lectures
  • daily lunch and snack
  • technical tour
  • dinner banquet

Accommodation is available on campus. Please use booking code: 2016 SCWRs Course


For more information, please contact Dr. Igor Pioro, Professor and Associate Dean, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, UOIT.

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