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June 28, 2021 @ 12:00 am - June 29, 2021 @ 12:00 am

Organized by
The Canadian Nuclear Society Nuclear Science & Engineering Division

2021 June 28-29 (Toronto Time, Mornings Only)
Course held on-line
(Connection details to be communicated later)


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Course Overview

The CNS CANDU Technology and Safety Course, held for the last many years in a physical setting over 3 days in March, has had to be cancelled/postponed to 2022 March on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to provide a partial replacement for the full course, an on-line course is being organized, offered over a number of days separated in time. The 1st slice and the 2nd slice took place on 2020 November 13 and 2021 March 22-23, respectively, and the 3rd slice will now be offered on two half-days, 2021 June 28-29, from 8 am to 11:30 am (Toronto local time).

The upcoming offering will have totally different presentations from the 1st and 2nd slices of the course, in 2020 November and 2021 March 22-23. It will have presentations on: •

  • CANDU Fuel Design and Performance
  • CANDU Regional/Neutronic Overpower Protection
  • CANDU LLOCA Analysis
  • CANDU Experiments and Computer Codes

The CNS is presenting this course to enhance the professional and technical capabilities of its members (and non-members) working in, or interested in, the nuclear industry. The course is ideally suited for beginning professionals, but also beneficial to experienced professionals. Come broaden your nuclear knowledge beyond your specific area of work and your own area of expertise.

Course Agenda

2021 June 28, Toronto local time (am)

08:00 Opening remarks, instructions

08:10-9:40 “CANDU Fuel Design and
Performance”, by Paul Chan (Royal Military College of Canada)

9:40-10:00 Break

10:00-11:30 “CANDU Regional/Neutronic Overpower Protection”, by Wei Shen (CANDU Owners Group)

2021 June 29, Toronto local time (am)

08:00 Introduction, Feedback

08:05-9:35 “CANDU LLOCA Analysis”, by David Novog (McMaster University) and Benjamin Rouben (12 & 1 Consulting)

9:35-9:50 Break

9:50-11:20 “CANDU Experiments and Computer Codes”, by Thambiayah Nitheanandan (Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission)

11:20 Closing remarks


Register Now

The registration fees are shown below, and include HST (HST # 870488889RT)

CNS Member: $150.00 [Must be a CNS member in good standing]

Non-CNS Member: $200.00 CNS Full-Time Student Member

or CNS Retiree Member: $75.00


Lecturer Bios

Dr. Chan is a professor at Royal Military College of Canada, and a Director and a licensed operator of SLOWPOKE-2. 

Dr. Chan has been working in the field of nuclear engineering and sciences for 33 years.

Before joining RMC in 2010, Dr. Chan worked for AECL (both at CRL & SP) and Bruce Power.  Dr. Chan research interests are fuel performance, modeling, safety and licensing.  Dr. Chan collaborates with many organizations and has adjunct professorship with several universities.

Dr. Chan has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers and chaired many international conferences.  He is the Fuel Technologies Division Chair for the Canadian Nuclear Society.

Wei received his Bachelor degree (in 1988) and Ph.D. degree (in 1993) in nuclear engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University, China. Wei has been working on both PWR and CANDU industry for over 30 years.

Wei currently works as Safety and License R&D Program Manager at CANDU Owners Group (COG). Prior joining COG in 2017, Wei worked as a Technical Specialist at the CNSC for 5 years, and worked at AECL for 14 years and was promoted as the Principal Specialist (the top technical position) at AECL in 2009.

Wei is the Chair of Nuclear Science & Engineering Division of the CNS. Wei also serves as an Adjunct Full Professor with Royal Military College of Canada and with Xi’an Jiaotong University, China.

David Novog is an expert in safety analysis methods and uncertainty quantification.  He holds and Industrial Research Chair in Nuclear Safety and has been a professor at McMaster since 2006. 

From 1998-2006 he worked at Ontario Hydro, OPG, Nuclear Safety Solutions and AMEC in the areas of reactor physics, thermal hydraulics and reactor trip assessment.  Prior to these positions he was a visiting researcher at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan on their APWR project.

His current research is focused on experimental and analytic issues related to fuel and fuel channel integrity and severe accident modelling.  He has large projects underway on improved maintenance instrumentation and applied radiation imaging.

Ben holds an Hons. B.Sc. from McGill University and a Ph.D. from the MIT.  Ben joined AECL in 1975, where he worked on the design and analysis of CANDU reactors.  From 1993 to 2006, Ben served as Manager of the Reactor Core Physics Branch at AECL.  He retired from AECL in 2007 February.

Ben was President of the CNS in 1997-98, and was its Executive Director, 2011-2019.  He was elected CNS Fellow in 1999.   

Ben is currently a consultant, and an Adjunct Professor at McMaster and at Ontario Tech University.  He teaches various courses on Reactor Physics and Power Plant Operation.  He teaches also in the M. Eng. Program offered by UNENE, the University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering, where he also serves as Secretary/Treasurer.

Dr. Nithy Nitheanandan is a Director at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.

Nithy has Masters and Doctoral degrees in Mechanical Engineering from University of Manitoba.  He joined AECL in 1993 and worked with AECL/CNL for 25 years. 

His area of expertise is Steam-explosion studies, Contact-boiling experiments, High-temperature fuel-channel heat transfer, Pool boiling, Reactor safety and Thermalhydraulics.



Course contact (not for registration): B. Rouben, roubenb@alum.mit.edu

For registration questions, contact Elmir Lekovic, elmir.lekovic@gmail.com



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