STARS - Education and Training

The STARS team is committed to the Education and Training of young nuclear scientists, engineers as well as professionals. Thereby, STARS is involved in Teaching activities within the national joint EPFL/ETHZ Nuclear Engineering Master Program and offer students, the opportunity to conduct Master and PhD theses as well as Trainee and Practicum projects, noting that Guest Scientists can also visit STARS for trainee and/or further education programs.

PhD Theses

On-Going




D. Chionis
Advanced Methodologies for Monitoring and Modelling of Neutron Noise in Modern LWR Cores
(Started: November 2014 / Project Supervisors: A. Dokhane, H. Ferroukhi)

P. Mala
Development of an Advanced Methodology for Pin-by-Pin Treatment of LWR Cores with Cross Section Equivalence Procedures and Higher-Order Transport Methods
(Started: July 2013 / Project Supervisors: S. Canepa, H. Ferroukhi)

V. Brankov
Modeling of Fuel Fragmentation, Relocation and Dispersal during Loss-of- Coolant Accidents in Light Water Reactors
(Started: April 2013 / Project Supervisor: G. Khvostov)

D. Wicaksono
Uncertainty Quantification of Physical Models in Thermal-Hydraulic System Codes
(Started: February 2013 / Project Supervisor: O. Zerkak)

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Completed




V. Bykov
High-Fidelity Determination of Spent Fuel Nuclide Inventories from 3-D Core Tracking Calculations
(Started: October 2014 / Moved for continuation at NAGRA in October 2016 and thus no longer at LRS)

T. Zhu
Development and Assessment of Neutron Cross-Sections Uncertainty Propagation Methodologies for Criticality Safety Calculations with Monte-Carlo Code
May 2015

D. Bertolotto
Simulation of complex coolant reactivity effects by coupling thermal-hydraulic system codes with Computational Fluid Dynamics
EPFL Thesis No. 5227 (2011)

P. Vinai
Development and Application of Objective Uncertainty Measures for Transient Code Predictions
EPFL Thesis No. 3897 (2007)

A. Dokhane
BWR stability analysis using a novel reduced order model and the system code RAMONA
EPFL Thesis No. 2927 (2004)

T. Sengstag
On the Modelling of Reactivity Initiated Accidents in Light Water Reactor Cores containing High-Burnup Fuel
EPFL Thesis No. 2355 (2001)

U. Kasemeyer
Design of a uranium-free LWR core for plutonium burning
EPFL Thesis No. 1757 (1998)

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Semester Projects and Master Theses


Proposals Semester/Master Projects 2017-2018


Completed (2015-2016)




J. Li
Development and Assessment of Advanced Modeling Capabilities for Serpent Assembly Depletion Calculations
(EPFL/ETHZ NE Semester Project/Master Thesis; Completed August 2016; Supervisor: D. Rochman)

R. Savelli
Validation of PSI Fluence Methodology for Long-Term Irradiated Dosimeter Capsules
(EPFL/ETHZ NE Semester Project/Master Thesis; Completed August 2016; Supervisor: A. Vasiliev)

G. Janin
Development of optimal micro/macroscopic cross-section model for a transport pin-by-pin solver
(EPFL/ETHZ NE Semester Project/Master Thesis; Completed August 2016; Supervisor: P. Mala)

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Completed (2009-2015)




W. Guo
Development of TRACE/CAD Methodology for System Code Nodalization
(EPFL/ETHZ NE Semester Project/Master Thesis; Completed December 2015; Supervisor: I. Clifford)

H. Yao
Thermal-Hydraulic Simulation of Rig-Of-Safety Assessment Tests in Large Scale Test Facility using Updated TRACE Code
(EPFL/ETHZ NE Semester Project/Master Thesis; Completed October 2015; Supervisor: I. Clifford)

D. Zhang
Bundle Reconstruction History Method for Direct Whole Core Calculations with the Code nTRACER
(EPFL/ETHZ NE Semester Project/Master Thesis; Completed August 2015; Supervisor: S. Canepa)

Z. Guo
Simulation of Irradiation Damage in Chromium-doped LWR Fuel
(EPFL/ETHZ NE Semester Project/Master Thesis; Completed August 2015; Supervisors: M. Krack, R. Ngayam-Happy)

L. Chunyan
Development and Optimization of Fast Solution Algorithms for the Fuel Depletion Equations
(EPFL/ETHZ NE Semester Project/Master Thesis; Completed August 2014; Supervisors: A. Pautz, P. Mala)

H. Perrier
Development of Hybrid CASMO/SERPENT Deterministic/Stochastic Fuel Depletion Scheme
(EPFL/ETHZ NE Semester Project/Master Thesis; Completed August 2014; Supervisors: M. Pecchia, O. Leray, H. Ferroukhi)

A. Dupre
Modelling and Validation Enhancements of the PSI Fast Neutron Fluence MCNPX based Computational Scheme using recent KKG Experimental Data
(EPFL/ETHZ NE Semester Project/Master Thesis; Completed August 2014; Supervisors: A. Vasiliev)

L. Rossinelli
Assessment of SERPENT for BWR Lattice Modelling and Development of Coupling to SIMULATE-3 Code
(EPFL/ETHZ NE Semester Project/Master Thesis; Completed August 2014; Supervisors: M. Hursin, H. Ferroukhi)

Q. Zhou
Validation of CFD Solvers for Buoyancy Driven Flows on the basis of ROCOM Tests
(EPFL/ETHZ NE Semester Project/Master Thesis; Completed August 2014; Supervisors: R. Puragliesi, O. Zerkak)

S. Bogetic
Development and Verification of TRACE/PARCS Methodology for analyses of the Swiss Reactors
(EPFL/ETHZ NE Semester Project/Master Thesis; Completed July 2013; Supervisors: M. Hursin, A. Dokhane, H. Ferroukhi)

D. Wicaksono
Development and Asssement of Advanced Temporal Coupling Schemes for TRACE/S3K Analyses
(EPFL/ETHZ NE Semester Project/Master Thesis; Completed July 2012; Supervisor: O. Zerkak)

A. Dufresne
Development of MCNPX-based Computational Scheme for Reference Numerical Estimations of High-Energy PWR Control Rod Tip Fluence
(EPFL/ETHZ NE Semester Project/Master Thesis; Completed August 2011; Supervisors: H. Ferroukhi, A. Vasiliev)

P.Gudmundsson
Study of minimal requirements for thermal-hydraulics/neutronics mapping schemes in BWR ATWS Simulations
(ETHZ Energy Science and Technology Master Program / Semester Project; Completed June 2011; Supervisor: K. Nikitin)

R. Pittarello
Monte Carlo analysis of RPV dosimetry experiments
(EPFL/ETHZ NE Semester Project/Master Thesis; Completed April 2010; Supervisor: A. Vasiliev )

L. Kalfuss
Simulation of a HALDEN-LOCA experiment with the thermohydraulic code TRACE
(TU-Dresden Semester Project; Completed 2008; Supervisor: Y. Aounallah)

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Trainee and Practicum Projects

R. Nguyen Van Ho
Nuclear Data Uncertainty Propagation for LWR Fuel Assembly Lattices
Trainee, PHELMA Engineering School, Grenoble, France Seoul University, Master Program
(Completed: August 2015 / Supervisor: O. Leray)

M. Ryu
Development and Refinements of nTRACER
Trainee, Seoul University, NE Master Program
(Completed: February 2015 / Supervisors: S. Canepa, H. Ferroukhi)

L. Rossinelli
Verification and Enhancements of the Serpent/SIMULATE BWR Core Analysis Methodology
Trainee, EPFL/ETHZ,Switzerland
(Completed: Januray 2015 / Supervisors: M. Hursin, H. Ferroukhi)

S. Li
CFD Simulations of Boiling and Natural Circulation in Passice Containment Condenser System Pools
Guest Scientist, IAEA Fellow, Nuclear Power Institute China
(Completed: September 2013 / Supervisors: R. Puragliesi)

L. Zhou
Modelling and Validation of CFD Solvers for Juliette Coolant Mixing Experiemnts
Guest Scientist, IAEA Fellow, Nuclear Power Institute China
(Completed: September 2013 / Supervisors: R. Puragliesi)

M. Demeshko
Development and Verification of CSARMA Noise Analysis Method for BWR Causlity Analysis
Guest Scientist, Osaka Univerity, Data Mining PhD Program
(Completed: May 2013 / Supervisors: A. Dokhane, H. Ferroukhi)

S. Bogetic
Refinements and Validation of TRACE/PARCS Methodology for BWR Analyses
Trainee, EPFL/ETHZ,Switzerland
(Completed: September 2013 / Supervisors: M. Hursin, A. Dokhane, H. Ferroukhi)

A. Nigam
Modelling and Validation of COBRA-TF Sub-Channel Code for OECD/NEA BFBT Benchmark
Trainee, EMINE Europen Master Program in Nuclear Energy
(Completed: August 2013 / Supervisor: C. Adamsson)

D. Wicaksono
Comparative Study of Monte-Carlo Code Systems for LWR Fuel Depletion
Trainee, EPFL/ETHZ,Switzerland
(Completed: March 2013 / Supervisors: A. Vasiliev, H. Ferroukhi)

S. Belaid
Modelling and Validation of System Thermal-Hydraulic Codes for Experiments at Intregral Test Facilities
Guest Scientist, IAEA Fellow, Birine Research Center, Algeria
(Completed: May 2012 / Supervisor: J. Freixa)

P. Zvoncek
Numerical Methods for Nuclear Design Optimization of LWR Assemblies with Inert-Matrix Fuel
Trainee, EPFL/ETHZ,Switzerland
(Completed: March 2012 / Supervisor: W. Wieselquist, H. Ferroukhi)

T. Gudmunsson
Development and Refinements of the COBALT Methodology for Thermal-Hydraulic Mapping Schemes in BWR coupled TRACE/S3K Transient Analyses
Trainee, ETHZ Energy Science and Technology Master Program
(Completed: December 2011 / Supervisor: K. Nikitin)

K. Bernatowicz
Trend Analysis of PWR Core Modelling Accuracy (01.06.2010)
Trainee, Gdansk University
(Completed: July 2010 / Supervisor: W. Wieselquist, H. Ferroukhi)

A. Gupta
Kharagpur Indian Institute of Technology Master Student
Modelling of KKG Steam Generator using TRACE (Completed September 2009)
(Completed: July 2010 / Supervisor: W. Barten)

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Courses at EPFL/ETHZ

Special Topics in Reactor Physics

EPFL/ETHZ Nuclear Engineering Master Program
P. GRIMM Lattice Calculations and Burnup
P. GRIMM LWR Core Modelling
  • Lecture 1 Basic Concepts and Cross-Sections
  • Lecture 2 Core Analyses
A. VASILIEV Monte Carlo Method for Neutron Transport Simulation
  • Lecture 1 Basics
  • Lecture 2 Practical Aspects

Nuclear Computations Lab.

EPFL/ETHZ Nuclear Engineering Master Program
H. FERROUKHI Background to Nuclear Reactor Simulations
M. HURSIN, S. CANEPA Lattice Physics
  • Theory
  • Simulations
    • BWR Pin Cell Homogenization
    • BWR Assembly Optimization
    • LWR Library Preparation
D. WICKASONO Thermal-Hydraulics
  • Theory
  • Simulations
    • Blowdown
    • Heated Channel
S. CANEPA, H. FERROUKHI Multi-Physics Core Statics
  • Theory
  • Simulations
    • PWR Core Analysis
    • BWR Core Design
A. DOKHANE, H. FERROUKHI Multi-Physics Core Dynamics
  • Theory
  • Simulations
    • PWR Stability Analysis
    • BWR Rod Ejection
I. CLIFFORD Plant Safety Analyses
  • Theory
  • Simulations
    • Steady-State Calculations
    • LBLOCA, Surge Line Break
    • LBLOCA, ECC Line Break
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