Course Descriptions

Department of Nuclear Engineering

Professors M. L. Adams, Y. A. Hassan, R. J. Juzaitis (Head), W. H. Marlow, J. E. Morel, K. L. Peddicord, J. W. Poston, Sr., W. D. Reece; Associate Professors G. Akabani, F. R. Best, W. S. Charlton, J. R. Ford, K. Vierow; Assistant Professors S. Bragg-Sitton, S. Guetersloh, S. M. McDeavitt, J. C. Ragusa, L. Shao, P. Tsvetkov; Senior Lecturer L. A. Braby; Lecturer N. Ostrovskaya

Nuclear Engineering
(NUEN)

101. Principles of Nuclear Engineering. (1-0). Credit 1. I, II

Introduction to nuclear engineering including global and national energy requirements, radioactivity, radiation protection, and fission and fusion reactor concepts.

201. Introduction to Nuclear Engineering I. (3-0). Credit 3. I

Atomic and nuclear physics discoveries that have led to the development of nuclear engineering, atomic models, relativity, x-rays, types of nuclear reactors; problem solving techniques. Prerequisites: MATH 251 or registration therein; PHYS 208.

265. Materials Science for Nuclear Energy Applications. (3-0). Credit 3.

Materials science fundamentals with an emphasis on nuclear applications; topics will include bonding, crystal structures crystalline defects, mechanical properties and radiation effects in metal, ceramic and polymer materials. Prerequisites: CHEM 102, or 104 and 114, or CHEM 107; PHYS 218.

289. Special Topics in...Credit 1 to 4.

Selected topics in an identified area of nuclear engineering. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Approval of department head.

301. Nuclear Reactor Theory. (3-0). Credit 3. I

An introduction to neutron diffusion theory, neutron moderation, conditions for criticality of nuclear reactors. Prerequisites: NUEN 302.

302. Introduction to Nuclear Engineering II. (3-0). Credit 3. II

Basic radioactivity, nuclear and neutron physics as applied to nuclear engineering. Prerequisites: NUEN 201; MATH 308 or registration therein.

303. Nuclear Detection and Isotope Technology Laboratory. (2-3). Credit 3. II

Interaction of radiation with matter; behavior of various nuclear radiation detectors studied both theoretically and experimentally in laboratory; properties of radionuclides useful to industry considered and evaluated from engineering point of view; writing intenstive course. Prerequisites: NUEN 309; ECEN 215.

304. Nuclear Reactor Analysis. (3-0). Credit 3. II

The group diffusion method, multiregion reactors, heterogeneous reactors, reactor kinetics, changes in reactivity. Prerequisite: NUEN 301.

309. Radiological Safety. (3-0). Credit 3. I

Interactions of nuclear radiations with matter and biological systems; theory and practice of radiation dosimetry as applied to radiation protection; design and application of radiation dosimetry systems for personnel monitoring, area radiation monitoring and accident situation; includes external and internal dosimetry as well as long-term risk analysis. Prerequisite: NUEN 302. Cross-listed with SENG 309.

329. Analytical and Numerical Methods. (4-0). Credit 4. I

Introduction to use of numerical analysis and advanced analytical techniques for obtaining nuclear reactor flux distributions, temperatures and transients; use of digital computer in obtaining nuclear reactor design information. Prerequisites: MATH 311 and NUEN 301.

405. Nuclear Engineering Experiments. (2-3). Credit 3. I

Experimental measurements of basic nuclear reactor parameters; reactor operation and reactor safety. Prerequisites: NUEN 303; NUEN 304 or senior classification.

406. Nuclear Engineering Systems and Design. (3-0). Credit 3. I

Nuclear plant systems; conventional and advanced generation power reactors, nuclear simulators, transient analysis using available software for reactor simulators; nuclear engineering design methodology; problem formulation, criteria, trade-off decisions and design optimization; case studies. Prerequisite: NUEN 304.

410. The Design of Nuclear Reactors. (4-0). Credit 4. II

Application of reactor theory and other engineering disciplines in fundamental and practical design of nuclear reactor systems for power applications; use of computer in design operations. Prerequisites: NUEN 304 and 406; MEEN 461.

412. Subcritical Assembly Experimentation and Modeling. (1-2). Credit 2.

Conduct experiments using the subcritical fuel assembly; measure neutron flux using a variety of instruments; compare experimental results with MCNP models of subcritical assembly for different lattice arrangements. Prerequisite: NUEN 303.

417. Introduction to Fusion Engineering. (3-0). Credit 3. II

Fusion reactor requirements and fundamentals; basic plasma properties and confinement techniques; reactor design and engineering problems. Prerequisite: Senior classification in nuclear engineering or approval of instructor.

430. Computer Applications in Nuclear Engineering. (3-0). Credit 3. I

Applications of digital computers to solve nuclear engineering problems; nuclear data and cross-section libraries; deterministic and Monte Carlo methods; discretization methods, problems with multigroup neutron diffusion, depletion, and kinetics; transient heat transfer; analog and non-analog Monte Carlo methods; optimization; applied nuclear engineering codes. Prerequisites: NUEN 304, NUEN 329.

431. Technical Communications Issues in the Nuclear Industries. (1-0). Credit 1.

Introduction to a variety of topics that present communication challenges; opportunities to learn from a variety of visiting experts concerning the nuances and challenges of, as well as successful methods for, communicating with concerned audiences about technically challenging topics. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.

465. Nuclear Materials Engineering. (3-0). Credit 3.

Explore applications of materials science principles in nuclear energy systems; includes crystal structures and defects, metallurgy, and materials thermochemistry; emphasis on nuclear fuel performance, structural material changes, and waste materials; laboratory demonstrations on materials behavior. Prerequisites: NUEN 265, MEEN 222 or equivalent and NUEN 302.

475. Environmental Nuclear Engineering. (3-0). Credit 3. I

Environmental aspects of nuclear power; natural radiation environment and the distribution of radioactivity added to the environment by human activities; evaluation of effects of radiation and radioactivity on the environment and on humans. Prerequisite: NUEN 309.

479. Radiation Protection Engineering. (2-3). Credit 3. II

Analysis of radiation hazard situations and design of nuclear facilities from a safety standpoint. Prerequisite: NUEN 475.

481. Seminar. (1-0). Credit 1. II

Designed to broaden the student’s capability, performance and perspective in nuclear engineering through faculty, student and guest presentations. Prerequisite: NUEN 410 or registration therein or NUEN 479 or registration therein.

485. Directed Studies. Credit 1 to 6. I, II, S

Problems of limited scope approved on an individual basis intended to promote independent study; program enrichment for capable students; results presented in writing to staff. Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and approval of department head.

489. Special Topics in… Credit 1 to 4.

Selected topics in an identified area of nuclear engineering. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

491. Research. Credit 1 to 4.

Research conducted under the direction of a faculty member in Nuclear Engineering. May be repeated 2 times for credit. Registration in multiple sections of this course is possible within a given semester provided that the per semester credit hour limit is not exceeded. Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and approval of instructor.

(See the nuclear engineering course in applied mechanics.)