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Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear Engineering faculty

NE 501 - (3) (IR)
Nuclear Energy Fundamentals

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
A lecture course for non-engineering students; surveys of topics related to nuclear energy, radioactivity, nuclear reactions, nuclear power plants, safety and environmental considerations, biological effects of radiation, nuclear fuel cycle and waste disposal, advanced reactor systems, fusion, and nuclear weapons.

NE 502 - (2) (SS)
Nuclear Energy and Radiation

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
A laboratory/lecture course for science teachers; laboratories on radioactivity, radiation detection, and reactor dynamics; radioactivity, nuclear reactions, nuclear power plants, safety and environmental considerations, biological effects of radiation, nuclear waste disposal, advanced reactor systems, fusion.

NE 503 - (3) (Y)
Nuclear Power Plant Operations

Prerequisite: NE 301 or permission of instructor
Combination of lectures with operation of the UVAR reactor and a power plant simulator; reactor instrumentation; startup, shutdown and steady-power operations; control rod calibrations; auxiliary systems; control room layouts, response to transients, sessions at a nuclear power plant simulator.

NE 601 - (3) (Y)
Nuclear Interactions Theory

Prerequisites: Differential Equations, NE 531 or equivalent
Nuclear and atomic physics for engineers; scattering theory; charged particle, neutron, gamma-ray interactions with matter, radioactive decay.

NE 602 - (3) (Y)
Radiation Health Physics

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Principles of radiation physics; interaction of radiation with biological systems; protection limits; calculation and measurement of dose and exposure; internal dosimetry; radiation shielding.

NE 603 - (3) (Y)
Radiation Detection Laboratory

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
A laboratory and lecture course covering the fundamentals of radiation detection; alpha, beta, and gamma ray spectrometers; neutron measurements; advanced topics.

NE 605 - (3) (S)
Nuclear Reactor Safety

Prerequisites: NE 507 and NE 614, or permission of instructor
Methods of analysis and evaluation applied to reactor design for accident prevention and the mitigation of the resulting effects; protective systems and their reliability; containment design; emergency cooling requirements, reactivity excursions; atmospheric diffusion of radioactive material; safety problems associated with current light-water power reactors and proposed fast reactor systems.

NE 607 - (3) (Y)
Nuclear Reactor Theory I

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Neutron diffusion and slowing down theory; one-speed and multigroup, multiregion diffusion theory calculations; criticality calculations; elementary reactor kinetics; poisoning and depletion.

NE 614 - (3) (Y)
Reactor Engineering

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Power cycles of nuclear reactor systems; thermodynamics, fluid flow, heat transfer in nuclear reactor systems design.

NE 618 - (3) (E)
Reliability and Risk Analysis

Prerequisite: APMA 310 or APMA 543, or permission of instructor
Probability and statistics applied to analyzing reliability and/or availability of engineering components and systems; probability distributions for failures and failure times of engineering components; fault tree analysis of designed systems for probability of failure and associated risk predictions. Cross-listed as APMA 618.

NE 623 - (3) (Y)
Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Disposal

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Survey course describing the various stages in the nuclear fuel cycle; nuclear reactions; fuel management; isotope separation; properties of irradiated fuel; fuel reprocessing; radioactive waste management; high-level waste disposal.

NE 624 - (3) (O)
Nuclear Reactor Materials

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Principles of metallurgy and materials science applied to the selection of fuel, cladding and structural materials for a nuclear reactor; radiation effects on fuel elements; materials problems in light-water reactors, the LMFBR, and the HTGR.

NE 693 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Independent Study

Detailed study of graduate course material on an independent basis under the guidance of a faculty member.

NE 695 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Supervised Project Research

Formal record of commitment to project research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.

NE 702 - (3) (SI)
Reactor Dynamics and Controls

Prerequisites: NE 507, 608, or permission of instructor
Dynamic behavior of reactors and nuclear power plants; time domain and frequency-domain analysis, including state variables and transform techniques; multigroup reactor kinetics equations and derivation of the point kinetics model; solutions with and without feedback; introduction to spatial kinetics.

NE 703 - (3) (E)
Thermonuclear Fusion

Prerequisite: Permission or instructor
Physics and engineering problems associated with the design and operation of future thermonuclear power plants. Topic areas include the physics of charged-particle interactions; electromagnetic energy; plasma fueling, heating, transport and confinement; plasma effects and instabilities; physical constraints on thermonuclear reactions; D-T and advanced fusion fuel-cycles; electrical power extraction; and, magnetic and inertial confinement commercial power plant designs.

NE 704 - (3) (E)
Radiation Shielding

Prerequisite: NE 531 or permission of instructor
Neutron and gamma-ray transport and attenuation; major emphasis on reactor shielding calculations; the theory and application of radiation transport computational techniques, including Monte Carlo.

NE 706 - (3) (O)
Radiation Dosimetry

Prerequisite: NE 531 or permission of instructor
Physical and mathematical theory of dosimetry of gamma rays, neutrons and charged particles, instrumentation for dosimetry measurements.

NE 708 - (3) (Y)
Nuclear Reactor Theory II

Prerequisite: NE 507 or permission of instructor
Neutron slowing down theory, resonance capture, Doppler effects, elementary thermalization theory, calculation of few-group cross sections, heterogeneous effects, control rods.

NE 709- (3) (E)
Reactor Design Computations

FORTRAN techniques, overlays, disc storage; use of nuclear design codes EXTERMINATOR, GAMTEC, THERMOS, ANISN, MORSE, ANDY; applications to engineering design.

NE 710 - (3) (E)
Two-Phase Flow and Phase Transition

Prerequisite: NE 614 or CHE 625 or AM 631
Two-phase flow methodology, including homogeneous-flow, separated-flow, and drift-flux models. Application to flow regimes and critical flow. Topics in phase transition, including nucleation, boiling, critical heat flux, and condensation. Two-phase flow stability and transition to chaotic dynamics.

NE 716 - (3) (SI)
Neutron Transport Theory

Prerequisite: NE 708 or permission of instructor
Derivation of neutron transport equation including integral form; the theory of multigroup calculations; application of theory in reactor design codes including numerical methods.

NE 717 - (3) (SI)
Advanced Nuclear Engineering Topics I

Prerequisite: NE 708 or permission of instructor
Recent advances in reactor theory; developments in nuclear technology; special topics.

NE 718 - (3) (SI)
Advanced Nuclear Engineering Topics II

Prerequisite: NE 708 or permission of instructor
Additional special topics in nuclear technology, depending on instructor and student interest.

NE 791 - (0-1) (S)
Research Seminar, Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering: Master's Students

Required one-hour weekly seminar for master's students in Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering. Students enrolled in NE 898 or NE 895 make formal presentations of their work.

NE 793 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Independent Study

Detailed study of graduate course material on an independent basis under the guidance of a faculty member.

NE 895 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Supervised Project Research

Formal record of student commitment to project research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.

NE 897 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Graduate Teaching Instruction

For master's students.

NE 898 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Master's Research

Formal record of student commitment to master's research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.

NE 991 - (0-1) (S)
Research Seminar, Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering: Doctoral Students

Required one-hour weekly seminar for doctoral students in Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering. Students enrolled in NE 999 may make formal presentations of their work.

NE 997 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Graduate Teaching Instruction

For doctoral students.

NE 999 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Ph.D. Dissertation Research

Formal record of student commitment to Ph.D. research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.


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