N E 1 — COOPERATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM

1 credit.

Work experience which combines classroom theory with practical knowledge of operations to provide students with a background upon which to base a professional career.

N E 231 — SURVEY OF NUCLEAR ENGINEERING

1 credit.

Consideration of work done by nuclear engineers; relevance of nuclear energy to society; environmental and other problems. Open to all students. Offered on a pass-fail basis only.

N E 234 — PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF NUCLEAR REACTOR OPERATIONS

4 credits.

This course presents the theoretical and practical information required to understand operation of nuclear reactors. The course content includes all subjects which must be known by a person seeking an operating license for the university reactor. Instructors integrate information on similar operations and systems in a nuclear power plant. Open to Freshmen

N E 305 — FUNDAMENTALS OF NUCLEAR ENGINEERING

3 credits.

Properties of nuclei, nuclear structure, radioactivity, nuclear reactions, fission, resonance reactions, moderation of neutrons.

N E/​ENVIR ST  373 — NUCLEAR ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

3 credits.

Fission and fusion processes, nuclear reactors, power plants, radioactivity, biological effects, radiation and thermal releases, governmental regulations' impact on society.

N E 405 — NUCLEAR REACTOR THEORY

3 credits.

The neutronics behavior of fission reactors, primarily from a theoretical, one-speed perspective. Criticality, fission product poisoning, reactivity control, reactor stability and introductory concepts in fuel management, followed by slowing down and one-speed diffusion theory.

N E 406 — NUCLEAR REACTOR ANALYSIS

3 credits.

The neutronics behavior of fission reactors, both from a theoretical and computational multi-group perspective. Multi-group diffusion theory, finite-difference and nodal methods, core heterogeneous effects, pin power reconstruction, thermal neutron spectra, fine group whole spectrum calculations and coarse group constant generation.

N E 408 — IONIZING RADIATION

3 credits.

Sources, interactions, and detection of ionizing radiation. Biological effects, shielding, standards of radiation protection.

N E 411 — NUCLEAR REACTOR ENGINEERING

3 credits.

Reactor heat generation and removal; steady- and unsteady-state conduction in reactor elements; single phase, two-phase, and liquid metal cooling, core thermal design.

N E 412 — NUCLEAR REACTOR DESIGN

3-5 credits.

Reactor design projects, reactor hazards, economics.

N E/​M S & E  423 — NUCLEAR ENGINEERING MATERIALS

3 credits.

Fundamentals of fuel and cladding behavior in terms of thermal properties, chemical behavior and radiation damage.

N E 424 — NUCLEAR MATERIALS LABORATORY

1 credit.

Practical application of materials issues for nuclear systems including welding, non-desctructive examination, optical microscopy, electron microscopy, to understand radiation damage and corrosion.

N E 427 — NUCLEAR INSTRUMENTATION LABORATORY

2 credits.

Experiments on nuclear instrumentation, counting, data analysis. One three-hour lab, one lecture per week.

N E 428 — NUCLEAR REACTOR LABORATORY

2 credits.

Experiments on reactor operation, flux measurement, measurements of reactor parameters, using pool type reactor. One three-hour lab per week.

N E/​M S & E  433 — PRINCIPLES OF CORROSION

3 credits.

Thermodynamics and kinetics of metallic corrosion. The common forms of corrosion and corrosion susceptibility tests. Electrochemical measurement of corrosion rates. Corrosion prevention, economic considerations. High temperature oxidation and sulphidation. Corrosion case histories.

N E/​CIV ENGR/​I SY E  460 — UNCERTAINTY ANALYSIS FOR ENGINEERS

3 credits.

This course introduces undergraduates to approaches for quantifying uncertainty in engineering analyses. Both analytical and computational methods are demonstrated.

N E 489 — HONORS IN RESEARCH

1-3 credits.

Undergraduate research and senior honors thesis in nuclear engineering.

N E/​MED PHYS  506 — MONTE CARLO RADIATION TRANSPORT

3 credits.

Use of Monte Carlo technique for applications in nuclear engineering and medical physics. Major theory of Monte Carlo neutral particle transport is discussed. Standard Monte Carlo transport software is used for exercises and projects. Major emphasis is on analysis of real-world problems.

N E/​M E  520 — TWO-PHASE FLOW AND HEAT TRANSFER

3 credits.

Two-phase flow and heat transfer in engineering systems. Pool boiling and flow boiling. Phenomenological modeling.

N E/​E C E/​PHYSICS  525 — INTRODUCTION TO PLASMAS

3 credits.

Basic description of plasmas: collective phenomena and sheaths, collisional processes, single particle motions, fluid models, equilibria, waves, electromagnetic properties, instabilities, and introduction to kinetic theory and nonlinear processes. Examples from fusion, astrophysical and materials processing processing plasmas.

N E 526 — LABORATORY COURSE IN PLASMAS

3 credits.

Provides a background in the techniques for creating, exciting, and measuring the properties of lab plasmas and using the associated apparatus.

N E/​E C E/​PHYSICS  527 — PLASMA CONFINEMENT AND HEATING

3 credits.

Principles of magnetic confinement and heating of plasmas for controlled thermonuclear fusion: magnetic field structures, single particle orbits, equilibrium, stability, collisions, transport, heating, modeling and diagnostics. Discussion of current leading confinement concepts: tokamaks, tandem mirrors, stellarators, reversed field pinches, etc.

N E/​E C E  528 — PLASMA PROCESSING AND TECHNOLOGY

3 credits.

Introduction to basic understanding and techniques. Plasma processing of materials for semiconductors, polymers, plasma spray coatings, ion implantation, etching, arcs, extractive metallurgy and welding. Plasma and materials diagnostics.

N E 536 — FEASIBILITY ST OF POWER FROM CONTROLLED THERMONUCLEAR FUSION

3 credits.

Introduction to the use and design of possible fusion reactors. Problems of the plasma confinement and energy density, neutronics of blanket design, and radiation damage.

N E 541 — RADIATION DAMAGE IN METALS

3 credits.

A survey of the nature of point defects, how these defects are produced, how the defects migrate and cluster, and what effects point defects and defect clusters have on the physical and mechanical properties of metals.

N E 550 — ADVANCED NUCLEAR POWER ENGINEERING

3 credits.

Analysis of nuclear systems for the production of useful power. Emphasis: thermodynamic cycles, reactor types, coupling of reactor and power plant, design synthesis, and plant economics.

N E 555 — NUCLEAR REACTOR DYNAMICS

3 credits.

Basic equations and physical parameters of point reactor kinetics without feedback effects; the nuclear reactor as a total system; reactor excursions, Fuchs-Nordheim and Bethe-Tait models; space-time reactor dynamics; synthesis methods.

N E/​M E  565 — POWER PLANT TECHNOLOGY

3 credits.

Design and performance of power plants for the generation of electric power; fossil and nuclear fuels, cycle analysis, component design and performance, plant operation, control, economics and environmental impact. Advanced concepts.

N E/​MED PHYS  569 — HEALTH PHYSICS AND BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS

3-4 credits.

Physical and biological aspects of the use of ionizing radiation in industrial and academic institutions; physical principles underlying shielding instrumentation, waste disposal; biological effects of low levels of ionizing radiation; lecture and lab.

N E 571 — ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS OF NUCLEAR ENERGY

3 credits.

Economics of the nuclear fuel cycle. Economic and environmental impact the nuclear fuel cycle. Impact on design, plant siting and regulation.

N E/​I SY E  574 — METHODS FOR PROBABILISTIC RISK ANALYSIS OF NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS

3 credits.

Methods for risk and reliability analysis of engineered systems, particularly as applied in the nuclear power industry. Fault trees and event trees, Bayesian data analysis, probabilistic risk management. Some familiarity with nuclear plant safety systems is helpful, but not required.

N E 602 — SPECIAL TOPICS IN REACTOR ENGINEERING

3 credits.

N E 699 — ADVANCED INDEPENDENT STUDY

3 credits.

N E 705 — ADVANCED REACTOR THEORY

3 credits.

The neutron transport equation and its application to the analysis of nuclear reactors. Numerical solution methods, including the multi-group model, one-group equations, energy-averaged constants, discrete ordinates, and Monte Carlo methods. Perturbation theory and variational techniques for practical problems.

N E/​C&E SOC/​I SY E/​SOC  708 — SOCIETAL RISK MANAGEMENT OF TECHNOLOGICAL HAZARDS

3 credits.

Issues involved in decision-making regarding technological risks and risk management in areas such as nuclear power, hazardous waste disposal, and pollution control. Risk perception and cognitive biases; risk analysis and decision analysis; political issues in risk management; regulatory mechanisms; and risk communication. Selected case studies.

N E/​E C E/​PHYSICS  724 — WAVES AND INSTABILITIES IN PLASMAS

3 credits.

Waves in a cold plasma, wave-plasma interactions, waves in a hot plasma, Landau damping, cyclotron damping, magneto-hydrodynamic equilibria and instabilities, microinstabilities, introduction to nonlinear processes, and experimental applications.

N E/​E C E/​PHYSICS  725 — PLASMA KINETIC THEORY AND RADIATION PROCESSES

3 credits.

Coulomb Collisions, Boltzmann equation, Fokker-Planck methods, dynamical friction, neoclassical diffusion, collision operators radiation processes and experimental applications.

N E/​E C E/​PHYSICS  726 — PLASMA MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS

3 credits.

MHD equations and validity in hot plasmas; magnetic structure and magnetic flux coordinates; equilibrium in various configurations; stability formulation, energy principle, classification of instabilities; ideal and resistive instability in various configurations, evolution of nonlinear tearing modes; force-free equilibria, helicity, MHD dynamo; experimental applications.

N E 741 — INTERACTION OF RADIATION WITH MATTER

3 credits.

Review of topics in electrodynamics and special relativity; ionization and energy loss during scattering of charged particles; radiation from charged particles including Bremstrahlung, Cerenkov, and Synchrotron radiation; Thomson scattering of electromagnetic waves by charged particles.

N E 742 — INTERACTION OF RADIATION WITH MATTER

3 credits.

Quantum mechanical elastic and inelastic scattering; partial wave analysis, Born approximation, compound nucleus and Breit-Wigner formula, elastic and inelastic collisions between fast electrons and atoms, miscellaneous topics and applications to neutron scattering.

N E/​E C E/​PHYSICS  749 — COHERENT GENERATION AND PARTICLE BEAMS

3 credits.

Fundamental theory and recent advances in coherent radiation charged particle beam sources (microwave to X-ray wavelengths) including free electron lasers, wiggler/wave-particle dynamics, Cerenkov masers, gyrotrons, coherent gain and efficiency, spontaneous emission, beam sources and quality, related accelerator concepts experimental results and applications.

N E 790 — MASTER'S RESEARCH AND THESIS

1-9 credits.

N E 890 — PRE-DISSERTATOR'S RESEARCH

1-9 credits.

Research by the Ph.D. students prior to becoming dissertators.

N E 903 — SPECIAL TOPICS-PLASMA PHYSICS

3 credits.

N E/​E C E/​PHYSICS  922 — SEMINAR IN PLASMA PHYSICS

1 credit.

N E 990 — RESEARCH AND THESIS

1-6 credits.

N E 999 — ADVANCED INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 credits.