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Nuclear power plant
Master of Engineering in
Nuclear Engineering

Courses

The degree is a non-thesis professional master's degree consisting of 27 credits of course work plus 3 credits of research/paper writing. Twelve of those credits must be in nuclear engineering courses, with at least 18 credits completed at the 500 level. No thesis is required for the M.Eng. in NE degree. Instead, you must take 3 credits of NUCE 596: Professional Topics in Nuclear Engineering, which represents formal recognition that you have completed a paper about an engineering subject. It must be approved by your adviser, a faculty reader, and the program chair.

Courses (30 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    Theory of radioactive decay processes, nuclear properties and structure, nuclear reactions, interactions of radiation with matter, biological effects of radiation.

    • Prerequisite

      CHEM 452 or PHYS 237 or NUCE 301

  • 3
    credits

    Statistical description of systems composed of large numbers of particles in the context of classical and quantum mechanics; basic concepts of probability theory and thermodynamics as they relate to statistical mechanics.

    • Prerequisite

      ME 300 or ME 201 or ME 202 or MATH 231 or CH E 303 or MATH 230

  • 3
    credits

    Nuclear reactor materials: relationship between changes in material properties and microstructural evolution of nuclear cladding and fuel under irradiation.

    • Prerequisite

      PHYS 214

  • 3
    credits

    Ionizing radiation, biological effects, radiation measurement, dose computational techniques, local and federal regulations, exposure control.

    • Prerequisite

      NUCE 301 or NUCE 405

  • 3
    credits

    Nature, sources, and control of radioactive wastes; theory and practice of disposal processes.

    • Prerequisite

      NUCE 301 or NUCE 405

  • 3
    credits

    Nuclear power cycles; heat removal problems; kinetic behavior of nuclear systems; material and structural design problems.

    • Prerequisite

      ME 410 and NUCE 301 or NUCE 401

  • 3
    credits

    Basic knowledge necessary for intelligent simulation and interpretation of simulations of transients in nuclear power plants.

    • Prerequisite

      ME 320 and MATH 251 and NUCE 302

  • 1
    credit

    Laboratory experience in radiation detection and measurement.

    • Note

      This course is required for students who do not have a baccalaureate degree in nuclear engineering and have not fulfilled an equivalent course requirement. Students who do not have an undergraduate degree in nuclear engineering should consult with the Department of Nuclear Engineering to determine if they need to complete this course.

  • 3
    credits

    Thermal hydraulic fundamentals applied to power reactors, thermal analysis of fuel elements, and two-phase heat transfer in heated channels.

    • Prerequisite

      NUCE 430

  • 3
    credits

    In-depth analysis of the reactor core thermal hydraulics; computational methods and practical applications.

    • Prerequisite

      NUCE 430

  • 3
    credits

    Analytical kinetics and dynamics modeling for reactivity-induced transients; reactor accident kinetics methods for simple and complex geometries; experimental methods.

    • Prerequisite

      NUCE 301 and NUCE 302

  • 3
    credits

    Nuclear fuel inventory determination and economic value through the fuel cycle. Emphasis on calculational techniques in reactor, optimization, and design.

    • Prerequisite

      NUCE 302

  • 3
    credits

    Derivation of Boltzmann equation for neutron transport; techniques of approximate and exact solution for the monoenergetic and spectrum regenerating cases.

    • Prerequisite

      NUCE 403 or PHYS 406

    • 3
      credits

      Degradation of materials performance when exposed to the combination of high temperature, neutron irradiation, and aggressive electrochemistry found in nuclear reactors.

      • Prerequisite

        NUCE 409

    • or:
      3
      credits

      Degradation of materials performance when exposed to the combination of high temperature, neutron irradiation, and aggressive electrochemistry found in nuclear reactors.

      • Prerequisite

        NUCE 409

  • 3
    credits

    Fundamentals of the probability theory and statistics, analog and non-analog Monte Carlo methods and their applications, random processes, and numbers.

    • Prerequisite

      NUCE 403 or PHYS 406

  • 3
    credits

    Creative projects, including nonthesis research, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

  • 3
    credits

    Concepts and techniques of analyses useful in evaluating engineering projects under deterministic and uncertain conditions.

    • Prerequisite

      IE 302 and IE 322 and IE 405

  • 3
    credits

    Thermal energy transfer mechanisms: conduction (steady, transient), convection (internal, external), radiation; lumped parameter method; heat exchangers; introduction to numerical methods.

    • Prerequisite

      (AERSP 308 and AERSP 311 and CE 360) or (ME 320 and CMPSC 200) or (CMPSC 202 and MATH 220) or (NUCE 309 and MATH 251)

  • 3
    credits

    Laminar and turbulent flow heat transfer in natural and forced convection systems.

  • 3
    credits

    Second semester of core sequence in fluid mechanics; continuation of boundary layers, stability, transition, turbulence, turbulent boundary layers, turbulence models.

    • Prerequisite

      ME 421, ME 521

  • 3
    credits

    Application of finite difference methods to the study of potential and viscous flows and conduction and convection heat transfer.

  • 3
    credits

    Introduces computational fundamentals, including digital logic; programming language, basic numerical analysis and data processing, as applied to mechanical simulation techniques.

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