Nuclear Engineering Systems


Credit Hours:


Learning Objective:

a. To acquire knowledge on nuclear power plant components and systems, designs, principle of operation, control and safety. Develop understanding of the engineering and physical principles of a reactor including neutron transport, kinetics, thermodynamics, thermalhydraulics, materials, fuels, radiation, shielding and safety. To overview nuclear fuel cycle and waste management.
b. To apply knowledge of mathematics and physics to the design of nuclear power plant engineering systems. To understand the design principles of nuclear power reactors and related systems. To develop a quantitative and qualitative foundation of nuclear reactor control, fuel cycles, radiation protection, shielding, and safety. To perform term project in the area of nuclear systems


A second course for graduate students desiring a nuclear engineering sequence and an elective for students in science or engineering. Principles and practice of nuclear power plant systems with design applications, reactor kinetics, reactor control, radiation protection, shielding, nuclear fuels, fuel cycles, waste management, thermal cycles, heat transport, thermal hydraulics, reactor accidents, and safety analysis
Spring 2020 Syllabus

Topics Covered:

LWR : PWR, BWR, HTGR, LMFBR, CANDU, Advanced reactors, reactor kinetics, xenon poising, reactivity, radiation protection and shielding, nuclear materials and fuel cycle, thermal design limits, heat transport systems, two-phase heat transfer, power cycle, reactor accidents, environmental impacts and economics


NUCL 50100 or equivalent nuclear engineering background

Applied / Theory:

60 / 40


Homework problems should be turned in before the date due. They will be graded and returned as soon as possible. Problems turned in one day late will be graded on a one-half credit basis. Two days late will get quarter credit and any later day submission will get zero credit. Since these problems are intended to show the application of lecture material and provide preparation for tests, individual work is essential. Solutions should make the approach followed clear to the grader. Collaboration on homework is limited to general discussion of the problems and approaches. Each student must independently complete their own written solution to each homework problem. Each homework problem must contain the following header printed in the upper right corner of each page:
Last name, First name NUCL 502, Hwk Assignment #
You can scan the homework and submit at the Blackboard Learn site or email to:


Each student will work on a term project. The project can be on any topic in Nuclear Engineering. It should contain at least two key areas covered such as reactor physics, reactor kinetics, reactor control, reactor components, radiation, doses, shielding, thermalhydraulics, fuel and fuel cycle, fuel management, nuclear materials, and reactor safety. Each student complete a project on the topic chosen related reactor systems or component, writes and submits a formal report. Guidelines for the term project will be provided.


All exams are closed notes and book. Depending on exam, required formula sheets/figures will be provided with exams. Only formula sheets provided are to be used. A zero will be given for missed exams


Official textbook information is now listed in the Schedule of Classes. NOTE: Textbook information is subject to be changed at any time at the discretion of the faculty member. If you have questions or concerns please contact the academic department.Because the material is very broad, in addition to the main reference (T&K) additional references are used. Class notes will be provided time to time on various topics.

Computer Requirements:

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