Chemical Engineering

CHE5834Introduction to Nuclear Engineering3 ch (3C)

This course covers radioactive decay, fission, and nuclear interactions (neutron scattering and absorption). Basics of nuclear reactor physics such as neutron diffusion elementary reactor theory, four and six factor formulae, and neutron flux variation are introduced. An overview of Gen III nuclear reactors and select Gen IV designs is provided. Other subjects covered include reactor kinetics, source multiplication, decay heat, reactor start-up and shut down, fuel burnup, fission product poisoning, and refuelling. Students will write basic codes to aid in calculations using programming logic such as loops, branching, etc. This course is intended for senior level students.

Prerequisites: CHE 2012 or ME 2413; CHE 2703 or ME 3511, MATH 3503.