Nuclear Engineering (NE)

NE 400 (s) Seminar

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NE 404 (s) Special Topics

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NE 437 Radiation Effects on Materials

3 credits
Joint-listed with NE 537. Cross-listed with MSE 437.
Interactions between radiation and solids.
Prereq: MSE 201 or Permission.

NE 438 Fundamentals of Nuclear Materials

3 credits
Joint-listed with NE 538. Cross-listed with MSE 438.
This course is designed for students who wish to learn about nuclear materials and fuels from a materials science viewpoint. Topics to be covered include crystal structure, diffusion, radiation damage processes etc. Students who wish to receive credit for the 500 level course are required to do term-projects and advanced problems. (Spring only)
Prereq: MSE 201 or NE 450; or Permission .

NE 450 Principles of Nuclear Engineering

3 credits
Course offered only in Idaho Falls.
Basic nuclear and atomic processes; radioactive decay, binding energy, radiation interactions, reaction cross sections. Neutron diffusion, radiation sources.
Prereq: MATH 310, ENGR 320, or Permission.

NE 498 (s) Internship

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NE 499 (s) Directed Study

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NE 500 Master's Research and Thesis

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Course offered only in Idaho Falls.

NE 501 (s) Seminar

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NE 502 (s) Directed Study

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NE 504 (s) Special Topics

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NE 511 Nuclear Degradation Mechanisms

3 credits
Cross-listed with MSE 511.
Topics include various degradation mechanisms as applicable to nuclear structural components, including corrosion, creep, radiation damage etc.
Prereq: Graduate standing or Permission .

NE 512 Nuclear Components Inspection

3 credits
Cross-listed with MSE 512.
This course will cover various non-destructive testing techniques to evaluate the environmental degradation of the nuclear structural components. Remnant life estimation of structural components exposed to fatigue, creep and stress corrosion cracking service conditions will be discussed.
Prereq: Graduate standing or Permission .

NE 514 Nuclear Safety

3 credits
Cross-listed with TM 514. An in-depth technical study of safety issues within the nuclear fuel cycle and within various reactor types. Evaluation methods, system disturbances, safety criteria, containment, NRC licensing, and codes for safety analysis will be presented. Case studies of reactor accidents and corrective measures included.
Prereq: Permission.

NE 516 Nuclear Rules and Regulations

3 credits
Cross-listed with TM 516.
An in-depth examination of nuclear regulatory agencies; major nuclear legislation; current radiation protection standards and organizational responsibility for their implementation.
Prereq: Permission.

NE 520 Thermodynamics of Nuclear Power Plants

3 credits
Course covers applications of First Law to power nuclear plants: boiling water, pressurized, high temperature gas, small modular and advanced nuclear power plants. Nuclear power plant applications of pressurizers, suppression pools, nuclear containment, the application of the Second Law to exergy analysis of advanced fuel cycles.
Prereq: Permission .

NE 524 Heat Exchanger Design

3 credits
This course will cover advanced heat exchanger design and apply that knowledge to the design of the following heat exchangers: tube-in-tube heat exchanger, air cooler, compact heat exchanger, feedwater heater and condenser.
Prereq: Permission .

NE 529 Risk Assessment

3 credits
Cross-listed with TM 529.
In-depth evaluation and analysis techniques used to determine the risk of industrial, process, nuclear, and aviation industries; fault tree analysis; human reliability analysis; failure mode and effect analysis.

NE 530 Two-Phase Flow

3 credits
Course offered only in Idaho Falls.
Treatment of fluid mechanics and heat transfer in conjunction with nuclear reactors where two-phase flow problems are found.
Prereq: Permission.

NE 535 Nuclear Criticality Safety

3 credits
Cross-listed with TM 513.
Nuclear criticality safety including nuclear physics, fusion and neutron multiplication, moderation and reflection of neutrons, criticality issues in the fuel cycle, critical experiments and sub-critical limits, calculations of criticality, nuclear criticality safety practices, emergency procedures, and nuclear regulations and standards.
Prereq: NE 450 or Permission.

NE 537 Radiation Effects on Materials

3 credits
Joint-listed with NE 437. Cross-listed with MSE 537.
Interactions between radiation and solids.
Prereq: MSE 201 or Permission.

NE 538 Fundamentals of Nuclear Matrls

3 credits
Joint-listed with NE 438. Cross-listed with MSE 538.
This course is designed for students who wish to learn about nuclear materials and fuels from a materials science viewpoint. Topics to be covered include crystal structure, diffusion, radiation damage processes etc. Students who wish to receive credit for the 500 level course are required to do term-projects and advanced problems. (Spring only)
Prereq: MSE 201 or NE 450; or Permission .

NE 551 Nuclear Reactor Fuels

3 credits
Selection of materials and design of nuclear fuels, light water reactor fuels, metal and oxide dispersed fuels, high temperature ceramic fuels.
Prereq: Permission .

NE 554 Radiation Detection and Shielding

3 credits
Cross-listed with TM 535.
Radiation transport and shielding concepts. Methods for quantifying attenuation of nuclear particles and electromagnetic radiation. Radiation detection methods, data acquisition and processing.
Prereq: MATH 310 or Permission.

NE 555 Nuclear Criticality Safety II

3 credits
Course offered only in Idaho Falls.
Applications of criticality safety techniques to facility design and review, requirements for unique isotopes, criticality safety evaluations, connections to nuclear materials management, applications of monte carlo analysis.
Prereq: NE 535 or Permission .

NE 565 Reactor Engineering

3 credits
Course listed only in Idaho Falls.
Radiation shielding, materials, instrumentation and controls, separation of stable isotopes, chemical separation and processing, special techniques.
Prereq: MATH 480 or Permission.

NE 567 Advanced Nuclear Systems and Modeling

3 credits
Comprehensive information about nuclear systems (such as, nuclear steam supply systems, safety systems, etc) and analytical modeling of nuclear systems. Description of reactor technologies (such as, Boiling Water Reactor –BWR- and Pressurized Water Reactor –PWR- systems and corresponding modeling and performance of the systems. Reactor thermal hydraulics models/tools are used to model the systems. Course projects are defined for practicing modeling techniques.
Prereq: NE 565 .

NE 570 Nuclear Chemical Engineering

3 credits
Course offered only in Idaho Falls.
Chemical engineering processes related to the nuclear industry; metals dissolution, solvent extraction, isotope separation, uranium processing and other topics.
Prereq: Permission.

NE 575 Advanced Nuclear Power Engineering

3 credits
Course offered only in Idaho Falls.
Present and advanced nuclear power plant descriptions and analysis. Engineering aspects of converting nuclear fission energy to useful work. Group project design.
Prereq: Permission.

NE 598 (s) Internship

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NE 599 (s) Research

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NE 600 Doctoral Research & Dissertation

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