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The following courses are offered by Engineering Online, the Distance Education Division of NC State's College of Engineering. The SEMESTER notation indicates past and tentative future scheduling.


COURSE   TITLE SEMESTER
NE 500   Nuclear Reactor Energy Conversion Fall, Spring
Introduction to the concepts and principles of heat generation and removal in reactor systems. Power cycles, reactor heat sources, analytic and numerical solutions to conduction problems in reactor components and fuel elements, heat transfer in reactor fuel bundles and heat exchangers. Problem sets emphasize design principles. 3 credit hours

NE 501   Reactor Analysis and Design Spring
Elements of nuclear reactor theory for reactor core design and operation. Includes one-group neutron transport and mutigroup diffusion models, analytical and numerical criticality search, and flux distribution and calculations for homogeneous and heterogeneous reactors, slowing down models, introduction to perturbation theory. Credit for both NE 401 and NE 501 is not allowed. 3 credit hours

NE 502   Reactor Engineering Fall
Elements of nuclear reactor theory for reactor core design and operation. Includes one-group neutron transport and mutigroup diffusion models, analytical and numerical criticality search, and flux distribution and calculations for homogeneous and heterogeneous reactors, slowing down models, introduction to perturbation theory. Credit for both NE 401 and NE 501 is not allowed. 3 credit hours

NE 504   Radiation Safety and Shielding Summer
Radiation sources commonly encountered in nuclear applications; attenuation of gamma rays and neutrons; simplified methods for radiation transport including point kernel methods and uncollided dose; definitions of dose quantities and response functions; buildup factors and methods for dose computation. 3 credit hours

NE 505   Reactor Systems Fall, Spring
Nuclear power plant systems: PWR, BWR and advanced concepts. Design criteria, design parameters, economics, primary and secondary loops, safety systems, reactor control and protection systems, containment, accident and transient behaviors, core design, and reactivity control mechanisms. Credit for both NE 405 and NE 505 is not allowed. 3 credit hours

NE 509   Nuclear Materials (also offered as MSE 509) Fall
In this course, most of the materials issues encountered in the operation of nuclear power reactors are discussed. The objective of the course is to give students a background in materials for nuclear power reactors and to discuss the unique changes that occur in these materials under the reactor environment, so that students understand the limitations put on reactor operations and reactor design by materials performance. In the first part of the course we review basic concepts of physical metallurgy to develop an understanding of the relationship between microstructure and material properties outside of irradiation. In the second part of the course, we describe the process of radiation-material interaction, present the methods to calculate atomic displacement damage produced by exposure to irradiation, and describe the changes in material properties that results from irradiation exposure. In the third part of the course, special attention is given to property changes affecting the fuel and cladding performance and operational safety such as corrosion of the cladding, hydriding, fuel expansion, Pellet-Cladding Interactions, stress corrosion-cracking; Credit will not be given for both NE/MSE 409 and NE/MSE 509. 3 credit hours

NE 512   Nuclear Fuel Cycles Fall
Processing of nuclear fuel with description of mining, milling, conversion, enrichment, fabrication, irradiation, shipping, reprocessing and waste disposal. Fuel cycle economics, fuel cost calculation, and discussions of advanced fuel cycles. In-core and out-of-core nuclear fuel management, engineering concepts and methodology. 3 credit hours

NE 520   Radiation and Reactor Fundamentals Fall
Basics of nuclear physics and reactor physics that are needed for graduate studies in nuclear engineering. Concepts covered include, atomic and nuclear models, nuclear reactions, nuclear fission, radioactive decay, neutron interactions, nuclear reactors, neutron diffusion in non-multiplying and multiplying systems, and basic nuclear reactor kinetics. 3 credit hours

NE 523   Computational Transport Theory Spring
This course covers the management of complex technical products during all phases of the product life cycle. It is a broad survey of all the tools needed by the technical product manager throughout the life cycle of a complex product. The course is taught with a systems approach and from the engineering manager’s viewpoint. The product life cycle includes all aspects of managing products from launch through maturity. The course covers understanding customer needs, product design and packaging, market segmentation, pricing, sales and distribution, technical sales support, training, technical services and support, product evolution and upgrades, and management of disruption. A particular emphasis is placed on the needs of complex high technology products and related engineering services. Business topics are covered as necessary to meet the needs of the engineering manager. Students are expected to learn good communication skills. 3 credit hours

NE 541   Nuclear Nonproliferation Technology and Policy Spring
Technology and policy challenges and solutions to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. Topics include: issues of nuclear proliferation inherent to civilian nuclear power development; technologies, processes, and policies for safeguarding nuclear materials and technology; integrating the preceding subjects to strengthen the global nuclear nonproliferation regime. Includes a field trip to Oak Ridge National Laboratory during Spring Break to gain hands-on experience with safeguards measurements of nuclear material. The field trip is required; there is no cost to the student. 3 credit hours

NE 577   Multi-Scale Two Phase Flow Simulation Fall
Modeling and simulation of two-phase flows using interface tracking approach and ensemble averaging approaches. Model validation and verification based on interface-tracking data, boiling models. Nuclear reactor applications. 3 credit hours

NE 591   Multiphysics of Nuclear Reactors Spring
Learn to apply the concepts and principles of multi-physics interactions and time phenomena in nuclear reactor systems. Other topics include: Prompt and Delayed Neutron Behavior; Feedback Mechanisms; Space-Time Multi-Physics Methods; Verification and Validation of Multi-Physics Simulations and Uncertainty Quantification in Multi-Physics Modeling. 3 credit hours

NE 591   Nuclear Power Plant Instrumentation Spring
Instrumentation and supporting systems required for control and protection of a nuclear power plant. Radiation measurement, process measurement, and reactor operating principles used to develop instrumentation requirements and characteristics. Requirements and implementations of instrumentation, control and protection systems for pressurized and boiling water reactors. Design and implementation issues include power supplies, signal transmission, redundancy and diversity, response time, and reliability. 3 credit hours

NE 693   Master's Supervised Research (MNE Project) Fall
Individual investigation of a problem stemming from a mutual student-faculty interest. This course is required for all MNE students and is worth. 3 credit hours

NE 723   Neutron Transport Theory Fall
Advanced theory of neutron transport and computational methods of solving particle transport (linear Boltzmann) equation for reactor physics problems. Principle topics: models of neutron transport; analytic methods for solving transport equation; asymptotic diffusion limit; PN and SPN methods, homogenization methodology; numerical methods for multidimensional problems; computational methods for multiphysics problems. Objective is to enable students to read literature and perform relevant analysis of neutron transport and reactor-physics problems. 3 credit hours

NE 757   Radiation Effects on Materials (also offered as MSE 757) Spring
Interaction of radiation with matter with emphasis on microstructural modification, physical and mechanical effects. Defects generation and annealing, void swelling, irradiation growth and creep, and irradiation induced effects in reactor materials are discussed. Current theories and experimental techniques are discussed. 3 credit hours

NE 795   High Temperature Deformation of Materials (also offered as MSE 791) Spring
The course is intended to introduce students to theories of high temperature deformation and creep along with their applications in materials design. Various phenomenological models along with creep theories will be dealt with emphasis on high temperature deformation of metals (alloys) and ceramics. 3 credit hours

NE 795   Verification and Validation in Scientific Computing Spring
Advances in scientific computing have made modeling and simulation an important part of engineering and science. This course provides students with understanding and knowledge of comprehensive and systematic development of concepts, principles and procedures for verification, and validation of models and simulations. The methods discussed in class will be applied to wide range of technical fields of engineering (including nuclear and mechanical engineering) and technology. The theory lectures and assignments will be complemented with demonstration computer exercises, examples and a computer project on uncertainty propagation in modeling. 3 credit hours