NE 512 Nuclear Fuel Cycles

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.


• Prerequisite

NE401/501 Reactor Analysis and Design or NE520 Radiation and Reactor Fundamentals or equivalent.

• Course Objectives

Students will gain an understanding of the technical aspects of all stages of the nuclear fuel cycle for both open and closed fuel cycles. In depth knowledge of in-core and out-of-core nuclear fuel management will be acquired, with an emphasis on light water reactors.

• Course Requirements

HOMEWORK: Ten assignments

Term Paper and Presentation: One assignment on the backend or advanced fuel cycles

EXAMINATIONS: Two hourly + Final

SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS: Ability to remotely access NC State University computer

PROJECTS: One involving determining optimum loading pattern

• Textbook

The Nuclear Fuel Cycle, Nicholas Tsoulfanidis, American Nuclear Society, ISBN 978-0-89448-460-5

• Computer and Internet Requirements

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• Instructor

Dr. David Kropaczek, Professor
Dept. of Nuclear Engineering
Burlington Laboratory 2109, Box 7909
NCSU Campus
Raleigh, NC 27695

Fax: 919-515-5115

Dr. Paul J. Turinsky, Professor
Dept. of Nuclear Engineering
Engineering Building 3 Room 2310 , Box 7926
NCSU Centennial Campus
Raleigh, NC 27695

Phone: 919-513-2275
Fax: 919-515-5115