FUNDAMENTALS OF NUCLEAR ENGINEERING
Provides an introduction to application of theory to practical aspects of nuclear science and technology. It is intended as a ramp-up course for non-nuclear engineers who wish to pursue additional graduate level courses in nuclear engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Graduate level content will be assured by the use of rigorous quantitative homework assignments, take-home exams, and an individual research project to be presented at the end of the semester. This course is designed to accommodate working adults who must travel from time to time though it is not designed to be taken completely asynchronously. Topics will include: atomic and nuclear physics, nuclear reactions and radiation, radiation protection, fission reactor basics, neutron diffusion, time-dependent reactors, reactor thermal-hydraulics including nuclear heat generation, conductive and convective heat transfer, ideal and non-ideal fuel rod analysis, thermodynamics, and a review of major nuclear criticality and power plant accidents.