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Nuclear Science and Engineering

The Nuclear Science and Engineering application area covers research in a number areas including the application of radiation, radioactive materials and nuclear fission in the areas of nuclear power, nuclear medicine, radiation safety, and environmental management. 

Research topics under this area include:

  1. Risk, Reliability, and Safety Analysis (Aldemir, Smidts) includes nuclear reactor safety, probabilistic safety/risk assessment of large engineering systems, non-linear system diagnostics and prognostics, reliability analysis, probabilistic risk assessment (Levels I, II and III), nuclear power plant severe accident analysis modeling, dynamic methods of probabilistic risk assessment, uncertainty quantification in dynamic systems, fire risk assessment.
  2. Applied Nuclear Physics and Radiation Science (Blue, Cao, Khafizov, Sinha, Vasques) is concerned with the interaction of different forms of ionizing radiation with materials and the modeling and simulation of radiation transport. Applications include the development of novel sensors to detect radiation, nuclear reactor kinetics, advanced nuclear instrumentation and measurement methodology, the damage caused by radiation on material properties, use of neutrons, gamma- and X-rays as an interrogation or probing tool to study advanced materials or to characterize special nuclear materials, radiography, radiation therapy, and the mathematical modeling and numerical simulations of neutron and photon transport problems.
  3. Nuclear Instrumentation and Control (Aldemir, Smidts, Sinha) covers instrumentation and control systems, software reliability modeling, automated software testing, human reliability analysis, digital systems reliability and risk assessment, advanced nuclear reactor instrumentation.
  4. Nuclear Materials, Fuel Cycles, and Waste Management (Cao, Khafizov) covers material corrosion/oxidation, stress corrosion cracking, nuclear materials degradation, coolant technology, electrochemistry, nuclear fuel cycle modeling, multi-scale simulations, fluid/solid interfacial interactions, radioactive waste management.

Graduate Courses

NE 5606: Radiation Protection and Shielding
NE 5610: Reactor Safety
NE 5735: Nuclear Power Plant Operations
NE 5742: Nuclear Radiations and Their Measurements
NE 5776: Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Radioactive Waste Management
NE 6507: Intermediate Numerical Methods
NE 6536: Nuclear Reactor Systems and Analysis
NE 6537: Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics
NE 6708: Reactor Theory
NE 6716: Probabilistic Reliability and Safety Assessment
NE 6725: Nuclear Reactor Dynamics
NE 6726: Reactor Dynamics Laboratory
NE 6750: Nuclear Materials and Irradiation Effects in Materials
NE 6766: Nuclear Engineering Design
NE 7538: Advanced Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics
NE 7777: Risk and Reliability for Digital Instrumentation and Control Systems
NE 7865: Neutron Slowing Down and Thermalization
NE 8717: Dynamic Probablistic Risk Assessment