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ESE-824 Nuclear Energy Engineering
Campus CES
Programs PG
Session Summer Semester 2016
Course Title Nuclear Energy Engineering
Course Code ESE-824
Credit Hours 3-0
Course Objectives Course Objectives
The objectives of this Nuclear Energy Engineering course are:
  • To discuss the essential concept of nuclear energy
  • To describe the interaction of radiation with matter
  • To explain the construction and working of nuclear reactors and be able to differentiate different types of reactor
  • To provide the essential knowledge of nuclear reactor components and their characteristics
  • To enlighten the essential concept of nuclear reactor theory and to develop fundamental calculation skills
  • To describe the heat removal generated from nuclear reactor to produce steam and explain the phenomenon’s involved during this process.
  • To discuss the safe operation of nuclear reactor, excessive risk to staff and environment and prevent incident
  • To provide knowledge and explain the practical aspect of radiation protection and radiation shielding
  • This course demonstrates the students to know the aspects of nuclear reactor physics.
  • The students will be able to differentiate between different types of reactors, next generation nuclear power plant, and fuel cycles.
  • The students will be familiar about the nuclear reactor components and working.
  • The course will provide in-depth knowledge of nuclear reactor theory and understand the phenomenon of heat transfer from reactor core to produce steam.
  • The topic of radiation protection and reactor safety reveals their importance in commercial nuclear power plants.
Detail Content
Book Contact Hours
1 Nuclear Energy
  • Role and importance of nuclear energy
  • Nuclear power planning and economics
  • Particle wavelength
  • Excited states and radiation
  • Nuclear stability and radioactive decay
  • Nuclear reaction
  • Binding energy
  • Nuclear models
LB 4
2 Interaction of radiation with matter
  • Neutron interaction
  • Cross-sections
  • Neutron attenuation
  • Neutron flux
  • Neutron cross-section data
  • Energy loss in scattering collision
  • Fission
  • γ-ray interaction with matter
LB 4
3 Nuclear reactor
  • Fission chain reaction
  • Nuclear reactor fuel
  • Categories of nuclear power plant
  • PWR
  • BWR
  • Small modular reactor
  • Nuclear cycles
  • Isotope separation
  • Fuel reprocessing
  • Next generation power plant
LB 7
4 Nuclear Reactor Systems and components
  • Steam generator
  • Pressurizer
  • Steam supply system
  • Emergency core cooling system
  • Filtered vented containment system
  • Passive containment cooling system
  • Containment spray system
  • Turbine building
  • Control room
LB 7
5 Nuclear reactor theory
  • Neutron flux
  • Fick’s law
  • Equation of continuity
  • Diffusion equation
  • Boundary conditions
  • Diffusion length
  • One-group reactor equation
  • Slab reactor and other reactor shapes
  • Thermal reactors
  • Reflected reactors
LB 7
6 Heat Removal from reactor
  • Thermodynamics
  • Heat generation in reactors
  • Heat flow by conduction
  • Heat transfer to coolants
  • Boiling Heat transfer
LB 7
7 Nuclear reactor safety
  • Reliability
  • Risk
  • Safety
  • PSA 1, 2, 3
  • LPSA
  • Risk Monitoring
8 Radiation protection and shielding
  • Definition and units of radiation
  • Biological effects of radiation
  • Calculation of radiation protection
  • Principles of reactor shielding
  • Gamma-ray shielding
Total 45
Text/Ref Books
S.No. Title Author(s) Assigned Code Remarks
1 Introduction to Nuclear Engineering, 3rd Ed., Prentice Hall, 2001 J. R. Lamarshand A. J. Baratta LB Text Book
2 Nuclear reactor analysis, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1976. J. J. Duderstadt and L. J. Hamilton DL Reference Book
3 Fundamentals of Nuclear Reactor Physics E. E. Lewis EE Reference Book
4 Nuclear Energy: An introduction to the concepts, systems, and applications of nuclear processes, 6thEdition, Elsevier Inc., 2009 R. L. Murray RM Reference Book
5 Handbook of Nuclear Engineering, Springer 2010 D. G. Cacuci GC Reference Book
6 Nuclear Engineering Theory and Technology of Commercial Nuclear Power 2008 R. A. Knief RK Reference Book
7 Nuclear Safety Gianni Petrangeli GP Reference Book
Time Schedule Summer 2014
Faculty/Resource Person Dr. Majid Ali
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. - Nuclear Energy Science and Technology