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NE 225

Course Title: 
Nuclear Fuel Cycle
Course Units: 
3
Catalog Description: 
  • This course is intended for graduate students interested in acquiring a foundation in nuclear fuel cycle with topics ranging from nuclear-fuel reprocessing to waste treatment and final disposal. The emphasis is on the relationship between nuclear-power utilization and its environmental impacts. The goal is for graduate engineering students to gain sufficient understanding in how nuclear-power utilization affects the environment, so that they are better prepared to design an advanced system that would result in minimized environmental impact. The lectures will consist of two parts. The first half includes mathematical models for individual processes in a fuel cycle, such as nuclear fuel reprocessing, waste solidification, repository performance, and nuclear transmutation in a nuclear reactor. In the second half, these individual models are integrated, which enables students to evaluate environmental impact of a fuel cycle. Offered alternate spring semesters.
Course Prerequisite: 
  • Graduate standing or consent of instructor
  • NE 124 and NE 150 are recommended
Course Objectives: 
  • Provides students a foundation in nuclear fuel cycle.
  • Emphasizes on the relationship between nuclear-power
    utilization and its environmental impacts.
  • For students to gain sufficient understanding in how
    nuclear-power utilization affects the environment.
Topics Covered: 
  • Mathematical models for individual processes in a fuel cycle such as nuclear fuel reprocessing, waste solidification, repository performance and nuclear transmutation in a nuclear reactor.
  • Evaluation of environmental impact of a fuel cycle.
  • Case studies.
  • Optimization of a fuel cycle from the viewpoint of environmental-impact minimization.
Class/Laboratory Schedule: 
  • Three hours of lecture per week
Assessment of Student Progress Toward Course Objectives: 
  • Weekly homework
  • Midterm
  • Final examination