In addition to the on-campus class section, this course is offered regularly via the Internet. For information on registering for the online section (EEE 591), see the Fulton GOEE Engineering Online.

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the multidisciplinary applications of nuclear concepts in the engineering profession. The first third of the semester solidifies fundamental concepts related to the practical use of atomic and nuclear physics including particles, reactions, and radioactivity. With knowledge of the radiation physics, we study nuclear interations, fission and nuclear radiation. Finally, the semester concludes by applying the nuclear concepts to the generation of (electrical) power via both fission and radioactive decay processes.

Radioactivity and decay. Radiation interactions and dose. Nuclear reaction, fission and fusion theory. Fission reactors, four factor formula, moderation. Nuclear power, TMI, Chernobyl. Nuclear fuel cycle. Prerequisites: CHM 114 (or 116) [chemistry]; MAT 274 (or 275) [differential equations]; PHY 241 (or 361) [modern physics].

*Course Objective*: Provide students with an understanding of the multidisciplinary applications of nuclear concepts in the engineering profession.

- Students will have usable knowledge of the physics behind nuclear concepts;
- Students will understand the effects and uses of radiation;
- Students will understand the principles of power generation via nuclear processes.

**Syllabus**: EEE 460 Syllabus (2 page document) given out the first day of class.

**Lecture Slides**are located at the My ASUcourses (Blackboard) website.

**Textbook**: R. L. Murray and K. E. Holbert, Nuclear Energy: An Introduction to the Concepts, Systems, and Applications of Nuclear Processes, 7th ed., Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, 2014.

**Corrections**(errata)- Page 11, line 1, typo: "1/2mv
_{0}^{2}" should be "1/2m_{0}v^{2}" like in Exercise 1.7. - Page 27, line 5, typo: "1789.8" should be "1786.8" like the other values in Example 2.7.

**Homework Assignments**- The homework assignments and solutions are located at the My ASUcourses (Blackboard) website.

**Flash Animations**- Mass Defect (Binding Energy)
- Radioactive Decay
- Radon and U-238 Decay
- Fission
- Fusion
- Gamma Interactions
- Boiling Water Reactor (BWR)
- Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR)
- Radiation Effects and Damage
- Spacecraft Charging

**Other Optional Handouts**

Class Mtg | Lecture Topic | Handouts and Other References |
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1 | Introduction; Energy (1.1–1.7) | Relativity relations and Physical Constants. Electromagnetic Spectrum diagram. |

2 | Atoms (2.1–2.4) | Atomic Number Density relations. |

3 | Nuclei (2.5–2.8) | Also see Mass Defect FLASH animation. |

4 | Nuclear Stability; Radioactive Decay (3.1–3.2) | Radioactive Decay FLASH animation. |

5 | Decay Law (3.3) | Radioactive Decay derivations for simple, compound and complex decay. |

6 | Radioactive Chains (3.4–3.6) | U-238 Decay Chain diagram. Also see Radon and U-238 Decay FLASH animation. |

7 | Transmutation; Energy Conservation (4.1–4.2)) | Transmutation equation derivations for buildup and decay |

8 | Momentum Conservation; Reaction Rates (4.3–4.4) | Physics fundamentals. |

9 | Particle Attenuation; Neutron Cross Sections (4.5–4.6) | Neutron Cross-Sections and Nuclear Data. |

10 | Neutron Migration (4.7–4.8) | |

11 | Charged Particle Interactions (5.1–5.3) | Charged Particle Ionization and Range. Graph of the Aluminum Shielding of Electrons and Protons [1]. |

12 | Neutral Particle Interactions (5.4–5.7) | Neutron Reactions and Gamma Radiation Shielding. Graphs of Silicon and GaAs mass attenuation and energy-absorption coefficients [2]. Graph of Silicon Interaction Coefficients [3]. Also see Gamma Interactions FLASH animation. |

13 | Fission (6.1–6.5) | Fission diagram; also see Fission FLASH animation. Fusion (D-T) diagram; also see Fusion FLASH animation. |

14 | Nuclear History (8.1–8.8) | Einstein's Aug 2, 1939 letter to President Roosevelt from the American Institute of Physics |

15 | Review for Midterm Exam | |

16 | *** Midterm Exam *** | |

17 | Biological Effects of Radiation (10.1–10.6) | Radiation Units. Diagrams of Radiation Paths in Tissue, Low Dose Biological Effects, and Radiation Exposure Pathways. |

18 | Radiation Protection (11.1–11.3) | Health Physics |

19 | Uranium Enrichment (15.1–15.7) | |

20 | Criticality; Multiplication Factors (16.1–16.3) | |

21 | Four Factor Formula (16.4–16.8) | Four Factor Formula summarized. |

22 | Light Water Reactors (18.1–18.4) | Power Generation; and Water Properties including steam tables. Diagrams of PWR [4], BWR [4], and Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station (PVNGS). Also see Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) and Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) FLASH animations. |

23 | Other Power Reactors (18.5–18.9) | |

24 | Reactor Kinetics and Reactivity Feedback (20.1–20.3) | |

25 | Reactor Control; Fuel Burnup (20.4–20.7) | |

26 | Reactor Safety (21.1–21.5) | |

27 | TMI-2; Chernobyl; Fukushima (21.6–21.12) | TMI-2 accident description and TMI-2 diagram [5]; Chernobyl accident description and Chernobyl (RBMK) Reactor Design diagram [6] |

28 | Nuclear Fuel Cycle (23.1–23.5) | Nuclear Fuel Cycle |

29 | Waste Disposal (23.6–23.10) | |

30 | Review for Final Exam | |

31 | *** Final Exam *** |

- E. J. Daly, A. Hilgers, G. Drolshagen, and H. D. R. Evans, "SpaceEnvironment Analysis: Experience and Trends," ESA 1996 Symposium on Environment Modelling for Space-based Applications, Sept. 18-20, 1996, ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
- J. H. Hubbell and S. M. Seltzer, "Tables of X-Ray Mass Attenuation Coefficients and Mass Energy-Absorption Coefficients," NISTIR 5632, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD.
- Paul Kehler, Applied Nuclear Science Data, collected by AIC Software, Inc.
- Tennessee Valley Authority.
- B. Pershagen, Light Water Reactor Safety, Pergamon Press, 1989.
- Source Book on Soviet-Designed Nuclear Power Plants, 4th Ed., Nuclear Energy Institute, Washington, DC, 1996.

Nuclear Topics Table of Contents and Quick Jump |
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Anti-Nuclear | Basic Nuclear Data | Fuel Cycle | Fusion |

Health Physics | History | Legal/Regulatory | Natural (Background) Radiation |

Nuclear Power | Organizations | Other Links | Radioactive Waste |

Safety | Space Related | Standards | State of Arizona |

Uses of Nuclear "Energy" | Weapons |

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