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 Corrections**- Errata available from the authors at http://www.mne.ksu.edu/~jks/books.htm

**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**- Errata available from the authors at http://www.mne.ksu.edu/~jks/books.htm

Class Mtg | Lecture Topic | Handouts and Other References |
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1 | Introduction; Atoms and Nuclei; Number Density (1.1-1.3) | Atomic Number Density relations. |

2 | Relativity; Photons (2.1-2.2); Atomic–Nuclear Models; Nuclear Stability (3.1-3.2) | Relativity relations and Physical Constants. Electromagnetic Spectrum diagram. |

3 | Binding Energy; Nuclear Reactions; Q-value (4.1-4.7) | Physics fundamentals. Also see Mass Defect FLASH animation. |

4 | Radioactive Decay; Decay Law; Activity (5.1-5.5) | Radioactive Decay derivations for simple, compound and complex decay. Also see Radioactive Decay FLASH animation. |

5 | Transmutation; Compound Decay (5.6) | Transmutation equation derivations for buildup and decay |

6 | Decay Chains; Natural Radioactivity (5.7-5.9) | U-238 Decay Chain diagram. Also see Radon and U-238 Decay FLASH animation. |

7 | EXTRA: Nuclear History | |

8 | Review for Exam #1 | |

9 | *** Exam #1 *** | |

10 | Binary Reactions (6.1-6.4) | |

11 | Neutron Reactions; Fission; Fusion (6.5-6.7) | Fission diagram; also see Fission FLASH animation. Fusion (D-T) diagram; also see Fusion FLASH animation. |

12 | Attenuation; Flux; Cross-sections; Reaction Rates; Point Source (7.1-7.2) | Neutron Reactions; and
Gamma Radiation Shielding. Graphs of Silicon and GaAs mass attenuation and energy-absorption coefficients [1]. |

13 | Photon Interactions; Neutron Interactions (7.3-7.4) | Graph of Silicon Interaction Coefficients [2]. Also see Gamma Interactions FLASH animation. Neutron Cross-Sections and Nuclear Data. |

14 | Charged Particle Interactions (7.5) | Charged Particle Ionization and Range. Graph of the Aluminum Shielding of Electrons and Protons [3]. |

15 | Radiation Dose; Dose Units; Exposure; Biological Effects of Radiation (9.1-9.4) | Health Physics; and Radiation Units. Diagrams of Radiation Paths in Tissue, Low Dose Biological Effects, and Radiation Exposure Pathways. |

16 | Review for Exam #2 | |

17 | *** Exam #2 *** | |

18 | Moderation; Nuclear Fuel; Criticality; Multiplication Factor; Four Factor Formula (10.1-10.3) | Four Factor Formula summarized. |

19 | Critical Reactor Core (10.4-10.5) | |

20 | Reactor Kinetics; Delayed Neutrons (10.6) | |

21 | Reactor Dynamics; Reactivity Feedback (10.7-10.8) | |

22 | Electric Power Generation; Gen II PWRs and BWRs (11.1-11.3) | 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 | Nuclear Power Generation; Gen III and IV plants (11.4-11.5) | |

24 | Nuclear Fuel Cycle; Nuclear Waste and Disposal (11.6) | Nuclear Fuel Cycle |

25 | Nuclear Propulsion (11.7); Fusion (12.1-12.3); Space Reactors (12.10) | |

26 | Thermoelectric Generators; Thermionics; Direct Energy Conversion; Radioisotopic Power Sources (12.4-12.5, 12.8-12.9) | |

27 | EXTRA: Three Mile Island; Chernobyl | TMI-2 accident description and TMI-2 diagram [5]; Chernobyl accident description and Chernobyl (RBMK) Reactor Design diagram [6] |

28 | Review for Final Exam | |

29 | *** Final Exam *** |

- 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.
- 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.
- 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.

- Einstein's Aug 2, 1939 letter to President Roosevelt from the American Institute of Physics

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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