NucE 470 : Power Plant Simulation
Most individuals entering a career in the nuclear power industry or in regulation of nuclear power (USNRC), will on numerous occasions be asked to simulate an accident scenario in a nuclear power plant or make decisions based on transient simulations performed by others. This course consists of a series of lectures and exercises designed to provide the basic knowledge necessary for intelligent interpretation of results from major reactor simulation codes such as TRACE, RELAP5, RETRAN, and CATHARE. The nature of the material covered combined with scheduling requirements for the computer laboratory will result in some abrupt transitions between lecture topics. However, the common thread of power system simulation runs through everything, and the course is structured to systematically prepare you for the successful completion of the final project.
Course Website : http://www.personal.psu.edu/jkw104/NucE470/
NucE 431W : Nuclear Reactor Core Design Synthesis
This course provides a capstone design experience that will give the student an understanding the design methodology and considerations made in systems or components used in nuclear power reactors and/or in nuclear science. Students will learn design principles, understand and apply design criteria to create a synthesized design product, become familiar with and understand appropriate technical and design terminology and its use, and learn how to prepare technical reports and make technical presentations. The course includes a design project based on a technical problem assignment for a PWR core design. Students are divided in teams to work on separate assignments under the supervision of a Westinghouse engineer. The Westinghouse core design codes are used and they are executed on a HP C3600 Visualize Workstation under UNIX operating system. The final design report is a formal design report that has to be composed of the technical results, written using the results of the reactor core design codes.
NucE 497 : Introduction to Nuclear Engineering
This course is designed as an intensive semester-long course providing introduction to nuclear engineering (NucE) to the undergraduate co-op students, and to graduate students with non-NucE background, and to returning students. After successfully completing this course, undergraduate students will be able to effectively follow the regular NucE curriculum.
Course Website: http://www.engr.psu.edu/cde/courses/nuce497a/