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Minor in Nuclear Engineering

Minor in Nuclear Engineering

The Minor in Nuclear Engineering is designed to provide undergraduate students from other appropriate engineering programs (mechanical, electrical, chemical etc.) with the fundamentals of nuclear physics and engineering theory and practice, necessary to equip them with a sound understanding of nuclear engineering.

The fundamental principle of nuclear power is to harness the energy released when a nuclear reaction results in the splitting of the uranium atom, a process called nuclear fission, which also results in the creation of ionizing radiation. The courses designed for this Nuclear Engineering Minor will cover the following three fundamental nuclear engineering areas of study necessary to achieve the program goals and learning outcomes given below:

Minor in Nuclear Engineering at Khalifa UniversityThe fundamental principle of nuclear power is to harness the energy released when a nuclear reaction results in the splitting of the Uranium atom, a process called nuclear fission, which also results in the creation of ionizing radiation. The courses designed for this Nuclear Engineering Minor will cover the following three fundamental nuclear engineering areas of study necessary to achieve the program goals and learning outcomes given below:

1. NUCE301 Radiation Science and Health Physics

2. NUCE401 Introduction to Nuclear Reactor Physics

3. NUCE402 Introduction to Nuclear Systems and Operation (or NUCE 403 as the summer version of this course)

Goals

The goals of the program are:

  • To provide graduates with fundamental knowledge in nuclear engineering.
  • To enable graduates to relate nuclear engineering theory to practice.
  • To equip graduates with design and problem solving skills in nuclear engineering.
  • To prepare graduates for careers as nuclear engineering professionals.
  • To encourage graduates to pursue self-learning and personal development experiences.

Student Outcomes

A student graduating with a Minor in Nuclear Engineering will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic level of understanding in nuclear engineering.
  • Practice a sound level of nuclear safety awareness and culture.
  • Analyze and characterize existing nuclear engineering systems.
  • Design the basics of a nuclear engineering system, component, or process to meet desired needs.
  • Use the basic techniques, skills and modern tools necessary for nuclear engineering practice.
  • Conduct supervised investigation in the field of nuclear engineering with rigor and discrimination.
  • Communicate and write appropriately in the area of nuclear engineering.
  • Understand the basics of regulatory and ethical issues and professional responsibility related to nuclear engineering.
  • Realize the impact of nuclear engineering in a global and societal context.
  • Recognize the need for, and engage in, life-long learning.

Requirements

Students must take all five courses :

Course Code Course Name  Credit
NUCE301 Radiation Science and Health Physics 3 cr.
NUCE302 Applied Mathematics for Nuclear Engineering (or MATH 204 Linear Algebra and MATH 206 Differential Equations.) 3 cr.
NUCE303 Mechanics & Thermal-hydraulics Principles for Nuclear Engineering (or MEEN 343 Heat Transfer.) 3 cr.
NUCE401 Introduction to Nuclear Reactor Physics 3 cr.
NUCE402 Introduction to Nuclear Systems and Operation OR 3 cr.
NUCE403 Introduction to Nuclear Technology and Reactor Systems 3 cr.

 

NUCE 303 Mechanics & Thermal-hydraulics Principles for Nuclear Engineering (3-0-3) 

Prerequisite: PHYS 121 or equivalent

This course provides students with a thorough understanding in mechanics of materials and thermal hydraulics related topics and concepts. The specific subjects are selected on the basis of their relevance and applicability to nuclear engineering technology.

NUCE 401 Introduction to Nuclear Reactor Physics (3-0-3)
Co-requisite: NUCE 301

This course provides the students with the basic understanding of nuclear reactor physics. It also provides students with the fundamental principles and practical applications related to the utilization of nuclear energy from fission. It covers the concepts of neutron diffusion in one-group and multi-group contexts. It also gives a brief introduction to the subject of time-dependent nuclear reactor.

NUCE 402 Introduction to Nuclear Systems and Operation (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: (MECH 240 and MECH 335) OR NUCE 303; NUCE 401

This course provides students with an overview of nuclear systems and power plants, including operation steps, energy transport schemes, various power reactor types, safety principles, and control functions, as a foundation to understanding the theoretical and practical aspects of nuclear plant design and operation and a working knowledge of various safety features

NUCE 403 Introduction to Nuclear Technology and Reactor Systems (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: (MECH 240 and MECH 335) OR NUCE 303; NUCE 401
Note: Students can either take NUCE 402 or NUCE 403 but not both.

This course provides the students with a general description of nuclear energy systems including the performance and operation principles as well as methods for the design and critical analysis of these systems at TAMU, USA. Then, the course provides the students with more practical design of nuclear system and operation including design and functionality of major component in NPP and hands-on exercises of various NPP simulator at KU, UAE. The course includes Field Trips and visits to various Laboratories and Facilities.