Master of Engineering Core Courses

The following five core courses are required for non-nuclear engineering undergraduate majors. Students with an undergraduate degree in Nuclear Engineering will consult with the academic advisor to determine the appropriate core courses.




ENME430 Fundamentals of Nuclear Reactor Engineering (3)
Prerequisite: MATH246. Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Mechanical Engineering department. Credit only granted for: ENME430 or ENME489N. Formerly: ENME489N.
Fundamental aspects of nuclear physics and nuclear engineering, including nuclear interactions; various types of radiation and their effects on materials and humans; and basic reactor physics topics, including simplified theory of reactor critically.
ENNU620 Mathematical Techniques for Engineering Analysis and Modeling (3)
Also offered as: ENRE620.
Probability and probability distributions; statistics; ordinary differential equations; linear algebra and vectors; Laplace transform; Fourier analysis; boundary value problems; series solutions to differential equations; partial differential equations; numerical methods.
ENNU648F Severe Nuclear Accidents (3)
This course assembles, organizes, and develops instructional materials in: core melt progression, fission products release from the core, various deposition and retention processes, with subsequent release to the containment, including interactions with containment structure, and fission products released from the containment, uptake by the public, deposited on ground or water areas. Emphasis will be made on development of simplified analysis tools including the use of MELCOR.
ENNU648K Reactor Physics and Engineering (3)
Introduction to nuclear physics. Neutron transport theory and approximations. The diffusion approximation, and multi group diffusion theory. Neutron slowing down theory and thermalization. Fundamentals of nuclear reactor kinetics.
ENNU655 Radiation Engineering (3)
Restriction: Permission of instructor; and permission of ENGR-Materials Science & Engineering department.
An analysis of such radiation applications as synthesizing chemicals, preserving foods, control of industrial processes, design of irradiation installations. E.G., Cobalt 60 gamma ray sources, electronuclear machine arrangement, and chemonuclear reactors.


ENME431 Nuclear Reactor Systems and Safety (3)
Prerequisite: ENME430 and MATH246. Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Mechanical Engineering department. Also offered as: ENNU465. Credit only granted for: ENNU465 and ENME431.
Engineering, material and thermal aspects of light water reactors, fast reactors, high temperature gas reactors, heavy water moderated reactors, breeder reactors, advanced reactors including GEN IV designs. Evolution of light water reactor safety and regulation in the US that has culminated in the current body of regulations.
ENME489T Nuclear Reactor Design (3)
ENME430 and MATH246.
Principles of nuclear reactor engineering as applied to reactor power plants. This includes nuclear reactor system design (reactor types and functional requirements of reactor systems), nuclear reactor materials (fuels, moderators, coolants, cladding and structural materials), nuclear reactor thermal hydraulics, nuclear reactor shielding, nuclear reactor mechanical design (pressure vessels, piping, fuel), nuclear reactor safety analysis (types of accidents that must be considered during nuclear reactor design) and nuclear reactor accident consequence analysis (estimation of dose rates following a nuclear reactor accident).
ENNU648B Nuclear Fuel Cycle Safety (3)
This course will cover the design and process associated with each step of the nuclear fuel cycle. The fuel scope to be discussed in this course includes the following: Mining and milling, Refining and Conversion, Enrichment, Fuel Fabrication, including mixed oxide fuel (or MOX), Storage (wet and dry) of spent fuel, Transportation of spent fuel, Low level waste, High level waste interim storage and final disposal.
ENNU648M Degradation of Materials (3)
The goals of this course are to achieve a comprehensive knowledge of the fundamental mechanisms of the degradation of engineering materials. At the end of the course, the students will understand various degradation mechanisms that can be induced from thermal, mechanical, UV, and ionizing radiation on polymers, metals, semiconductors, and organic/aqueous materials. The goals of this course are also extended to cover the applications of degradation of materials in advanced manufacturing and environmental remediation. The course also provides a detailed series of lectures on radiation-induced corrosion in radiation fields.
ENPM808I Innovative Reactor Design (3)
Nuclear reactor design is a study of invention to overcome obstacles and innovation in optimizing safety and overall system performance. The objective of this course is to analyze how design challenges of the past were overcome and to project how new applications for nuclear reactor technology may emerge based on innovative design concepts.
ENPM808X Nuclear Reactor Dynamics and Control (3)
Undergraduate thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid flow, differential equations. ENNU 430 - Fundamentals of Nuclear Reactor Engineering (or permission of the instructor)
To provide the topics necessary to understand the dynamics and control of the nuclear reactor. Although the course will be primarily taught from the perspective of the most commonly deployed power reactor design, the pressurized water reactor (PWR), the dynamics associated with other reactor designs will also be discussed. A major portion of the course will be devoted to describing, qualitatively and quantitatively, how a reactor safely controls itself and inherently provides load-following capability and what factors contribute to reactor accidents, such as experienced at Three Mile Island in 1979. The course project will be a Matlab/Simulink simulation of a commercial power plant providing the essential dynamics observed during selected operating scenarios. The students will be guided through the model’s development as the course progresses; using data from the specified plant’s design documentation.


ENPM672 Fundamentals for Thermal Systems (3)
Prerequisite: Undergraduate engineering, physics or chemistry degree. Credit only granted for: ENPM672 or ENPM808J. Formerly: ENPM808J.
Included in this course is an introduction to thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer. Emphasis is on gaining an understanding of the physical concepts through the solving of numerical problems associated with simple thermal fluid processes and cycles. Both ideal gases and multiphase fluids will be considered as the working fluids.

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