University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
 

Nuclear Power Engineering

NPRE 402

Dr. M. Ragheb

Fall 2021

 

Professor

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Assignments, exams and Teaching Assistants

        Assignments will account for 40 percent of the final grade.

Assignments  Policy and Guidelines

In case of "Internet Rationing" or collapse through overload,
1. Final grades will be based on submitted assignments and on tests taken,
2. Reading of web-published lecture notes will substitute for scheduled synchronous online lecture sessions.

List of assignments, Word

List of assignments, pdf
 

LECTURE VIDEOS

Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCojdseVcRM185IrViNyT83w

Summer 2021 two-hours lectures videos

Lecture 1
1. First Human Made Reactor and Birth of Nuclear Age

https://mediaspace.illinois.edu/media/t/1_x5va3wet/216440603
Studio:
https://youtu.be/KmFiQ0CYMg0

Lecture 2
2. German Nuclear Program
3. Japanese Nuclear Weapons Program

https://mediaspace.illinois.edu/media/t/1_8mlboi3b/216440603

Studio: https://youtu.be/NoJPHANa4Ac

Lecture 3
4. Nuclear World

https://mediaspace.illinois.edu/media/t/1_zdz580mh/216440603
Studio: https://youtu.be/Z3LWW29ACCg

Lecture 4

4. Nuclear World
4. Nuclear Processes, The Strong Force
https://mediaspace.illinois.edu/media/t/1_mp1sfoyx/216440603
Studio: https://youtu.be/T7cUiib9Hzo

Lecture 5
4. Nuclear Processes, The Strong Force
1. Radioactive Transformations Theory, The Weak Force
https://mediaspace.illinois.edu/media/t/1_jon4w92z/216440603
Studio: https://youtu.be/Rv0ukZ1U0Fw

Lecture 6
3. Radioisotopes Power Production
2. Food Preservation by Radiation
https://mediaspace.illinois.edu/media/t/1_4qdhwi6n/216440603
Studio: https://youtu.be/KvWbvT-xIrY

Lecture 7
5. Gamma Rays Interaction with Matter
3. Terrestrial Radioactivity and Geothermal Energy
9. Gamma and X rays Detection
https://mediaspace.illinois.edu/media/t/1_gk0gy6ov/216440603
Studio: https://youtu.be/vQfiSMFd1qE

Lecture 8
1. Nuclear Reactor Concepts and Thermodynamic Cycles
https://mediaspace.illinois.edu/media/t/1_0o1otixa/216440603
Studio: https://youtu.be/UmCAwgHqW_Y

Lecture 9
2. Pressurized Water Reactors
3. Boiling Water Reactors
5. Heavy Water Reactor
https://mediaspace.illinois.edu/media/t/1_6y9kht2h/216440603
Studio: https://youtu.be/DxdIwokTNKA

Lecture 10
1. Energy Hydrogenation and Decarbonization
4. High Temperature Gas Cooled Reactor
6. Fourth Generation Reactor Concepts
7. Fast Breeder Reactors
https://mediaspace.illinois.edu/media/t/1_k780u3o9/216440603
Studio:  https://youtu.be/u84WMTW6AGM

Lecture 11
8. Autonomous Battery Reactors
10. Isotopic Separation and Enrichment
11. Traveling Wave Reactor
12. Modular Integral Compact Underground Reactor
13. Underwater Power Plants
14. Floating Nuclear Barges
https://mediaspace.illinois.edu/media/t/1_slsfzswn/216440603
Studio:  https://youtu.be/SAI0SCv6EcQ

Lecture 12
10. Isotopic Separation and Enrichment
6. Natural  Nuclear Reactors, The Oklo Phenomenon
https://mediaspace.illinois.edu/media/t/1_7yrv8of7/216440603
Studio
: https://youtu.be/YdYfVJB6fdc


Lecture 13
3. Neutron Cross Sections
5. Neutron Diffusion Theory
https://mediaspace.illinois.edu/media/t/1_ie5xd7iu/216440603
Studio: https://youtu.be/GLTF3LClYHU

Lecture 14
6. Neutron Diffusion in Nonmultiplying Media
7. One-Group Reactor Theory
https://mediaspace.illinois.edu/media/t/1_pccxbab8/216440603
Studio: https://youtu.be/dW7DDxjrYdY

Lecture 15
9. Multidimensional Reactor Systems in Diffusion Theory
2. Ionizing Radiation Units and Standards
https://mediaspace.illinois.edu/media/t/1_2wqh8eth/216440603
Studio: https://youtu.be/Sc3CcGx6lSU

Lecture 16
2. Ionizing Radiation Units and Standards
3. Nonionizing Radiation

5. Radiation Hormesis
https://mediaspace.illinois.edu/media/t/1_yh7sjajv/216440603
Studio: https://youtu.be/T566JlK9bEo

Leacture 17
1. Plasmas and Fusion Reactions
2. Fusion Concepts
3. Inertial Confinement Fusion
https://mediaspace.illinois.edu/media/t/1_dvmv6iaw/216440603
Studio: https://youtu.be/cbeZ3eEBmnM

Lecture 18
3. Inertial Confinement Fusion
4. Magnetic Confinement Fusion
5. Fission Fusion Thorium Hybrid
https://mediaspace.illinois.edu/media/t/1_3pmtz145/216440603
Studio: https://youtu.be/_eK74OH_cCQ

Lecture 19
1. Nuclear and Plasma Space Propulsion
4. Cosmic and Space Radiation
https://mediaspace.illinois.edu/media/t/1_1bhhhj6r
Studio: https://youtu.be/EH54Dvh6b_8

Lecture 20
15. Global Climatic Variation, Change and Energy Use.
https://mediaspace.illinois.edu/media/t/1_3pgdabtg
Studio: https://youtu.be/Jq-SgXHLvxc

EXAMS

NPRE 402 Fall 2021 First Midterm.
To be taken and submitted on *****

NPRE 402 Fall 2021 Second Midterm.
To be taken and submitted on *****

NPRE 402 Fall 2021 Final Exam.
To be taken and submitted on *****.

Exams' grades under UIN's

Teaching Assistants Information
Course Outline

Tests

Two midterm tests and one final test are scheduled.

Each will account for 20 percent of the final grade for a total of 60 percent of the final grade.

Assignments, quizzes (unannounced), final project, 40 percent.

Prerequisites: Advanced calculus course, consent of instructor.

Undergraduates: 3 units of credit.

Graduates: 3 units, plus 1 unit for advanced term paper or project, for a total of 4 units of credit.
 


Calendar for Fall Semester, 2021

Class meets 8/23/2021 - 12/8/2021
3039 Campus Instructional Facility
8:00-8:50 am MWF

 

Instruction Begins Monday, August 23
Labor Day Monday, September 6, no classes
Thanksgiving Vacation  Begins Saturday, November 20
Instruction Resumes Monday, November 29
Instruction Ends Wednesday, December 8
Reading Day Thursday, December 9
Final Examinations Begin Friday, December 10
Final Examinations End Friday, December 17

First Midterm

Friday, October 1

Second Midterm

Monday, November 1

Final examinations

Wednesday, December 15, 7:00pm-10:00pm


Web Text

NUCLEAR, PLASMA  AND RADIATION SCIENCE

Inventing the future


M. Ragheb

Preface

        Part I  Dawn of Nuclear age
1. First Human Made Reactor and Birth of Nuclear Age
2. German Nuclear Program
3. Japanese Nuclear Weapons Program
4. Nuclear World
5. Race for The Super
6. Natural  Nuclear Reactors, The Oklo Phenomenon
7. Sustainable Energy and Resource Management
8. Safeguards, Non-Proliferation and Peaceful Nuclear Energy
9. The Global Status of Nuclear Power

        Part II Modern Nuclear Science
1. The Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiation Universe
2. Constitution of Matter, The Standard Model
3. Elusive Ghostly Neutrinos
4. Nuclear Processes, The Strong Force
5. Gamma Rays Interaction with Matter

        Part III Radioactive Processes
1. Radioactive Transformations Theory, The Weak Force
2. Food Preservation by Radiation
3. Terrestrial Radioactivity and Geothermal Energy
4. Biogenic and Abiogenic Petroleum
5. Management of Radioactive Waste

        Part IV Fission Systems
1. Nuclear Reactor Concepts and Thermodynamic Cycles
2. Pressurized Water Reactors
3. Boiling Water Reactors
4. High Temperature Gas Cooled Reactor
5. Heavy Water Reactor
6. Fourth Generation Reactor Concepts
7. Fast Breeder Reactors
8. Autonomous Battery Reactors
9. Inherently Safe Reactor Designs
10. Isotopic Separation and Enrichment
11. Traveling Wave Reactor
12. Modular Integral Compact Underground Reactor
13. Underwater Power Plants
14. Floating Nuclear Barges

        Part V Fusion Systems
1. Plasmas and Fusion Reactions
2. Fusion Concepts
3. Inertial Confinement Fusion
4. Magnetic Confinement Fusion
5. Fission Fusion Thorium Hybrid

        Part VI Space Nuclear Power
1. Nuclear and Plasma Space Propulsion
2. Space Power Reactors
3. Radioisotopes Power Production
4. Cosmic and Space Radiation
5. Nuclear Defense Against Stellar Objects
6. Nuclear Propulsion Choices for Space Exploration
7. Solar Storms Effects on Nuclear and Electrical Installations
8. Nuclear Asteroid Mining
9. Nuclear Ramjet and Scramjet Propulsion

        Part VII Transport and Diffusion Reactor Theory
1. Transport Theory
2. Subcritical Assemblies Theory
3. Neutron Cross Sections
4. Neutron Collision Theory
5. Neutron Diffusion Theory
6. Neutron Diffusion in Nonmultiplying Media
7. One-Group Reactor Theory
8. Point Reactor Kinetics
9. Multidimensional Reactor Systems in Diffusion Theory
10. Numerical Methods for Diffusion Theory Criticality
11. Fermi Age Theory

12. Two Group Diffusion Theory for Bare and Reflected Reactors
13. Analysis of Fast Reactors Systems
14. The Resonance Escape Probability
15. Treatment of Heterogeneous Systems

        Part VIII Radiological Science
1. Radiation Dosimetry
2. Ionizing Radiation Units and Standards
3. Nonionizing Radiation
4. Environmental Radiation
5. Radiation Hormesis
6. Environmental Remediation of Radioactive Contamination
7. Radiobiological Processes

8. Attenuation of Gamma Radiation
9. Gamma and X rays Detection
10. Nuclear Medicine Applications
11. Positron Emission Tomography
12. Nuclear Sterile Insect Technique
13. Depleted Uranium and its Health Physics

       Part IX  Nuclear Safety
1. Three Mile Island Accident
2. The Chernobyl Accident
3. Fukushima Earthquake and Tsunami Station Blackout Accident
4. Tritium, Man Made Hydrogen


        Part X Nuclear Applications
1. Energy Hydrogenation and Decarbonization
2. Nuclear Age Elements
4. Nuclear Marine Propulsion
5. X Ray and Gamma Ray Lasers
6. Zero Point Field Power
7. Fresh Water Augmentation
8. Single and Dual Purpose Nuclear Desalination
9. Pumped  Storage in Association with the Dead Sea to Red Sea Peace Canal
10.
Uranium Resources in Phosphate Rocks
11. Thorium Resources in Rare Earth Elements
12. Isotope Methods in Water Resources Management
13. Symbiotic Coupling of Wind Power and  Nuclear Power Generation
14. Restarting the USA Stalled Nuclear Renaissance
15. Global Climatic Variation, Change and Energy Use.

        References

        Appendices
Vector Calculus Relations
List of the Known Elements
Table of Thermal Neutron Cross Sections
Physical Constants and Conversion Factors
Systeme International (SI), Prefixes and Symbols
Greek Alphabet
Natural Nuclides Table
Artificial and Natural Nuclides Table
Procedure for the Generation of a Decay Curve: decay.
f90
Procedure for estimating the activity of an irradiated isotope: Isotope_production.f90
One Group Nuclear Criticality Code Listing: criticality.f90
Multigroup Nuclear Criticality Code Listing: multigroup_criticality.f90
Neutron Dosimetry code: neutron_dosimetry.f90
Input data
30 group cross sections: H2O
30 group cross sections: Na

University of Illinois Visit to the LaSalle County Generating Station
 

Graduate Reserch Papers

Sheng Kao, "Decontaminated water discharge and dilution from the Fukushima accident into the Pacific Ocean"
Bruce Hicks,  Texas Winter Weather Power Failure"


Data Files on Isotopes and Cross-Sections

Computer Programs and Output Data Files

Internal Links to Bookmarks

External Links

Nuclear Data for Isotopes and Elements

Nuclear Information Websites

Radiation Safety and Health Physics

Nuclear Power Plants and Government Organizations

Research Nuclear Reactors

Nuclear Reactor Designs

Breeder Nuclear Reactor Designs

Accelerator-Driven Reactors and Waste Transmutation

Nuclear Fusion

Laboratories Involved in Fusion Research

Magnetic and Inertial Confinement Concepts for Fusion Reactors

Alternative Confinement Concepts for Fusion Reactors

Space Nuclear Power and Propulsion

  Marine Propulsion

Elemental Activation Analysis

Medical Research with Radioisotopes and Radiation

Industrial Research with Radioisotopes and Radiation

Cancer Therapies

Food Irradiation and Sterilization

References and Resources

        1.    Edward M. Baum, Harold D. Knox and Thomas R. Miller, "Nuclides and Isotopes, Chart of the N uclides," 16th Edition, Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, KAPL and Lockheed Martin, 2002.

        2.    Lide, David R.,Ed., "CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics," 83rd Edition, CRC Press LLC, 2002.

Related Courses Information

       NPRE402/ME405  Nuclear Power Engineering

       NPRE457/CSE462 Safety Analysis of Nuclear Reactor Systems

       NPRE490MC(NPRE456/CSE416) Monte Carlo Simulations

       NPRE475 Wind Power Systems

       NPRE590SF Nuclear and Radiological Safety

       NPRE459/CSE417 Fuzzy Logic and its Applications

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