Nuclear Engineering

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10.101 Technology and Human Built World Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 30309
Status Active

10.201 Material Balances Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 30311
Status Active

Introduction to the field of chemical engineering and solution of problems involving units and dimensions, mass balances, flow sheets and gas relationships.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 84.121 Chemistry I, 95.141 Physics I or equivalent.

10.202 Energy Balance & Introduction to Thermodynamics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 30312
Status Active

Continuation of Chemical Engineering Calculations I including real gas relationships, humidity, energy balances, and the combined mass-energy balance systems. Introduction to the first law of thermodynamics.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 10.201 Material Balances.

10.205 Fundamentals of Electricity Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 30313
Status Active

An introduction to direct current and alternating current of electric circuits with emphasis on practical application.

10.303 Fluid Mechanics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 32001
Status Active

This course introduces the student to several fundamental concepts and applications of fluid mechanics. It overviews the basic properties of fluids, the study of fluid statics and fluid flow systems, and the development and application of the appropriate mass, momentum, and energy balance relationships needed to solve a variety of practical problems, with a particular focus on the macroscopic view. Emphasis is on the ability to apply the basic principles to the design and analysis of engineering systems involving applications in hydrostatics, internal, open-channel, and external flows, pump selection, flow measurement, etc. The course also focuses on proper problem solving strategy and on the correct use of units in engineering analysis.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 10.202 Energy Balances & Intro Thermo, 92.234 Differential Equations or 92.236 Eng Differential Equations.

10.304 Heat Transfer Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33342
Status Active

Fundamental principles of heat transmission by conduction, convection, radiation and evaporation. Applications of these principles to the solution of industrial heat transfer problems and to the design calculations for heat exchange situations.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 10.317 Applied Math With Matlab; and 92.234 Differential Equations or 92.236 Eng Differential Equations.

10.308 Introduction to Material Science and Engineering Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 2866
Status Active

A general overview of solid materials which are likely to be considered for engineering applications in, or be produced by the chemical process industries. They will be discussed from the viewpoints of their units structures, appropriate phase diagrams, their chemical and physical attributes, and the association of these to end use applications. Discussion of metals, ceramics, polymers, and to a limited degree, composites.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 84.121 Chemistry I, and 84.122 Chemistry II.

10.310 Separation Processes with Mass Transfer Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 2867
Status Active

Introduction to equilibrium staged and other separations, including distillation, adsorption, absorption, membrane and chromatographic based separations. Unifying fundamental relations and concepts are emphasized.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 10.311 Chem Eng Thermodynamics, and 92.234 Differential Equations or 92.236 Eng Differential Equations.

10.311 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 2868
Status Active

The first and second laws of thermodynamics, P-V-T relations, mathematics of property changes, generalized correlation's of thermodynamic properties, application of thermodynamics to problems of phase and chemical equilibria.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 10.202 Energy Balance & Intro Thermo, and 92.231 Calculus III.

10.315 Unit Operations Laboratory I Credits: 2

Course Details
Min Credits 2
Max Credits 2
Course ID 2869
Status Active

Experimental projects treat fluid flow and heat transfer in a unit operations format. Experimental design and use of laboratory resources discussed. Written reports required.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 10.202 Energy Balance & Intro Thermo,42.102 College Writing II; Pre/Co-Req: 10.303 Fluid Mechanics.

10.316 Unit Operations Laboratory II Credits: 2

Course Details
Min Credits 2
Max Credits 2
Course ID 2870
Status Active

Experimental projects treat heat and mass transfer, including staged operations, in a unit operations format. Process measurement and calibration emphasised. Written reports required.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 10.315 Unit Operations Lab I; Co/Pre-Reqs: 10.304 Heat Transfer, 10.310 Separation Process w/Mass Transfer.

10.317 Applied Mathematics with Matlab Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 2871
Status Active

The focus of this course will be to develop the students' problem solving skills for a broad range of technical applications. Matlab will be used as the programming environment. The course will be applications oriented with the appropriate level of mathematics and theory to support the use of the software to formulate, solve, and analyze technical problems. Applied numerical methods will be introduced as a means for solving a wide variety of problems.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 92.234 Differential Equations or 92.236 Eng Differential Equations.

10.331 Introduction to Nuclear Engineering I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 1263
Status Active

Review of relevant nuclear physics topics including nuclear stability, various forms of radiation, radioactive decay, and the interaction of radiation with matter (including health effects). Emphasis placed on neutron reactions in various core and structure materials, neutron cross sections, and the development and analysis of the neutron balance equation for various reactor types. Key aspects of nuclear reactor core physics and shielding design (criticality, power generation, reactor kinetics, reactivity control, fuel depletion, fission product poisoning, etc.) are treated. (10.331 and 24.331 are the same)

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 92.234 Differential Equations or 92.236 Eng Differential Equations.

10.347 Elements of Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 2874
Status Active

Studies the development of the first and second laws of thermodynamics. Ideal gases. Properties of substances. Entropy, availability and lost work. Steam cycles, gas power-cycles, and vapor-compression refrigeration. Dimensionless parameters. Heat transfer by: steady state conduction, convection and radiation. Note: For Civil Engineers, Electrical Engineers and Industrial Management majors only.

10.403 Chemical Reaction Engineering Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 2876
Status Active

Review of principles underlying rates of transformation of matter and energy; effect of temperature and catalysis on chemical reactions. Introduction to the basic ideas underlying chemical reaction engineering. May be taken for graduate credit.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 10.311 Chem Eng Thermodynamics, and 84.344 Physical Chemistry I.

10.405 Design Of Papers Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 2877
Status Active

Fundamentals of the mechanical and optical testing of paper and allied products. Discussion of engineering mechanics involved in various testing procedures. Statistical analysis of test data. Structure of materials revealed by physical tests. Laboratory projects designed to illustrate problems in development of paper products and associated required processes.

10.409 Engineering Economics and Process Analysis Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 2879
Status Active

This course brings together all the Chemical Engineering core principles applied to the development of economic process designs. Economic evaluations of manufacturing operations and projects including essential concepts in accounting, depreciation, time value of money, and the evaluation of investment alternatives are applied for process analysis and design objectives. The impact of management and production costs, product markets, regulatory, environmental and safe production practices, the analysis of corporate annual reports including balance sheets and income statements, and capital and operating costs are all considered in regard to efficient and economic processes. In addition to lecture materials students are required to complete comprehensive projects.

10.410 Chemical Plant Design Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 2880
Status Active

This course is the logical continuation of 10.409. The principles of technical and economic evaluation are applied to a chemical engineering problem. A group of students is given a statement of the problem. They are required to find information on raw materials, products, thermodynamic parameters and plant practices in order to develop the assumptions required to carry out an examination of technical and economic feasibility. Each group generates a final report for the problem. Homework is also assigned to assist the student in the specifics of the problems.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 10.403 Chemical Reaction Eng, 10.409 Economics & Process Analysis, and 10.413 Process Dynamics & Control, 'C-' or better in all previous core courses.

10.413 Process Dynamics & Control Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 2881
Status Active

An introduction to chemical process control. Description of processes and equipment by differential equations and the Laplace transform. Development of block diagrams. System stability is studied by both root locus and frequency response methods. May be taken for graduate credit.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 10.303 Fluid Mechanics, 10.304 Heat Transfer, 10.310 Separations Processes w/ Mass Transfer, and 10.317 Applied Problem Solving with Matlab.

10.415 Processes and Controls Laboratory Credits: 2

Course Details
Min Credits 2
Max Credits 2
Course ID 33359
Status Active

Experimental projects dealing with heat and mass transfer, separations and process control. Written and oral reports required.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 10.316 Unit Operations Lab II; Pre/Co-Req; 10.413 Process Dynamics & Control.

10.420 Special Senior Projects Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 2884
Status Active

Original research projects primarily in the chemical engineering field and supervised by a staff member of the department. Written reports required.

10.434 Introduction to Nuclear Engineering II Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36717
Status Active

A continuation of 10.331/24.331 with further discussion of basic nuclear reactor theory and reactor operations. The 2nd half of the semester focuses on heat removal and energy conversion in pressurized and boiling water reactors, including heat transfer in fuel elements and shields and the heat transfer characteristics of boiling and non-boiling liquids. Engineered safety and overall reactor core and plant design considerations are also discussed. (10.434 and 24.434 are the same)

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 10.331 or 24.331 Introduction to Nuclear Engineering I.

10.450 Nanoscale Transport Phenomena for Manufacturing Nanodevices Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36698
Status Active

An interdisciplinary course taught by faculty from the Chemical, Mechanical and Plastics Engineering Departments, who have special knowledge in nanoscale fluid mechanics and heat transfer. The course on nanoscale transport phenomena constitutes a bridge between existing fluid and heat transfer courses in multiple disciplines and emerging nanoscale science and engineering concepts to reflect the forefront of nanomanufacturing. The course is designed to incorporate recent advances in manufacturing polymer based nanodevices. Key issues of the implementation and maintenance costs for fabrication will be addressed. Hands-on laboratory experiments will be performed to complement the lectures with the ultimate goal of designing and building a complete nanodevice at the end of the course. The course will prepare graduates for employment focused on designing and manufacturing nano/microfluidic systems, lab on ship devices, electronic devices, medical devices and other emerging technologies.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 10.303 Fluid Mechanics and 10.304 Heat Transfer.

10.490 Industrial Experience Credits: 0

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 0
Course ID 35482
Status Active

This zero credit course is used for students in Chemical Engineering who receive special permission.

10.491 Industrial Experience I Credits: 0-12

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 12
Course ID 2891
Status Active

Projects performed by students in the Cooperative Education Program at their place of employment and supervised by the employer and advisor from the department. Reports required upon completion of the project.

10.492 Industrial Experience II Credits: 1-9

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 9
Course ID 2892
Status Active

Projects performed by students in the Cooperative Education Program at their place of employment and supervised by the employer and advisor from the department. Reports required upon completion of the project.

10.493 Industrial Experience III Credits: 1-9

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 9
Course ID 2893
Status Active

Projects performed by students in the Cooperative Education Program at their place of employment and supervised by the employer and advisor from the department. Reports required upon completion of the project.

10.494 Select Topics: Paper Engineering Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 2894
Status Active

Topics in paper engineering. Content may vary from year to year to reflect contemporary applications of paper engineering.

10.496 Selected Topics:Paper Engineering Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 2895
Status Active

Topics in paper engineering. Content may vary from year to year to reflect contemporary applications of paper engineering.

24.331 Introduction to Nuclear Engineering I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 1263
Status Active

Review of relevant nuclear physics topics including nuclear stability, various forms of radiation, radioactive decay, and the interaction of radiation with matter (including health effects). Emphasis placed on neutron reactions in various core and structure materials, neutron cross sections, and the development and analysis of the neutron balance equation for various reactor types. Key aspects of nuclear reactor core physics and shielding design (criticality, power generation, reactor kinetics, reactivity control, fuel depletion, fission product poisoning, etc.) are treated. (10.331 and 24.331 are the same)

24.419 Nuclear Reactor Operator Training I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4047
Status Active

This course provides an introductory overview of nuclear physics and related theory and the various systems associated with the operation of the UMASS Lowell Nuclear Research Reactor (UMLRR). The course is intended for students who want to learn about the operations of the UMLRR and who are interested in a career in nuclear engineering and science. The course provides a multidisciplinary systems approach to education and training, which emphasizes "learning by doing". In a practical setting, students study and learn basic nuclear theory and design aspects of real-world systems associated with nuclear reactor operations. Knowledge is gained by working closely with experienced reactor operators and staff, and through independent study.

24.420 Nuclear Reactor Operator Training II Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4048
Status Active

Continuation of 24.419. Upon completion of this course, the student will be given a simulated Reactor Operator examination, including a written test, an oral test about reactor systems, and a controls manipulation test.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 24.419 Nuclear Reactor Operator Training I.

24.432 Nuclear Systems Design & Analysis Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4052
Status Active

A design course that focuses on the use of modern computer analysis tools for the design and analysis of nuclear systems. Reactor physics and shielding codes and thermal and transient analysis of nuclear systems are completed by small design teams with individual responsibility for a particular aspect of the design. Oral and written communication skills are emphasized. (10.432 and 24.432 are the same)

24.434 Introduction to Nuclear Engineering II Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36717
Status Active

A continuation of 10.331/24.331 with further discussion of basic nuclear reactor theory and reactor operations. The 2nd half of the semester focuses on heat removal and energy conversion in pressurized and boiling water reactors, including heat transfer in fuel elements and shields and the heat transfer characteristics of boiling and non-boiling liquids. Engineered safety and overall reactor core and plant design considerations are also discussed. (10.434 and 24.434 are the same)

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 10.331 or 24.331 Introduction to Nuclear Engineering I.

24.495 Directed Studies Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4053
Status Active

Special problems in nuclear science and engineering assigned to the individual student, with emphasis on modern research methods and preparation of results for publication.