Nuclear Engineering

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CHEN.1010 Technology and Human Built World (Formerly 10.101) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 030309

CHEN.1070 Introduction to Chemical Engineering (Formerly 10.107) Credits: 2

Course Details
Min Credits 2
Max Credits 2
Course ID 039469

This course provides a hands-on introduction to chemical engineering and the skills, both technical and non-technical, that will be required to complete the undergraduate degree program. Through both assignments and projects, students learn to: identify a problem, develop alternative solutions, make critical decisions, and work as a member of a team. Technical skills that are introduced in this course include a basic introduction to linear algebra and descriptive statistics, basic technical communication through report writing, and computer programming basics using EXCEL/VBA.

CHEN.2010 Material Balances (Formerly 10.201) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 030311

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

Pre-Reqs: CHEM 1210 Chemistry I, PHYS 1410 Physics I or equivalent.

CHEN.2020 Energy Balance & Introduction to Thermodynamics (Formerly 10.202) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 030312

Continuation of Material Balances including real gas relationships, humidity, energy balances, and the combined mass-energy balance systems. Introduction to the first law of thermodynamics.

Pre-Req: 10.201 Material Balances.

CHEN.2050 Fundamentals of Electricity (Formerly 10.205) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 030313

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

Pre-req: Sophomore Level or Permission of Instructor.

CHEN.3030 Fluid Mechanics (Formerly 10.303) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 032001

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-req: CHEN.2010 Material Balances and Co-req: MATH.2360 Engineering Differential Equations or MATH.2340 Differential Equations.

CHEN.3040 Heat Transfer (Formerly 10.304) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 033342

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-req: CHEN.2020 Energy Balance & Introduction to Thermodynamics and CHEN.3030 Fluid Mechanics and MATH.92.2360 Engineering Differential Equations, or MATH.2340 Differential Equations, and Co-req: CHEN.3170 Applied Engineering Problem Solving.

CHEN.3060 Transport Phenomena (Formerly 10.306) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 002865

Introduction to the theory of the transport processes. Integral and differential approaches are used to develop the macroscopic and microscopic forms of the conservation laws. The conservation laws are used to solve practical problems in the chemical and nuclear industry.

Pre-Req: CHEN.3030 Fluid Mechanics and MATH.2310 Calculus III, and MATH.2360 Engineering Differential Equations, or MATH.2340 Differential Equations

CHEN.3080 Introduction to Material Science and Engineering (Formerly 10.308) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 002866

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-Reqs: CHEM 1210 Chemistry I, and CHEM 1220 Chemistry II.

CHEN.3100 Separation Processes with Mass Transfer (Formerly 10.310) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 002867

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

Pre-Reqs: CHEN 3110 Chem Eng Thermodynamics, and MATH 2340 Differential Equations or MATH 2360 Eng Differential Equations.

CHEN.3110 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (Formerly 10.311) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 002868

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-req: CHEN.2020 Energy Balance & Introduction to Thermodynamics with a C- or better, and MATH.2310 Calculus III.

CHEN.3150 Unit Operations Laboratory (Formerly 10.315) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 002869

Students perform laboratory base experimental analyses in fluid flow and heat transfer and fluid flow and heat transfer unit operations processes common in Chemical Engineering practice. The course is team based and students are expected to develop and improve in their ability to work and interact in a group environment. Written and oral reports are required. Safety in both lad and industrial practice are emphasized. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Quantitative Literacy (QL) and Written & Oral Communication (WOC).

Pre-req: CHEN.2020 Energy Balance & Introduction to Thermodynamics, and CHEN.3030 Fluid Mechanics, and ENGL.1020 College Writing II, and Co-req: CHEN.3040 Heat Transfer.

CHEN.3160 Unit Operations Laboratory II (Formerly 10.316) Credits: 2

Course Details
Min Credits 2
Max Credits 2
Course ID 002870

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

Pre-req: CHEN.2020 Energy Balance & Introduction to Thermodynamics, and CHEN.3030 Fluid Mechanics, and CHEN.3150 Unit Operations Laboratory I, and Co-req: CHEN.3040 Heat Transfer.

CHEN.3170 Applied Engineering Problem Solving (Formerly 10.317) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 002871

This course introduces a variety of applied numerical methods as a means for solving a wide range of engineering problems. Methods to address linear and nonlinear equations, curve fitting, numerical integration, ordinary differential equations, etc are studied, with emphasis on how to implement and apply these methods within standard computational environments (such as Matlab, Excel, etc.) to solve typical engineering problems, Good communication skills, effective application of the selected software tools, and proper problem-solving technique are stressed.

Pre-req: MATH.2340 Differential Equations or MATH.2360 Engineering Differential Equations, and Co-req: CHEN.3030 Fluid Mechanics.

CHEN.3470 Elements of Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer (Formerly 10.347) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 002874

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.

CHEN.4030 Chemical Reaction Engineering (Formerly 10.403) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 002876

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-req: CHEN.3110 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics with a C- or better, and Co-req: CHEM 3440 Physical Chemistry I.

CHEN.4050 Design Of Papers (Formerly 10.405) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 002877

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.

CHEN.4090 Engineering Economics and Process Analysis (Formerly 10.409) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 002879

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. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Applied & Integrative Learning (AIL), Critical Thinking & Problem Solving (CTPS) and Information Literacy (IL).

Pre-req: CHEN.2010,and CHEN.2020, and CHEN.3030, and CHEN.3040, and CHEN.3060, and CHEN.3100, and CHEN.3110, and CHEN.3150, and CHEN.3170, and CHEN.4030 all with a grade of C- or better, and Co-req: CHEN 4130

CHEN.4100 Chemical Plant Design (Formerly 10.410) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 002880

This course is the logical continuation of CHEN.4090 (Formerly 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. In addition to oral presentations, students are required to complete a comprehensive group design project. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Applied & Integrative Learning (AIL), Critical Thinking & Problem Solving (CTPS) and Information Literacy (IL).

Pre-req: CHEN.2010, and CHEN.2020, and CHEN.3030, and CHEN.3040, and CHEN.3060, and CHEN.3100, and CHEN.3110, and CHEN.3150, and CHEN.3170, and CHEN.4030, and CHEN.4090, and CHEN.4130 all with a C- or better, and Co-req: CHEN.4150

CHEN.4130 Process Dynamics & Control (Formerly 10.413) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 002881

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-req: CHEN.3030 Fluid Mech., & CHEN.3040 Heat Transfer, & CHEN.3060 Transport Phenomena, & CHEN.3100 Sep. Proc. with Mass Transfer, & CHEN.3170 Applied Mathematics with Matlab, & MATH.2340 Differential Equations , or MATH.2360 Eng.Diff. Equations.

CHEN.4150 Process Operations and Controls Laboratory (Formerly 10.415) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 033359

Experimental projects dealing with heat transfer, mass transfer, separations processes, chemical reaction engineering, process dynamics, and process control. Written and oral reports required.

Pre-req: CHEN.3100 Separation Processes with Mass Transfer, and CHEN.3150 Unit Oerations Laboratory, and Co-req: CHEN.4130 Process Dynamics and Control.

CHEN.4190 Special Senior Projects (Formerly 10.419) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 002883

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

CHEN.4200 Special Senior Projects (Formerly 10.420) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 002884

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

CHEN.4500 Nanoscale Trans. Phenomena for Manuf. Nanodevices (Formerly 10/22/26.450) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 036698

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-Req: CHEN 3030 Fluid Mechanics and CHEN 3040 Heat Transfer.

CHEN.4910 Industrial Experience I (Formerly 10.491) Credits: 0-12

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 12
Course ID 002891

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.

CHEN.4920 Industrial Experience II (Formerly 10.492) Credits: 1-9

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 9
Course ID 002892

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.

CHEN.4930 Industrial Experience III (Formerly 10.493) Credits: 1-9

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 9
Course ID 002893

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.

CHEN.4940 Select Topics: Paper Engineering (Formerly 10.494) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 002894

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

CHEN.4960 Selected Topics:Paper Engineering (Formerly 10.496) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 002895

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

ENGY.3310 Fundamentals of Nuclear Science and Engineering (Formerly 24/10.331) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 001263

Overviews a variety of fundamental nuclear science and engineering concepts that form the basis for most contemporary nuclear technology applications Course topics include concepts from basic atomic and nuclear physics, modern physics, nuclear models and nuclear stability considerations, basic nuclear reactions and the conservation laws that govern these interactions, various radioactive decay processed, and the interaction of neutrons and gamma rays with matter. The energy dependence of neutron and gamma cross sections, the slowing down process, the computation of microscopic and macroscopic reactions rates, and the characterization of different materials used in a variety of nuclear applications are also addressed. A variety of practical applications are highlighted.

Co-Req: MATH 2340 Differential Equations or MATH 2360 Eng Differential Equations.

ENGY.4190 Nuclear Reactor Operator Training (Formerly 24.419) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004047

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.

ENGY.4200 Nuclear Reactor Operator Training II (Formerly 24.420) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004048

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-Req: 24.419 Nuclear Reactor Operator Training I.

ENGY.4320 Nuclear Systems Design & Analysis (Formerly 24.432) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004052

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)

ENGY.4340 Nuclear Reactor Theory (Formerly 10/24/434) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 036717

Emphasis is placed on neutron interactions in various nuclear core and shield configurations along with the development, solution, and analysis of the neutron balance equation for various situations. Several aspects of nuclear reactor core physics including neutron diffusion, criticality, power production, reactor kinetics, reactivity feedback and control, fuel depletion, fission product poisoning, and some energy removal considerations are treated. General reactor core design and safety considerations are also discussed.

Pre-req: ENGY 3310 Fund. of Nuclear Science & Engineering, and MATH 2360 Eng. Differential Equations.

ENGY.4350 Nuclear Reactor Engineering Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 039663

This course provides an overview of pertinent topics in basic nuclear heat generation and removal in a nuclear reactor, power conversion, and overall system integration and safety.

Pre-req: ENGY.4340 Nuclear Reactor Theory, familiarity with thermo, fluids, and heat transfer.

ENGY.4910 Industrial Experience (Formerly 24.491) Credits: 0-12

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 12
Course ID 036210

ENGY.4950 Directed Studies (Formerly 24.495) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004053

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