Nuclear Systems Design Project OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Undergraduate Class on Nuclear Systems Design

Published Jan 23, 2009

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The Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers free OpenCourseWare materials from its course, 'Nuclear Systems Design Project.' This course, offered at both the undergraduate and graduate level, challenges students to complete a project displaying an integrated approach to nuclear engineering. The course will be of interest to all students with a general understanding of nuclear physics as well as students who enjoy solving challenging interdisciplinary problems.

Nuclear Systems Design Project: Course Specifics

Degree Level Free Audio Video Downloads
Undergraduate/Graduate Yes No No Yes

Lectures/Notes Study Materials Tests/Quizzes
No Yes No

Nuclear Systems Design Project: Course Description

Nuclear engineering presents many problems that require an interdisciplinary approach in the search for a solution. The 'Nuclear Systems Design Project' course provides a unique challenge for students to solve. Students are encouraged to pay respect to various fields and theories as they develop their solution. These include nuclear physics, heat transfer, particle transport, materials, safety and instrumentation as well as environmental impact and economic optimization. Students will need to apply nuclear and non-nuclear knowledge in creating and implementing an experiment designed to measure pebble flow in a pebble bed reactor. Techniques such as tracer balls, x-rays and topographic imaging should all be explored. This course is appropriate for both undergraduate and graduate students earning degrees in Nuclear Engineering.

This OpenCourseWare provides the objective, background and challenge for an experiment dealing with pebble bed reactors. A list of resources is also provided. For further information, visit the nuclear systems design project course web pages.

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