Me 33, Math 251, Nuc E 302
Dr. John Mahaffy , 231 Reber , 863-4018, mahaffy@.psu.edu
HANDOUTS, and Online Documentation will be provided via ANGEL.
Most individuals entering a career in the nuclear power industry or in regulation of nuclear power (USNRC), will on numerous occasions be asked to simulate an accident scenario in a nuclear power plant or make decisions based on transient simulations performed by others. This course consists of a series of lectures and exercises designed to provide the basic knowledge necessary for intelligent interpretation of results from major reactor simulation codes such as TRACE, RELAP5, RETRAN, and CATHARE. The nature of the material covered combined with scheduling requirements for the computer laboratory will result in some abrupt transitions between lecture topics. However, the common thread of power system simulation runs through everything, and the course is structured to systematically prepare you for the successful completion of the final project.
You will be attempting to solve relatively complex problems, with a very complex and too frequently fallible tool (welcome to the real world). As a result you will be required to work in teams to cross-check each other's work. Individual written descriptions are required for all work, but team members should generally submit input decks and computational results as a common group product. Because of the possibility of code problems beyond your control, you should contact me quickly when you believe that you have hit a brick wall.
Tentative dates for written exams are October 13 and November 22.
All assignments will be made via ANGEL,
all results for your homework and the final project must be submitted
via drop boxes provided on ANGEL. The
full results of any homework assignment must be time stamped no later
than 11::59 PM of the assigned due date.
2 Midterms 25% each;
Homework assignments and quizzes 25%;
Final Project 25%.