Topics In Nuclear Engineering

Host University

Virginia Commonwealth University


Summer 2023


Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering


Dr. Braden Goddard

Times and Days

4:30pm - 5:45pm

M, W

Course Information

A survey covering the scope of nuclear engineering. Concepts of atomic and nuclear structure, mass and energy, nuclear stability, radioactive decay, radioactivity calculations, nuclear reactions, interaction of radiation (neutrons and photons) with matter, fission chain reaction, neutron diffusion, nuclear reaction theory, reactor kinetics, health physics, reactor power plants (PWR and BWR), waste disposal. Required first course for graduate students in nuclear engineering track who enter with degrees in other disciplines; suitable as a technical elective for other graduate engineering tracks.