Reactor Systems (3 CH)



Dr. J. Michael Doster


Office : 3146 Burlington Laboratories

Phone: 919-515-3658


Teaching Assistant

TA:  Jonathon Coburn


Office Hours: To be arranged


Prereq: NE401 & NE402


Course Objectives

General - Learn how to apply knowledge in engineering sciences to design and understanding complex systems.

Focused - Gain an understanding of nuclear power plant engineering utilizing specific analytical skills acquired in other courses.


Texts (Copies will be provided)

The Westinghouse PWR NPP, Westinghouse

BWR/6 General Description of a BWR, GE

• NE405/505 Class Notes



• Updated Final Safety Analysis Reports (UFSAR):

    Brunswick BWR

                Chapter 4 – Core Design

                Chapter 15 – Safety Analysis

    McGuire PWR

                Chapter 4 - Core Design

                Chapter 15 - Safety Analysis

Thermal Analysis of PWRs, Tong and Weisman

T-H of a BWR, Lahey and Moody

Principles of Design Improvements for LWRs, Tong

·         NE 400/500 Class Notes

·         NE 402/502 Class Notes




Grading Basis


Grading: Plus and minus will be used.


Exam Dates


Exam 1:  Thursday, February 19

Exam 2:  Thursday, April 16


Final:  Tuesday, May 5



Grade Makeup:

• Examinations

Hourly (2)                                             25%

Final                                                       25%

• Group Computer Projects (2)                         30%

• Homework                                                         20%


Students taking NE505 will have an extra assignment (computer project or term paper) assigned to justify receiving graduate credit.



• Due prior to class when assignment due (normally one week from when assigned).

• EOL students should send homework as an attachment to the TA

• No late submittals accepted without prior approval.

• To be eventually worked alone but can be discussed prior to this time.



If you have a certified disability that requires accommodation, please advise me so I can take appropriate measures.


Dead Week:

Class assignments, such as homework, term paper or computer project reports, could be due during dead week. There will be no examinations during dead week.



NE 405/505

Reactor Systems

3 (3-0) Prerequisite: NE 401& NE 402



  1.  Introduction   (Notes:  Part 1)
    1. Design Process
    2. System Overviews of Light Water Reactors
    3. Industry Subdivisions & Participants


  1. Nuclear Steam Supply Systems Design
    1. Reactor Coolant Systems
    2. Auxiliary Systems
    3. Reactor Control Systems (Notes: Part 2 PWR, Part 2 BWR, Part 2 Safeguards)


  1. Nuclear Power Plant Accidents (Notes:  Part 3)
    1. Objectives
    2. Fuel Failure Modes & Radiation Release Paths
    3. Engineering Safeguards System

a.      Reactor Protection System

b.      Secondary System Protection

c.       Containment Protection

d.      Power Protection System

    1. Accident Analysis

a.      Accident Classification

b.      Safety Analysis Predictions

c.       Review of Real Events


  1. Containment  (Notes:  Part 4)
    1. Building
    2. Pressure Suppression
    3. Atmospheric Cleanup


  1. Core Design of Light Water Reactors
    1. Fuel

a.      Materials Selection

b.      Mechanical Description

c.       Thermal-Hydraulics Design (Notes: Thermal Hydraulic Fundamentals)

d.      Nuclear Design  (Notes:  Nuclear Design)

    1. Reactivity Control

a.      Requirements

b.      Control Approaches


  1. Advanced Nuclear Power Plant Designs  (Notes:  Advanced Reactors)
    1. Advanced Light Water Reactors
    2. Fast Spectrum Metal Cooled Reactors
    3. High Temperature Gas Cooled Reactors                                         



            Homework 1






            Homework 2






Problem 1

Problem 2


            Homework 3






                Homework 4






                Homework 5






                Homework 6






Problem 1

Problem 2


Simulator Files


Accessing EOS Machines Remotely

SIMXNPP Download and Basic Running Instructions

Advanced Running Instructions

Output File Descriptions


Project 1






Project 2




NE 505 Project





Exam 1




Problem 1

Problem 2

Problem 3

Problem 4


Exam 2





Previous Years Exams


            2011 Exam 1

            2011 Exam 2

            2011 Final Exam


            2012 Exam 1

            2012 Exam 2

            2012 Final Exam


            2013 Exam 1  Solution

            2013 Exam 2  Solution

            2013 Final Exam


            2014 Exam 1




            Problem 1

            Problem 2

            Problem 3

            Problem 4       


            2014 Exam 2

            2014 Final Exam