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NE (Nuclear Engineering)

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Dual-Level Course

No

Cross-listed Course

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Computational Transport Theory

Computational Transport

College of Engineering

Nuclear Engineering (14NE)

Term Offering

Spring Only

Offered Every Year

Spring 2017

Previously taught as Special Topics?

Yes

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Course Prefix/Number | Semester/Term Offered | Enrollment |
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NE 591 | Fall 2011 | 9 |

NE 591 | Fall 2012 | 5 |

NE 591 | Spring 2016 | 7 |

Course Delivery

Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Distance Education (DELTA)

Distance Education (DELTA)

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Graded/Audit

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Component Type | Contact Hours |
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Lecture | 3 |

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Course Is Repeatable for Credit

No

Yousry Y. Azmy

Professor of Nuclear Engineering

Full

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip

Enrollment Component | Per Semester | Per Section | Multiple Sections? | Comments |
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Lecture | 7 | 7 | No | Based on this year's enrolment |

Delivery Format | Per Semester | Per Section | Multiple Sections? | Comments |
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LEC | 3 | 3 | No | based on previous year's enrolment |

NE 401/501: Reactor Analysis and Design Advanced math & moderate programming skills are necessary. Permissible programming languages: Fortran or C++

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?

No

Derivation of the nonlinear Boltzmann equation for a rarefied gas and linearization to the equation of transport of neutral particles. Deterministic methods for solving the neutron transport equation: Multigroup energy discretization; Discrete Ordinates angular discretization; various spatial discretization methods. Convergence of numerical solutions with discretization refinement. Iterative solution algorithms: inner, outer, and power iterations. Spectral analysis of inner iterations convergence and acceleration. Selection of advanced topics.

This course will introduce first year graduate students and advanced seniors in the Department of Nuclear Engineering to a broad selection of computational topics in radiation transport. Advanced mathematical analysis techniques that serve computational methods' purposes are covered then deployed to illustrate their utility in the design and analysis of numerical methods and solution algorithms. Homework assignments require the students to implement some of the covered methods and algorithms in a sequence of computer codes using Fortran or C++ as these are the most common programming languages for computationally intensive applications like radiation transport.

No

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No new resources are required. The course will be taught by Dr. Yousry Azmy who is a current faculty in the Department of Nuclear Engineering as part of his annual teaching commitment.

This course seeks to provide the students with:

- Fundamental understanding of the physics & mathematics underpinnings of neutron transport theory
- Thorough understanding of the computational challenges in solving the neutron transport equation (NTE)
- Full coverage of and hands-on experience with numerical methods employed in solving the NTE
- Exposure to and utilization of basic software engineering practices and debugging strategies

Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course the students will be able to:

- Explain the physics foundation of the neutron transport equation (NTE) and its underlying assumptions
- Identify relationships among various numerical methods employed in solving the NTE
- Analyze and justify discretization methods in energy, angle, and space for computationally solving the NTE
- Apply spectral analysis to predict performance of iterative algorithms for solving the NTE
- Implement new Fortran or C++ code or maintain existing code for solving the NTE

Evaluation Method | Weighting/Points for Each | Details |
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Quizzes | 20% | 10 True/False or Multiple Choice questions in beginning of class, 4 times per semester |

Homework | 20% | 4 problems per set, 4 times per semester |

Other | 20% | 4 programming assignments per semester building up to a code that solves the one-speed, steady state radiation transport equation in x,y geometry |

Midterm | 20% | 5 problems, take home |

Final Exam | 20% | 3 or 4 problems take home |

Topic | Time Devoted to Each Topic | Activity |
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Nonlinear Boltzmann equation & linearization to neutron transport equation | 5 lectures | Derivation of the Boltzmann equation for one-species rarefied gas followed by generalization to multi-species. Linearization of resulting integro-differential for terrestrial neutronic systems. |

Theoretical aspects of transport theory | 4 lectures | Basic definitions of quantities involved in Transport Theory; NTE Assumptions: Initial & Boundary Conditions; Vector Spaces & Scalar Products; Orthonormal Basis; Scattering Source: Spherical Harmonics |

Overview of numerical methods for solving the transport equation | 1/2 lecture | NTE numerical meth: A taxonomy |

Energy discretization: Multigroup approximation | 1/2 lecture | Discretization of Energy in NTE: Multigroup (MG) Theory & MG consts |

Angle discretization: Discrete Ordinates | 1 lecture | Discretization of Angle in NTE: Method of Discrete Ordinates (SN) in slab, & multidimensional |

Spatial discretization | 2 lectures | Discretization of Spatial dependence in NTE-SN: Diamond Difference (DD), Characteristic, Nodal, Linear-Discontinuous (LD), Discontinuous-Galerkin Finite Element (DGFEM) |

Solution algorithms: Mesh sweep; inner/outer iterations; fission/scattering source | 5 lectures | Iterations: multidimensional mesh sweep & Inner iterations; Integral Form of TE with isotropic & anisotropic scattering; Criticality: Steady-state solution; k-ev; k- vs alpha-eigenproblem; Iterations: Outer; Power |

Convergence of numerical solutions with discretization refinement | 8 lectures | Adjoint basics; Adjoint non-multiplying TE; importance. Existence & uniqueness of TE solution Invariance & symmetry: Dimension & size reduction Asymptotics; Numerical solution convergence. Convergence of TE numerical solutions: E, Omega, r. SN solution: existence, regularity, uniqueness, non-negativity, convergence. Error analysis of Diamond Difference method in 2D |

Iterative convergence & acceleration | 1 lecture | Spectral analysis of iterations; Eigenmode convergence |

Advanced topics | 2 lectures | Ray effects; bootstrapping; multiprocessing |

mlnosbis 5/20/2016: No overlapping courses. Is consultation needed?

ghodge 5/31/2016 No consultation need. Ready for ABGS reviewers.

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ghodge 5/31/2016 No consultation need. Ready for ABGS reviewers.

ABGS Reviewer Comments:

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