Welcome to nuclear101.com
-- your web-based resource for a variety of nuclear science and
engineering educational materials.
The purpose of this website is to serve as an educational resource
for students, instructors, and working professionals who are interested
in the nuclear engineering field. The primary focus is on nuclear
reactor physics, reactor operations, and the modeling and analysis
of nuclear systems (since this is the author's primary area of expertise).
However, we eventually hope to touch on many different aspects of
reactor design and operation, so there will probably be something
here that will be of interest to anyone working in this field.
This site is currently under construction.
The basic layout for the site has been available since early 2004.
However, we expect that it will remain quite dynamic for the foreseeable
future as new information is added and/or modified over the coming
months and years. We hope to add a few new modules each semester
for the next several years, eventually providing a relatively large
inventory of educational materials to the nuclear community.
aspect of this site is that it provides a
direct link to data from the UMass-Lowell research reactor
(UMLRR) -- a real operating research reactor that can provide
real data to illustrate many of the basic concepts needed
in the design and operation of any nuclear system. Direct
access to archived experimental data from the reactor (power
level, flow rate, various temperatures, etc.) can be used
to illustrate the actual operation of the UMLRR facility as
well as highlight some specific aspect of the underlying physics
that governs the physical processes under study. In addition,
direct access to real-time operating data from the UMLRR is
also provided -- which allows a user to view reactor operational
data, in real time, as an experiment is being performed. This
real-time capability, via the UMLRR
Online link, should be great for live demonstrations
and for active participation in live experiments. Many aspects
of the UMLRR are also highlighted through several of the applications
included as part of the Lecture
& Expts, Computer
Programs, etc. In fact, most everything on
this site is related, in some fashion, to the UMass-Lowell
research reactor. The UMLRR has been a terrific educational
resource for the students at UMass-Lowell for many years and,
through this site, we would like to share this rather unique
resource beyond the physical boundaries of UMass-Lowell.
This site is brought to you by Prof. J. R. White, his students,
and the staff and management of the UMLRR. Prof. White has 20+ years
experience teaching undergraduate and graduate students within the
Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Department at UMass-Lowell (see
White's personal website for more details on his teaching
and research activities). The goal of the current website is simply
to make some of this experience and many of the unique educational
aspects of the UMass-Lowell research reactor available to a much
wider audience. We hope that you find the information provided here
useful in your studies. Enjoy!!!
the software used to access data from the reactor only allows a
fixed number of simultaneous users, and to maintain a record of
users who visit this site and access the UMLRR
Online resource, we have implemented a login procedure
that requires a pre-assigned user name and password. Thus, much
of the information on this site is password protected, and interested
educators and working professionals will need to request appropriate
login information. If you are interested, please fill in the form
under the User
Access link to request a valid user account.
This website, especially the UMLRR
Online component, was funded in part by a Department
of Energy (DOE) grant through the Reactor Sharing Program at UMass-Lowell
(Grant # DE-FG07-02ID14378). This support is greatly appreciated
and, in the near future, it should lead to much wider use of the
UMass-Lowell research reactor as remote users outside the University
get an opportunity to share some of the reactor's unique capabilities.
We would also like to thank InduSoft Ltd. for donating their InduSoft
Web Studio software to the University for use in this project.
Last updated by Prof. John R. White