Nuclear Engineering

By: Corey Preston

Nuclear Plants in the US

Nuclear power makes up for about 20 percent of total electricity generated with the number expected to double in the next 15 years.

Market Risk

  • Definition- Determaining the characteristics unique to your particular market and analying this information, which helps you make decisions on your business.
  • There is not many risk in jobs associated with nuclear engineering as you are paid by the government and low amounts of competition for the job.

Engineering Definition

The branch of science and technology concerned with the design, and use of engines, machines, and structured.

Ethical Situation

One of the main natural problems with running a nuclear is the output of hot water in order to cool the main reactors. This can alter the local wildlife in the water and there is a couple of ways to get around it which are not used.

What Nuclear Engineers Do.

Nuclear engineers research and develop the processes, instruments, and systems used to derive benefits from nuclear energy and radiation. Many of these engineers find industrial and medical uses for radioactive materials for example, in equipment used in medical diagnosis and treatment. Many others specialize in the development of nuclear power sources for ships or spacecraft.
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Jobs and Responsibilities

The jobs and responsibilities of nuclear engineers include:

  • Forseeing the operation of sections of a plant
  • Creating safer and more efficient ways of producing power
  • Creating safer meanings of disposal
  • Forseeing medical machines that use nuclear energy
  • Building new powerplants

Citation

Cycle of a fuel cell

Uranium Mining- Uranium is mined at areas below 130 meters, usually in mountains

Uranium Milling- The uranium is refined into small ceramic pellets using grunders and centrifuges.

Refining and Conversion- Uranium-238 is converted into U230 or U228

Power Production- A fuel cell is used for 8-12 years depending on how much its used.

Refabrication- A depleted fuel cell is repackaged into plutonium or PU-220 and is used again for 3-4 years

Disposal- Fuel cells is usually put into large concrete pillars and sent deep underground