Industrial Uses of Radiation

By: Megan Offutt & Samantha Shirey

Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear engineering is the field of engineering that deals with the science and application of nuclear and radiation processes. These processes include the release, control, and use of nuclear energy and the production and use of radiation and radioactive material for research, industry, medicine, and national security. Nuclear engineering is based on physics and math that describe nuclear interactions and the transport of neutrons and gamma rays. These, in turn, are dependent on heat transfer, fluid flow, chemical reactions, and behavior of materials when in contact with radiation.

Although scientists have only known about radiation since the 1890s, they have developed a wide variety of uses for this natural force. Today, radiation is used in medicine, academics, and industry, as well as for generating electricity. In addition, radiation has useful applications in such areas as agriculture, archaeology (carbon dating), space exploration, law enforcement, geology, and many others.

Nuclear Engineering


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About Us :)

Dr. S. E. Shirey & Dr. M. R. Offutt graduated from MIT and are now professionals in the scientific field of radiation.