NRE 6755: Radiological Assessment and Waste Management

 

Credit Hours:3-0-3
Prerequisites:HP 6403 and HP 6406
Catalog Description:Critical analyses of sources and human exposures; mathematical models through the biosphere; environmental transport, and exposure for nuclear facilities and waste disposal/processing. Crosslisted with HP 6755.
Textbooks:Richard E. Faw and J. Kenneth Shultis, Radiological Assessment: Sources and Doses, First Edition, American Nuclear Society, 1999.
Instructors:Nolan E. Hertel
References:

Radiological Assessment, Till and Meyer, USNRC, 1983.

Radioecology: Nuclear Energy and the Environment, F. W. Whicker and V. Schultz, CRC Press, 1982.

Radioactive Waste Management, Tang and Saling, Hemisphere Publishing Corp., 1990.

Goals:
  1. To integrate the modeling tools to perform radiological assessments of waste disposal sites, nuclear facilities and contaminated sites.
  2. To use such assessments to evaluate the efficacy of alternative design and restoration options.
  3. Cover the fundamentals of radioactive waste management.
Prerequisite by Topic:Health Physics Fundamentals, Radioactive Decay, Basic Radiation Dosimetry
Topics:
  • Overview of Radiological Assessment
  • Synthesis of Scenario and Exposure Pathways
  • Modeling Atmospheric Dispersion of Radionuclides
  • Modeling Dispersion of Radionuclides in Surface and Ground waters
  • Pathway Analysis/Exposure Pathways
    • Terrestrial
    • Aquatic and Marine
    • Food Chain
  • Accident Scenarios
  • Human Health Risk Assessment
  • Radioactive Waste Forms
  • Regulation and Siting of Waste Management Facilities
  • Case Studies
  • Public Health, Environmental and Safety Aspects of Waste Management Practices
  • Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management
  • Transportation of Waste
  • Radioactive Waste Storage and Disposal
  • Remediation and Stabilization of Contaminated Sites
  • Decontamination and Decommissioning
Grading Scheme:
  • Midterm Exam
  • Term Paper
  • Final Exam