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NucE 502 Advanced Thermal Hydraulic Analysis

Course Description

Course Description: This course acquaints students with knowledge on advanced two-phase flow models and two-phase flow phenomena pertinent to many engineering applications including nuclear reactors. Some of the major topics include; two-fluid model, steady-state and transient thermal analysis of fuel pin; two-phase flow instability; two-phase flow regimes and regime transition criteria; flooding and entrainment phenomena; and interfacial area transport equation.

Course Instructor:

Dr. Seungjin Kim

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

The Pennsylvania State University
230 Reber Building University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-867-1783
Fax: 814-865-8499


PSU Course Catalog Description


502 ADVANCED THERMAL HYDRAULIC ANALYSIS OF LWRs (3) In-depth analysis of the thermal hydraulic design in LWRs. Topics include: LWR design criteria, fuel rod design, subchannel analysis, uncertainties analysis, and system design.


Required Course Textbooks (None - see syllabus)

Class Notes and Handouts will be posted in ANGEL


The enrollment process is:

  1. Contact the the Office of Continuing and Distance Education for admission into the course at 814-865-7643.

  2. Complete and submit the Registration Form via mail, fax, or in person. See the Registration Page.


Office for Disability Services
Penn State welcomes students with disabilities into the University’s educational programs. If you have a disability‐related need for reasonable academic adjustments in this course, contact the Office for Disability Services (ODS) at 814‐863‐1807 (V/TTY). For further information regarding ODS, please visit the Office of Disability Services website at

In order to receive consideration for course accommodations, you must contact ODS and provide documentation (see the documentation guidelines at If the documentation supports the need for academics adjustments, ODS will provide a letter identifying appropriate academics adjustments. Please share this letter and discuss the adjustments with your instructor as early in the course as possible. You must contact ODS and request academic adjustment letters at the beginning of each semester.

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