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    Engineering Transition to Different Engineering Discipline?

    Yeah. It was extremely interesting to learn and overall nuclear science is pretty great. For me the problem is where the jobs seem to be located along with the actual work itself. For example a civil or mechanical engineer can go see in person the fruits of their labor. For me, I see computer...
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    Engineering Transition to Different Engineering Discipline?

    Does anyone have any advice on transferring to a different engineering discipline? I currently have a BS/MS in nuclear engineering and I'm really growing to dislike it after a little more than 2 years in the workforce. How feasible is it to transition into another field such as electrical or...
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    Nuclear Engineering Radiation Risks?

    I do criticality safety analysis, look at fuel pellet and absorber performance, and support some detector systems. I ended up at at a national lab with a BS/MS in nuclear engineering. They give me mid 70's but also DOE froze salaries for 2 years. Its a good gig but Im pretty unhappy with it...
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    Nuclear Engineering Radiation Risks?

    No more than natural background for this nuclear engineer. All I do is sit in front of a computer all day, I don't get near anything radioactive (or see anything interesting)
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    Contemporary issues in crit safety?

    After a brief venture over into the medical/RHP side of things, I find myself drawn back into nuclear engineering. Glad it happened before I got too deep into something else! Ive just started working on my MS, and Im trying to find some sort of direction for myself. Anyways, one subset of...
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    Courses 3rd Year Engineering Courses

    Agreed! For me my junior year presented the biggest challenge.
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    Courses 3rd Year Engineering Courses

    For me it was much harder. No reason you cant do well though if you have a good understanding of the fundamentals. It seemed like the took specific topics you went over in your year-long calculus based physics class, and made an entire term out of it, covering it in depth.
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    MCNP Phantom Templates?

    I have some MCNP experience, mostly criticality/Keff calculations with lattices of boxes and cylinders. Reactor fuel assemblies, fuel storage vaults, etc. This is all my class at the uni plus a MCNP class by Forrest Brown at a national lab really taught us. The health/medical physics photon...
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    MCNP Phantom Templates?

    Does anyone know if there are templates for things such as the ICRP 23 reference man (70kg)? Im trying to create one for a little side project Im doing (calculating the photon dose my friend gets from sleeping next to his cat that has been treated with I-131). Im trying to create the phantom...
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    Engineering is not what you (they) thought

    Im about to graduate in 2 weeks and I feel a little disappointed. I did good in my classes (cum laude) and understand most of the material pretty well. I even enjoyed learning the majority of it, nuclear physics is some pretty exciting stuff, and Im very glad I worked hard to learn it. My...
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    Must haves classic textbooks?

    Heres a few for anyone interested in nuclear engineering/physics. They are geared towards engineering however they would be useful to a physicist as well Id imagine. From just about everyone I have talked to, the following two books are considered "The Bible" for their topic...
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    1000 years to improve on gunpowder

    I heard of these electric guns. If they had them in rifles and hanguns perhaps Id use one for range fun but I would never trust my life to it. I would imagine they keep the same mechanism due to the fact that it works really well and what is at stake if they screw up. I spoke with some...
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    Engineering and hands on work? (nuclear)

    Im a little over a month away from my BS in nuclear engineering and have been accepted into grad school. Im not sure Im all that thrilled with it right now though. When I started studying NE, I pictured myself working in a big nuclear facility, being amongst the equipment, working in hotcells...
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    First students through a new program?

    Our university is in the process of creating a new graduate program (MS/PhD), and it is in the final stages of approval. They expect everything to be finalized in the next couple of months, and will begin accepting students in July for fall 2007. For the first few years class size will be capped...
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    Kilograms and Slugs

    got it. seems like it's just a common language vs. scientifically correct terms issue then.
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    Kilograms and Slugs

    well if a pound=slug*gravity then why do Euorpeans ignore gravity, and even offer such conversions such as 1 kilogram = 2.2046 pounds, they are different things being measured, weight vs mass
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    Kilograms and Slugs

    Ok heres an easy one for you. we start with F=ma SI --> newtons=kilograms*gravity English --> pounds=slugs*gravity So now why if you weigh yourself on an english scale it is in pounds, but if you stand on a metric scale it is in kilograms? Ive solved plenty of F=ma problems...
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    NE Grad Studies Opinion

    Thanks for the reply. I was expecting that crit saftey would take me somewhere like ORNL/Y-12, LANL, LLNL etc. The power plants and fuel vendors seem OK I guess, the large scale of everything is interesting. I like the whole hands on aspect of things though so I always figured the National Labs...
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    Which calculator is your favourite and why?

    I use the TI Voyage 200. Its my favorite because its the one I know how to use the best. The alphanumeric keypad is nice for entering variables. Big screen dosent hurt either
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    NE Grad Studies Opinion

    I would like some opinions/advice regarding grad school. I have just been accepted into the grad program, and Im trying to figure out what would be a useful directon to take my studies. Since Id be doing my MS at the same school I earned my BS, I will not have to repeat all those 400/500 split...
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    Which engineering field makes the most money?

    petroleum and nuclear always seem to be at the top of any lists I see; however, they seem to be more niche fields with more limited places you can work so it would help to have a legitimate interest in the subject.
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    News 2nd Amendment Upheld

    victory in DC! In the US, cops are not required to protect us. http://www.allsafedefense.com/news/CopsDontProtect.htm [Broken]
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    Nuclear Engineering - International Students

    The univeristy Im at will gladly accept international students. We have a guy from Russia and a couple folks from China right now. We had a guy who was a citizen of Peru last year. Im good friends with the guy from Peru, and I talk to the girl from China a lot as well as the Russian guy - it...
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    How does one acquire isotopically pure elements?

    Yeah, what Morbius said. I was looking at Lu-177. If you use natural Lu, you get unwanted isotopes. If you use enriched Lu-176, you still get a contaminant, the Lu-177m. If you get close to pure Yb-176, you can irradiate, wait for the Yb-177 to beta decay to Lu-177, and then seperate the Lu from...
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    How does one acquire isotopically pure elements?

    Hrm, thanks. I guess I should be more clear, I suppose enriched (>95%) would be a much better way to put it. The reason Im asking is because I have been reading about medical isotope production. Some of the precursor elements have multiple isotopes, and literature indicates that a highly...
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    How does one acquire isotopically pure elements?

    How would one acquire an isotopically pure sample of an element? Are some available for direct purchase, or would it have to be done in-house with some sort of large centrifuge apparatus? (Im thinking about transition metals, not actinides)
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    Medical Physics Programs

    Hrm, my school is in the process of establishing a medical physics program. I have seen the curriculum too; no E&M courses, heavy on the nuclear physics. Im thinking about applying. I love nuclear engineering and all but the thought of working/living in the middle of nowhere is kind of...
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    Specific Activity

    According to the software Im using it would take 2.97E+6 grams of U-238. When I go home Ill try it by hand using Morbius' method and see if I come up with the same number. (software gives SA Ra-226 0.99885 [Ci/g] and SA U-238 3.361E-7 [Ci/g]), divided Ra/U for grams U assuming 1g Ra
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    Nuclear weapons and Uranium

    Pu-239 also gives you a smaller critical mass due to more neutrons/fission (Nu) and a larger neutron capture cross section
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    Specific Activity

    That should work since I have the mass. Thank you.
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