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Computational Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Science Using Python - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128122532, 9780128123713

Computational Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Science Using Python

1st Edition

Author: Ryan McClarren
Paperback ISBN: 9780128122532
eBook ISBN: 9780128123713
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 19th October 2017
Page Count: 460
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Computational Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Science Using Python provides the necessary knowledge users need to embed more modern computing techniques into current practices, while also helping practitioners replace Fortran-based implementations with higher level languages. The book is especially unique in the market with its implementation of Python into nuclear engineering methods, seeking to do so by first teaching the basics of Python, then going through different techniques to solve systems of equations, and finally applying that knowledge to solve problems specific to nuclear engineering.

Along with examples of code and end-of-chapter problems, the book is an asset to novice programmers in nuclear engineering and radiological sciences, teaching them how to analyze complex systems using modern computational techniques.

For decades, the paradigm in engineering education, in particular, nuclear engineering, has been to teach Fortran along with numerical methods for solving engineering problems. This has been slowly changing as new codes have been written utilizing modern languages, such as Python, thus resulting in a greater need for the development of more modern computational skills and techniques in nuclear engineering.

Key Features

  • Offers numerical methods as a tool to solve specific problems in nuclear engineering
  • Provides examples on how to simulate different problems and produce graphs using Python
  • Supplies accompanying codes and data on a companion website, along with solutions to end-of-chapter problems


Nuclear engineers, scientists and engineers working in radiological sciences, graduate students in nuclear sciences

Table of Contents

Part I Introduction to Python
1. Getting Started in Python
2. Digging Deeper into Python
3. Functions, Scoping, and Other Fun Stuff
4. NumPy and Matplotlib
5. Dictionaries and Functions as Arguments
6. Testing and Debugging

Part II Numerical Methods
7. Gaussian Elimination
8. LU Factorization and Banded Matrices
9. Iterative Methods for Linear Systems
10. Interpolation
11. Curve Fitting
12. Closed Root Finding Methods
13. Newton’s Methods and Related Root-Finding Techniques
14. Finite Difference Derivative Approximations
15. Numerical Integration with Newton-Cotes Formulas
16. Gauss Quadrature and Multi-dimensional Integrals
17. Initial Value Problems
18. One-Group Diffusion Equation
19. One-Group k-Eigenvalue Problems
20. Two-Group k-Eigenvalue Problems

Part III Monte Carlo Methods
21. Introduction to Monte Carlo Methods
22. Non-analog and Other Monte Carlo Variance Reduction Techniques
23. Monte Carlo Eigenvalue Calculations

Part IV Appendices
Appendix A. Installing and Running Python
Appendix B. Jupyter Notebooks


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About the Author

Ryan McClarren

Ryan McClarren is Associate Professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. He has spent his professional career educating students in the mathematics and computation required for modern engineering. His research centers around the study of uncertainties in large-scale simulation, and numerical methods for radiation transport problems. Additionally, he is the author of 44 publications in refereed journals and has been the editor of a special issue of the journal Transport Theory and Statistical Physics. He is well known in the computational nuclear engineering community and has research awards and grants from the NSF, DOE, and three national labs.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, USA

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