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NC State celebrates 70 years of nuclear engineering education
An early picture of the research reactor building on the North Carolina State University campus. The Department of Nuclear Engineering is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its nuclear engineering curriculum in 2020–2021. Photo: North Carolina State University
The Department of Nuclear Engineering at North Carolina State University has spent the 2020–2021 academic year celebrating the 70th anniversary of its becoming the first U.S. university to establish a nuclear engineering curriculum. It started in 1950, when Clifford Beck, then of Oak Ridge, Tenn., obtained support from NC State’s dean of engineering, Harold Lampe, to build the nation’s first university nuclear reactor and, in conjunction, establish an educational curriculum dedicated to nuclear engineering.
The department, host to the 2021 ANS Virtual Student Conference, scheduled for April 8–10, now features 23 tenure/tenure-track faculty and three research faculty members. “What a journey for the first nuclear engineering curriculum in the nation,” said Kostadin Ivanov, professor and department head.
J. C. DeBoo, D. R. Baker, M. R. Wade
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 48 | Number 2 | October 2005 | Pages 988-996
Technical Paper | DIII-D Tokamak - Achieving Reactor Quality Plasma Confinement | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST05-A1054
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DIII-D has studied thermal and particle transport in International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER)-relevant regimes. In order to better distinguish between thermal transport models, it is important to test both the steady-state and time-dependent predictions of models against experimental results. Based on experiments in DIII-D, models containing the full spectral range of drift wave physics from ion temperature gradient to electron temperature gradient modes were in closest agreement with experimental observations. Inclusion of E × B flow shear stabilization effects was found to be important. Although some aspects of the experimental observations were well matched by various models, no individual model did well matching both the equilibrium and time-dependent electron and ion behavior, which clearly indicates that further improvement in transport models is required. Helium transport studies in DIII-D are encouraging for ITER in that they indicate that the measured particle diffusivity is sufficient to remove helium ash fast enough to avoid deleterious fuel dilution, but other factors for ITER such as divertor geometry and pumping speed must also be assessed.