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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.
D. D. Ryutov, Y. C. F. Thio
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 49 | Number 1 | January 2006 | Pages 39-55
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST06-A1084
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
One of the challenging problems of magnetized target fusion (MTF) is developing ways to transport energy to the target situated at a distance far enough from the energy source so as to prevent damage to the permanent parts of the source. Several schemes were considered in the past, including the use of particle beams coupled with the inverse diode, mechanical projectiles in combination with magnetocompressional generators, and the plasma liner. In this paper, a possible modification of the original concept of the plasma liner (by Thio et al.) is described. The modification consists of creating a thin, higher-density shell made of a high-Z plasma and accelerating it onto an MTF target by the thermal pressure of hydrogen plasma with a temperature of ~10 eV. We discuss constraints on the parameters of this system and evaluate the convergence ratio that can be expected.