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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.
S. C. Laffite, D. C. Wilson
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 49 | Number 4 | May 2006 | Pages 558-564
Technical Paper | Target Fabrication | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST06-A1168
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Filling an ignition capsule through a drilled hole in the ablator is the current approach to fielding an ignition capsule. But it adds an initial defect to the capsule which might grow large enough to affect or even prevent ignition. We present here calculations of the effects of fill tubes and holes for the 1.4 MJ 300 eV BeCu NIF capsule. The code used is the 3D AMR code written by Los Alamos and SAIC, "RAGE". Several fill tube/hole sizes were tried. Most calculations were made in a planar 2D geometry, providing reliable information on the first part of the implosion before convergence effects become important. A 5 m diameter hole generates a 25 by 30 m jet when the main shock breaks out into the DT gas. The mass involved in the jet is insignificant, less than 1/1000 of the hot spot mass. There is no large difference between the jets formed by a plug and a fill tube, before they break out into DT gas. High resolution spherical calculations are still in progress to understand the end of the implosion. Experiments are planned as a support to this study.