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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. Murakami, H. Yamada, A. Wakasa, H. Inagaki, K. Tanaka, K. Narihara, S. Kubo, T. Shimozuma, H. Funaba, J. Miyazawa, S. Morita, K. Ida, S. Sakakibara, K. Y. Watanabe, M. Yokoyama, H. Maassberg, C. D. Beidler, LHD Experimental Group
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 51 | Number 1 | January 2007 | Pages 112-121
Technical Paper | Stellarators | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1292
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Electron heat transport in the low-collisonality electron cyclotron heating plasma is investigated to clarify the effect of neoclassical transport optimization on the thermal plasma transport in the Large Helical Device (LHD). Five configurations are realized by shifting the magnetic axis position in major radius: 3.45, 3.53, 3.6, 3.75, and 3.9 m. A clear effective helical ripple (which is a quantitative measure of the neoclassical transport optimization) dependency on the enhancement factor of the global energy confinement relative to ISS95 is observed. Local heat transport analyses show a higher electron temperature and a lower heat transport in the neoclassical transport optimized configuration at half the minor radius. The comparisons of the experimental total heat fluxes with that of the neoclassical transport by DCOM/NNW suggest that the neoclassical transport plays a significant role in the heat transport and that the neoclassical transport optimization is effective in improving the plasma confinement in the low-collisionality LHD plasma.