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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.
A. C. England, D. K. Lee, S. G. Lee, M. Kwon, S. W. Yoon, Hanbit Team (19R03)
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 51 | Number 2 | February 2007 | Pages 118-121
Technical Paper | Open Magnetic Systems for Plasma Confinement | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1329
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The Hanbit magnetic mirror has a central cell, one anchor cell and one plug cell plus associated vacuum chambers. The Hanbit device has been involved in a series of experiments on stabilization of the MHD flute type mode. Earlier work showed that it was possible to stabilize the m = -1 flute type MHD instability with RF power near the cyclotron resonance by the sideband coupling process. Divertors were used previously in experiments on the TARA mirror device and the HIEI mirror device. According to Pastukhov the main stabilizing effect is compressibility. The present configuration uses just one divertor coil in one end of Hanbit and produces a left-right asymmetry in the magnetic field. One of the central cell coils with reversed current is used as the divertor coil and two adjacent coils with increased current are used to compensate for the field droop and to prevent the field lines from intercepting the bare ion cyclotron resonant heating (ICRH) antenna. The divertor strongly reduces the m=-1 instability when the null point (x-point) is sufficiently inside the vacuum tank. However, the diverted plasma is directed into a wall and the divertor cannot be used to eliminate impurities.