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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.
H. W. Xu, C. S. Alford, J. C. Cooley, L. A. Dixon, R. E. Hackenberg, S. A. Letts, K. A. Moreno, A. Nikroo, J. R. Wall, K. P. Youngblood
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 51 | Number 4 | May 2007 | Pages 547-552
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST51-547
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Various morphologies have been observed in sputter-deposited Be ablator capsules, including nodular growth, cone growth and twisted grain growth. By devising an agitation method that includes both bouncing and rolling the spherical mandrels during deposition, and by reducing the coating rate, consistent columnar grain structure has now been obtained up to 170 mm. Low mode deformation of the shells is observed on thin CH mandrels, but is suppressed if stiffer mandrels are used. Ablator density measured by weighing and x-ray radiography is 93%.95% of bulk density of Be. Transmission electron microscopy shows 100.200 nm size voids in the film and striations inside the grains. Be shells produced with rolling agitation have met most of the NIF specifications. Some of the few remaining issues will be discussed.