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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. G. Czechowicz, J. A. Dorman, J. C. Geronimo, C. J. Chen
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 51 | Number 4 | May 2007 | Pages 631-637
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST51-631
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We developed a production tungsten sputter coating process to uniformly deposit tungsten on 840 m outer diameter GDP shells using a bounce coating technique. We were able to control the tungsten-coating rate and therefore coating thickness based on gravimetric analysis. At the end of our work we could routinely produce uniform 0.5 m tungsten coatings on GDP shells with a Δ wall 0.04 m. Techniques were developed and applied to measure coating uniformity based on x-radiography and x-ray fluorescence data. Typical surface roughness values for bounce coated shells having a 0.5 m tungsten coating were 40 to 50 nm RMS. Stationary GDP shells were coated with 0.5 m tungsten and found to have surface roughness approaching 10 nm RMS, which was similar to the roughness of the underlying GDP mandrel surface. This result indicates that coating processes with less agitation such as tap or roll coating may produce much smoother tungsten coatings