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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.
E. L. Alfonso, J. W. Crippen, A. Q. L. Nguyen
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 51 | Number 4 | May 2007 | Pages 651-654
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1459
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Fielding a cryogenic ICF capsule for near-term ignition shots requires a fill-tube to deliver fuel to the capsule. Polymer capsules (0.9 and 3.1 mm o.d.) with a monolithic fill-tube have been produced. The fill tube is formed on the capsule by plasma polymer coating on a mandrel with a depolymerizable stalk. We report recent advances achieved in monolithic fill-tube capsule production. The micro-assembly station for attaching PAMS stalk to the mandrels was improved to reduce fillet and fill tube diameters and increase throughput. Excimer laser etching is used to micro-machine fill-tube capsules and target components to allow proper mating for assembly. The fill-tube target is attached to the gas source by a flexible polymer fill line and was tested to confirm gas flow and retention. The effect of the mandrel stalk on the uniformity of GDP coating is investigated.