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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.
Ron Petzoldt, Emanuil Valmianski, Lane Carlson, Phan Huynh
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 52 | Number 3 | October 2007 | Pages 459-463
Technical Paper | The Technology of Fusion Energy - Inertial Fusion Technology: Targets and Chambers | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1530
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To achieve high gain in an Inertial Fusion Energy (IFE) power plant, driver beams must hit direct drive targets with ±20 m accuracy. For driver beams to arrive at the target with sufficient simultaneity, the targets must be placed to ±5 mm from chamber center. Better placement accuracy simplifies driver beam steering by reducing the distance that steering mirrors must reposition the beam aim point in the last few ms. Current best target placement experimental accuracy is 0.22 mrad standard deviation which corresponds to 3 mm at 13 m. A factor of two improvement is required to achieve 3 accuracy in ±5 mm, and even greater accuracy is desired.General Atomics has recently embarked on a program to improve target placement accuracy through electrostatic steering. Preliminary experiments have improved accuracy of falling charged spheres. We optically track the motion, and feed back appropriate voltage to steering electrodes. A steering algorithm was prepared to steer targets with placement accuracy limited primarily by rate and accuracy of target tracking. Substantial accuracy improvement is expected with higher-frequency tracking and voltage amplification equipment. The results will be reported.