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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. Brisset, V. Lamaison, G. Paquignon, J. P. Périn, E. Bouleau, D. Chatain, J. Manzagol
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 52 | Number 3 | October 2007 | Pages 473-477
Technical Paper | The Technology of Fusion Energy - Inertial Fusion Technology: Targets and Chambers | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1533
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The Laser MegaJoule (LMJ) program plans to obtain Deuterium-Tritium (DT) mixture ignition leading to a fusion gain of ten. Cryogenic targets are hollow spheres whose interior is covered with a solid cryogenic fuel layer. The success of DT ignition depends on quality of the fuel layer uniformity. These targets must be cooled and kept at temperatures near the triple point (19.8 K) with a very good stability (+/-1 mK) for many hours, in the center of the 5 m radius experimental vacuum chamber with a position accuracy of a few microns. In order to validate our current device concepts, we have manufactured scale one prototypes to confirm all thermal and mechanical challenges, such as sharp thermal regulation, cooling autonomy and cryogenic target transfer.