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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.
L. Crosatti, D. L. Sadowski, J. B. Weathers, S. I. Abdel-Khalik, M. Yoda, ARIES Team
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 52 | Number 3 | October 2007 | Pages 531-538
Technical Paper | The Technology of Fusion Energy - High Heat Flux Components | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1543
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
As a part of the ARIES-CS compact stellarator power plant study, a modular, helium-cooled, T-tube divertor design that can accommodate a peak heat load of 10 MW/m2 has been proposed. Detailed analyses have been performed using the FLUENT[registered] CFD software package to evaluate the thermal performance at the nominal design and operating conditions. Extremely high heat transfer coefficients (>40 kW/(m2-K)) have been predicted. An experimental investigation has been undertaken to validate the results of the numerical simulations. A test module which closely simulates the geometry of the proposed He-cooled T-tube divertor has been tested using air as the coolant while maintaining the same non-dimensional parameter ranges as the He-cooled T-tube divertor design. Axial and azimuthal variations of the local heat transfer coefficient have been measured over a wide range of operating conditions. The experimental data closely match the model predictions. The results of this investigation show that the model can be used with confidence in future design analyses of the T-tube divertor, as well as similar types of gas-cooled high heat flux components.