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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.
Yuji Hatano, Andrei Busnyuk, Alexander Livshits, Yukio Nakamura, Masao Matsuyama
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 52 | Number 3 | October 2007 | Pages 613-617
Technical Paper | First Wall, Blanket, and Shield | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1556
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In order to understand the capability of vanadium panels and membranes for fuel particle pumping at relatively low temperatures, absorption of neutral hydrogen atoms by vanadium sheet was examined at/below 350 °C under wide variety of experimental conditions. A niobium sheet kept at high temperature (420 °C) was used as a reference specimen. Sufficiently high absorption rates were obtained even at around room temperature in the range of incident fluxes from 1017 to 1021 m-2s-1. No noticeable reduction in absorption rates was observed up to the H retention level of 0.1 at%. The influence of CO and water vapor was negligibly small up to an exposure of 1023 m-2. Significant reduction in the absorption rate was observed only when an oxide film was formed on the surface by exposure to O2 to 1020 m-2 and to H2O over 1023 m-2 at room temperature.