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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.
T. Itoh, T. Hayashi, K. Isobe, K. Kobayashi, T. Yamanishi
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 52 | Number 3 | October 2007 | Pages 701-705
Technical Paper | The Technology of Fusion Energy - Tritium, Safety, and Environment | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1572
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In order to handle high-level tritiated water (HTO) safely, the self-decomposition behavior has been investigated as functions of tritium concentration (from 16 GBq/cm3 to 2 TBq/cm3) and storage temperature (269K ~ 303K). The representative decomposition products such as H2 in the gas phase and H2O2 in the liquid phase were measured periodically, storing HTO in a leak-tight vessel. The effective production rate of H2 increased with tritium concentration, however, the normalized production rate by tritium decay, like effective G-value, decreased with tritium concentration. The effective production rate of H2O2 also increased with tritium concentration and the normalized one also decreased under consideration of its natural decomposition rate, though it thought that the almost H2O2 calculated by the reported G-value decomposed by extra stimulus in tritiated water. The effective production rates of H2 and H2O2 increased with temperature.