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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.
M. Z. Youssef, P. Batistoni, L. Patrizzi, T. Wareing, I. M. Davis
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 52 | Number 4 | November 2007 | Pages 801-806
Technical Paper | Nuclear Analysis and Experiments | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1589
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The calculation accuracy of the newly developed 3D discrete ordinates code, Attila, is benchmarked by comparing its prediction to the measured data in two mockups bombarded by 14 MeV neutron source of the FNG facility located at Frascati, Italy. The results are also compared to those based on MCNP Monte Carlo code for the same measured reactions. The experimental mock-ups simulate parts of ITER in-vessel components, namely, the tungsten (W) mockup and the ITER shielding blanket. The first mockup was used to validate W data as a material for plasma facing component. A streaming path was introduced in the second configuration. The objective of this paper is to benchmark Attila code to determine its adequacy for fusion application. Another objective is to compare results based on two distinctive 3D calculation tools using the same nuclear data, FENDL2.1, and the same response function (IRDF-90) for measured data. The results of these comparisons are reported in this paper.