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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. E. Sawan, M. W. McGeoch, A. Ibrahim, P. Wilson
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 52 | Number 4 | November 2007 | Pages 938-942
Technical Paper | Inertial Fusion Technology: Drivers and Advanced Designs | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1614
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In the HAPL program,power plant designs are assessed with targets driven by 40 KrF laser beams. The final optics system that focuses the laser onto the target may include a grazing incidence metallic mirror (GIMM) located at 24 m from the target with 85 ° angle of incidence. The GIMM is in direct line of sight of the target and has a 50 micron thick aluminum coating. Two options were considered for the substrate material; SiC and AlBeMet. The impact of the GIMM design options on the nuclear environment at the dielectric focusing and turning mirrors was assessed. Using AlBeMet results in about a factor of two higher neutron flux. We considered beam duct configuration modifications such as utilizing neutron traps to reduce radiation streaming. In addition, we investigated the impact of lining the beam ducts and neutron traps with different materials that help slowing down and absorbing neutrons.