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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.
B. J. Kern, D. L. Sadowski, S. M. Ghiaasiaan, S. I. Abdel-Khalik
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 52 | Number 4 | November 2007 | Pages 958-962
Technical Paper | Inertial Fusion Technology: Drivers and Advanced Designs | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1618
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Compressible two-phase (liquid/gas) jets have been proposed as a means of protecting the chamber walls in high-yield, low repetition rate, Z-Pinch IFE reactor systems. The aspect ratio (height-to-thickness/diameter ratio) of such jets is expected to be large, so that the void fraction may vary significantly along the flow direction. An experimental investigation was conducted to determine the effect of various design and operational parameters on the void fraction distribution within a planar, downward-flowing, two-phase (liquid/gas) free jet. An air/water jet with an initial cross section of 1.0 cm × 10.0 cm was used, and different liquid inlet velocities and gas-to-liquid volumetric flow rate ratios were tested. Local void fractions at different locations along the width and length of the jets were measured by gamma-ray densitometry. The results indicated that buoyancy caused significant slip between the two phases, leading to the conclusion that homogeneous two-phase flow models cannot accurately model the behavior of such jets. The data obtained in this investigation can be used to validate predictions of mechanistic models for jet dynamics and shock attenuation.