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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.
Y. Yoshimura, T. Akiyama, M. Isobe, A. Shimizu, C. Suzuki, C. Takahashi, K. Nagaoka, S. Nishimura, T. Minami, K. Matsuoka, S. Okamura, CHS Group, S. Kubo, T. Shimozuma, H. Igami, T. Notake, T. Mutoh
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 53 | Number 1 | January 2008 | Pages 54-61
Technical Paper | Special Issue on Electron Cyclotron Wave Physics, Technology, and Applications - Part 2 | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST08-A1652
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
Second-harmonic electron cyclotron (EC) current drive experiments have been performed in the Compact Helical System (CHS). The driven current changes its direction according to the change of the EC-wave beam direction in agreement with an expectation from the Fisch and Boozer theory in the case of low-field-side injection of EC waves. The EC-driven current varies as a function of the magnetic axis position of CHS plasmas. The cause of the variation was experimentally investigated by a magnetic field scan. Setting the second-harmonic resonance layer near the magnetic axis was favorable to maximize the total EC-driven current. The main cause of the dependence of the driven current on the magnetic axis position is attributed to the change of distribution of the magnetic field along the beam path due to the change of the beam direction to aim at the magnetic axis in the three-dimensional helical magnetic field of the CHS.