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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. A. Henderson, R. Chavan, R. Bertizzolo, D. Campbell, J. Duron, F. Dolizy, R. Heidinger, J.-D. Landis, G. Saibene, F. Sanchez, A. Serikov, H. Shidara, P. Spaeh
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 53 | Number 1 | January 2008 | Pages 139-158
Technical Paper | Special Issue on Electron Cyclotron Wave Physics, Technology, and Applications - Part 2 | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST08-A1661
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
The front steering (FS) launcher is one of two concepts that have been considered for the ITER electron cyclotron heating upper launcher by the European Union. During the development of a detailed conceptual design, the team involved with the FS launcher project listed all of the critical issues associated with installing an FS launcher in the ITER upper port, and then work was concentrated on providing a solution to each of the critical design issues. A similar procedure was performed for the alternative launcher option (remote steering launcher). These actions helped the ITER International Team evaluate the two systems and then choose a final optimum launcher. This evaluation occurred at the end of 2005, with both systems having equivalent reliability, but the FS offered significant enhancement in the physics performance. These differences led ITER-IT to select the FS launcher as the reference design. The goal of this paper is to provide a generalized review of the critical design issues and their solutions as they pertain to the FS launcher. In addition, the overall design and performance of the FS launcher is given along with a brief description of an extended performance launcher design that relaxes the engineering constraints, while increasing the physics capabilities.