ANS is committed to advancing, fostering, and promoting the development and application of nuclear sciences and technologies to benefit society.
Explore the many uses for nuclear science and its impact on energy, the environment, healthcare, food, and more.
Aerospace Nuclear Science & Technology
Organized to promote the advancement of knowledge in the use of nuclear science and technologies in the aerospace application. Specialized nuclear-based technologies and applications are needed to advance the state-of-the-art in aerospace design, engineering and operations to explore planetary bodies in our solar system and beyond, plus enhance the safety of air travel, especially high speed air travel. Areas of interest will include but are not limited to the creation of nuclear-based power and propulsion systems, multifunctional materials to protect humans and electronic components from atmospheric, space, and nuclear power system radiation, human factor strategies for the safety and reliable operation of nuclear power and propulsion plants by non-specialized personnel and more.
2021 Student Conference
April 8–10, 2021
The Standards Committee is responsible for the development and maintenance of voluntary consensus standards that address the design, analysis, and operation of components, systems, and facilities related to the application of nuclear science and technology. Find out What’s New, check out the Standards Store, or Get Involved today!
Latest Magazine Issues
Latest Journal Issues
Nuclear Science and Engineering
Fusion Science and Technology
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.
D. Fasel, T. Bonicelli, M. A. Henderson, M. Q. Tran
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 53 | Number 1 | January 2008 | Pages 246-253
Technical Paper | Special Issue on Electron Cyclotron Wave Physics, Technology, and Applications - Part 2 | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST08-A1669
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
The ITER electron cyclotron heating (ECH) baseline scheme (2001) is composed of 24 gyrotrons, each generating 1 MW of radio-frequency power at 170 GHz in addition to 3 gyrotrons (1 MW) at 120 GHz for breakdown assist. Considering an efficiency of 45%, which can be achieved with the depressed-collector-type gyrotron (CPD), the amount of electrical power would be in the range of 55 MW. This paper has two purposes. First, it presents requirements that will be imposed on the electrical power supplies with regard to the updated physics needs for ITER presently being discussed. Demanding parameters (like modulation capability, transient margin, and fault clearing) will be described. In this context, the consequences of those new requirements on the technical choices and the impact on the complexity of the power supplies will be discussed. Second, two possible schemes for the ITER reference power supply design for the ECH system will be compared. The advantages (and respective disadvantages) of each solution will be highlighted taking care of the requirements previously presented. In conclusion, a proposal is presented for a revised ECH power supply structure.