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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.
A. N. Perevezentsev, A. C. Bell
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 53 | Number 3 | April 2008 | Pages 816-829
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST08-A1737
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This paper presents results from the concept evaluation, experimental trials, and design of a water detritiation facility (WDF) for the JET fusion machine. The design is based on the combined electrolysis and catalytic exchange process and will allow construction of the plant and for its integration into the JET tritium plant in three stages.The first stage includes a liquid phase catalytic exchange column and electrolyzer to concentrate the water into a smaller amount of tritium-enriched water. There would then be three options for dealing with this water: processing off-site, conversion to solid intermediate-level waste for disposal, and further processing on-site for complete tritium recovery. The latter option will require the second stage of implementation to integrate the WDF with the isotope separation system of the tritium plant. The third stage might be desirable to reduce the amount of time that the existing isotope separation system would need to be involved in the recovery of tritium from the WDF.