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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.
Felicia Vasut, Adelina Preda, Marius Zamfirache, Anisia Mihaela Bornea, Ioan Stefanescu, Claudia Pearsica
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 54 | Number 2 | August 2008 | Pages 437-439
Technical Paper | Water Processing | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST08-A1848
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The CANDU reactor from the Nuclear Power plant Cernavoda, Romania is the most powerful tritium source from Europe. This reactor is moderated and cooled by heavy water that becomes continuously contaminated with tritium. Because of this reason, the National R&D Institute for Cryogenic and Isotopic Technologies developed a detritiation technology based on catalytic isotopic exchange and cryogenic distillation.The main effort of our Institute was focused on finding more efficient catalysts with a longer operational life. Some of the tritium removal processes involved in Fusion Science & Technology use this type of catalyst. Several Pt/C/PTFE hydrophobic catalysts that could be used in isotopic exchange process were produced. The present paper presents a comparative study between the physical and morphological properties of different catalysts manufactured by impregnation at our institute. The comparison consists of a survey of specific surface, pores volume and pores distribution.