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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.
F. Najmabadi, A. R. Raffray, ARIES-CS Team: S. I. Abdel-Khalik, L. Bromberg, L. Crosatti, L. El-Guebaly, P. R. Garabedian, A. A. Grossman, D. Henderson, A. Ibrahim, T. Ihli, T. B. Kaiser, B. Kiedrowski, L. P. Ku, J. F. Lyon, R. Maingi, S. Malang, C. Martin, T. K. Mau, B. Merrill, R. L. Moore, R. J. Peipert, Jr., D. A. Petti, D. L. Sadowski, M. Sawan, J. H. Schultz, R. Slaybaugh, K. T. Slattery, G. Sviatoslavsky, A. Turnbull, L. M. Waganer, X. R. Wang, J. B. Weathers, P. Wilson, J. C. Waldrop III, M. Yoda, M. Zarnstorff
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 54 | Number 3 | October 2008 | Pages 655-672
Technical Paper | Aries-Cs Special Issue | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST54-655
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
An integrated study of compact stellarator power plants, ARIES-CS, has been conducted to explore attractive compact stellarator configurations and to define key research and development (R&D) areas. The large size and mass predicted by earlier stellarator power plant studies had led to cost projections much higher than those of the advanced tokamak power plant. As such, the first major goal of the ARIES-CS research was to investigate if stellarator power plants can be made to be comparable in size to advanced tokamak variants while maintaining desirable stellarator properties. As stellarator fusion core components would have complex shapes and geometry, the second major goal of the ARIES-CS study was to understand and quantify, as much as possible, the impact of the complex shape and geometry of fusion core components. This paper focuses on the directions we pursued to optimize the compact stellarator as a fusion power plant, summarizes the major findings from the study, highlights the key design aspects and constraints associated with a compact stellarator, and identifies the major issues to help guide future R&D.