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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.
Haibo Liu, Kaiming Feng
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 54 | Number 4 | November 2008 | Pages 970-977
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST08-A1912
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The Chinese helium-cooled solid breeder (CH-HCSB) test blanket module (TBM) is designed to be tested in ITER, and its aim is to validate the feasibility of a DEMO fusion reactor. The thermal-hydraulic transient analysis has to testify that the TBM and its helium cooling system (HCS) will not impact the safe operation of ITER under both normal and accidental conditions. In order to simulate the transient accidents, the TBM and HCS are modeled using the RELAP5/MOD3 system code. The steady-state results indicate that the designed TBM inlet/outlet temperatures are obtained and the temperature of first-wall (FW) structural material is below the limit. An ex-vessel loss-of-coolant accident (LOCA) will induce the melting of FW beryllium armor after ~80 s of LOCA initiation, and some controlling measures have to be taken before melting. The pressurization of the vacuum vessel induced by an in-vessel LOCA is within the allowable value of the ITER design. Because of pressurization of the purge gas system, the tritium extraction system has to be isolated from the TBM quickly when an in-box LOCA happens. Based on the results, the design of the CH-HCSB TBM could be further modified in order to assure the safety of the TBM and ITER, from an engineering point of view.