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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.
Yuki Edao, Satoshi Fukada, Hidetaka Noguchi, Akio Sagara
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 55 | Number 2 | February 2009 | Pages 140-151
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST09-A4067
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The rate of tritium released from temperature-controlled Flibe (a mixed molten salt of 2LiF + BeF2) after neutron irradiation was determined comparatively under two different conditions of Ar-H2 (10%) or Ar gas purge at a constant or linearly elevated temperature. Experimental rates of tritium release were analyzed based on its diffusion in Flibe and isotopic exchange between T atoms on surfaces and H atoms included in gaseous components. Gas released from Flibe had compositions of various ratios of HT to TF depending on the different conditions of Ar-H2 or Ar purge gas. The major molecular species of tritium released from Flibe after neutron irradiation was HT under the condition of the Ar-H2 purge and 300°C. The rate of tritium release under the Ar-H2 purge was simulated well by the present analytical model. Although its chemical form immediately after the release was TF under the condition of Ar purge, it was changed to HT partly by interaction with metallic surfaces.