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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.
J. S. Hong et al.
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 47 | Number 1 | January 2005 | Pages 240-242
Technical Paper | Open Magnetic Systems for Plasma Confinement | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST05-A650
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Continuing the experiments reported previously, additional microwave power has been applied to the plug region of Hanbit in order to increase the stored energy and beta of the hot-electron plasma created there. Two new 1.5-kW VA-806 klystrons at 7.67 GHz and 7.87 GHz have been used in conjunction with the existing 2-kW CPI klystron at 14 GHz. The plasma is created in order to provide a high-beta ring to stabilize the Hanbit central cell plasma against ballooning instabilities. An array of Hall probes mounted on the outside of the Hanbit plug cavity was installed to measure the axial profile of the Bz fields. The total stored energy was measured by diamagnetic loops and the radial location of the plasma was determined by a Si-PIN diode detector measuring the energetic electron end loss. All three measurements were to be used to determine the radial and axial location of the plasma, the plasma volume, the stored energy, and hence the plasma beta. However, the Bz signal was too small to measure and the diamagnetic signal was smaller than previously found. The ring was found to be very wide and not adequate to stabilize the central cell plasma.