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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.
S. Golubev et al.
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 47 | Number 1 | January 2005 | Pages 345-347
Technical Paper | Open Magnetic Systems for Plasma Confinement | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST05-A685
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Modern way of ECR multicharged ion sources development is connected with increasing of microwave frequency up to tens of GHz. Millimeter wave gyrotrons are used now at a few laboratories. Traditional mirror magnetic traps with min B configuration for suppressing of MHD instabilities became too expensive because very strong magnetic field is needed. So prospection of axisymmetric plasma trap with MHD stabilization is a quite relevant subject of modern plasma physics. The simplest trap of such kind is CUSP one. The zero level of magnetic field in the center of the trap doesn't allow to achieve a good confinement in classical regime. In a gasdynamic regime of plasma confinement was studied. The same regime may be realized in the CUSP geometry trap if plasma density is high enough. A small CUSP trap was designed for plasma creation by 37,5 GHz gyrotron radiation under ECR conditions. Temporal evolutions of plasma parameter in experiments were quite smooth and stable. Experimental ion charge state distribution corresponds with calculated one for optimal plasma conditions.