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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.
Matthew J. Bono, George Q. Langstaff, Octavio Cervantes, Craig M. Akaba, Steven R. Strodtbeck, Alex V. Hamza, Nick E. Teslich, Ronald J. Foreman, Johann P. Lotscher, Gregory W. Nyce, Ralph H. Page, Thomas R. Dittrich, Gail Glendinning
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 55 | Number 3 | April 2009 | Pages 318-324
Technical Paper | Eighteenth Target Fabrication Specialists' Meeting | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST08-3450
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Targets were fabricated at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and were shot on the Omega laser to study the equation of state of nanoporous copper. The targets had a planar configuration and consisted of a 25-m-thick beryllium ablator, a 70-m-thick brominated-polystyrene preheat shield, and a 38-m-thick aluminum baseplate. A quartz window and a 30-m-thick nanoporous copper sample were bonded to the baseplate. The interface between the nanoporous copper and the aluminum baseplate was required to be as thin as possible so that it would not disturb the shock as it passed through the target. A process for bonding the nanoporous copper was developed that did not compact it or otherwise degrade its structure. An acceptable bond was achieved by sputtering a layer of indium-based solder onto the surface of the nanoporous copper and on the aluminum baseplate. The components were assembled and heated to melt the solder. The resulting solder interface had a thickness of ~1.5 m. The targets performed as expected in the experiments, and the interface between the nanoporous copper and the baseplate did not appear to significantly affect the shock as it passed through the target.