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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.
D. Omoya, L. C. Bai, H. Takeno, Y. Yasaka, Y. Nakashima
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 55 | Number 2 | February 2009 | Pages 114-117
Technical Paper | Seventh International Conference on Open Magnetic Systems for Plasma Confinement | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST09-A6994
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In D-3He fusion, most of fusion energy is carried by kinetic energy of created protons of 14.7 MeV. Concept of traveling wave direct energy converter (TWDEC) was proposed as an effective energy converter with less handling voltage. Although fundamental researches on TWDEC have been reported, the dependence on energy spread of flowing ions has not been investigated in spite of its significant effects against conversion efficiency. The paper treats this subject by an application of TWDEC simulator to GAMMA 10 tandem mirror whose end-loss flux has relatively wide energy spread. The energy distribution of the end-loss flux was measured, and a new structure of TWDEC simulator was designed according to the measured result. The conversion efficiency was estimated by one-dimensional numerical orbit calculations showing the designed structure had enough performance as TWDEC.