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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.
Yoshitaka Yoneda et al.
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 55 | Number 2 | February 2009 | Pages 122-126
Technical Paper | Seventh International Conference on Open Magnetic Systems for Plasma Confinement | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST09-A6996
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Refueling by hydrogen ice pellet injection has been studied in various plasmas. The research of pellet ablation related to refueling is very important object. In the central-cell plasma of tandem mirror GAMMA 10, we measured the position of pellet ablation by vertical and horizontal arrays of H detectors and a high-speed CMOS camera. We found that the penetration depths with applying electron cyclotron heating (ECH) is shorter than that without ECH. It suggests that the pellet ablation is strongly affected by warm electrons produced with ECH. Moreover, we investigated the effects of neutral beam injection (NBI) to the pellet ablation, which showed the pellet ablation in the situation of higher density plasma. The pellets penetrate through the plasma without applying ECH or NBI. We observed the pellet ablation at each position by using vertical and horizontal arrays of H detectors and a high-speed CMOS camera with the interference filter.