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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.
I. Kotelnikov, M. Romé
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 55 | Number 2 | February 2009 | Pages 140-143
Technical Paper | Seventh International Conference on Open Magnetic Systems for Plasma Confinement | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST09-A7000
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Relativistic effects on the radial equilibrium of non-neutral plasmas confined in cylindrical traps are analyzed for rigid and sheared modes of plasma rotation, both with and without the presence of a coaxial inner charged conductor. The changes with respect to the non-relativistic results are especially pronounced for the fast rotational equilibrium solutions. In particular, relativistic effects can limit the plasma outer radius. Analytical estimates of this maximum radius are found both for a rigid plasma rotation and for the case of a uniform plasma density. It is also observed that the Brillouin density limit is modified when the shielding of the external magnetic field by the current associated with the plasma rotation becomes significant.