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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.
Y. Higashizono et al.
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 55 | Number 2 | February 2009 | Pages 185-190
Technical Paper | Seventh International Conference on Open Magnetic Systems for Plasma Confinement | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST09-A7010
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Based on the results of neutral transport simulation using cylindrical mesh-model, the effect of the plasma edge region was investigated in the GAMMA 10 central-cell. 3-dimensional geometry and neutral sources such as gas puffers, limiters, and neutral beam injection are precisely constructed in the mesh-model of the GAMMA 10 central-cell. From the neutral transport simulation in the case of each neutral source, 1/e decay lengths of H-line intensity (H decay length) along with z-axis were evaluated. It was found that H-line intensity calculated by the simulation of the gas puffer #3(GP#3) in mirror-throat region takes a broader profile than that of central-limiter and gas puffer #7(GP#7) around the central mid-plane region because the plasma density is low in mirror-throat and the neutral particles are given near the vacuum vessel, while the neutral particles in the central-limiter are given near the plasma core. The simulation results also revealed that the H-line intensity drastically decrease in the range with interior components. On the other hand, it was clarified that the H-line intensity in no interior component area takes a little reduction because of a large width in plasma edge region.