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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. H. Kim, T. Lho, S. M. Yoo, B. J. Lee
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 55 | Number 2 | February 2009 | Pages 196-199
Technical Paper | Seventh International Conference on Open Magnetic Systems for Plasma Confinement | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST09-A7012
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Water, which is treated in an dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) apparatus at atmospheric pressure, has some characteristics similar to ozone water. Since a ceramic electrode is used as the upper electrode and the water electrode is used as the lower electrode in the DBD system, the plasma discharge is directly in contact with the water surface. The air layer located between the two electrodes is subject to a high voltage discharge and various gases, such as ozone, oxides of nitrogen, etc, are produced by the discharge. These discharge produced gases react physically and chemically with the water electrode and change the characteristics of the water. This DBD treated water has strong sterilizing and oxidizing ability. The oxidizing ability, which is measured by the iodometry method, is about 60~80 mg/l and pH value is about 2.8~3, i.e., the DBD treated water is subacid. In addition, this treated water can be used to process fruits, vegetables, and flowers so as to allow them to be stored fresh for a long time. In addition the DBD process can effectively eliminate minerals like Fe and Mn in water.