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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.
V. Chuyanov, ITER International Team
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 47 | Number 3 | April 2005 | Pages 469-474
Technical Paper | Fusion Energy - First Wall, Blanket, and Shield | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST05-A731
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One of the objectives of ITER is to demonstrate fusion technology in an integrated system by performing testing of nuclear components, in particular to test design concepts of tritium breeding blanket relevant to a DEMO reactor. In the current ITER design three large equatorial ports have been allocated for blanket module testing.Typical testing conditions foreseen now include a surface heat flux of 0.1 MW/m2, a neutron wall load of 0.78 MW/m2, pulse length of 400 s with a duty cycle of 25%. After the first 10 years of operation one may expect to reach a total neutron fluence at the surface of test blanket modules ~ 0.12 Mwy/m2. In the second 10 years of operation very long pulses and accumulation of neutron fluence ~ 0.3 MWy/m2 may be expected.Test modules must not compromise ITER safety and reliability. Water-cooled modules must have their own pressure suppression system. The mass of liquid lithium is strictly limited to avoid a hydrogen explosion.Breeding blanket testing in ITER is extremely important for DEMO breeding blanket development. The best effort has to be undertaken to coordinate the Parties' activities in this area and to achieve the best use of space and time available for blanket testing in ITER.