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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.
E. Gayton, L. Crosatti, D. L. Sadowski, S. I. Abdel-Khalik, M. Yoda, S. Malang
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 56 | Number 1 | July 2009 | Pages 75-79
Divertor and High Heat Flux Components | Eighteenth Topical Meeting on the Technology of Fusion Energy (Part 1) | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST09-31
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The helium-cooled plate-type divertor concept proposed by Malang was designed to accommodate a surface heat load of ~10 MW/m2. This design can potentially reduce the number of modules needed for the divertor by over two orders of magnitude compared with other concepts, thereby significantly reducing coolant delivery system complexity and manufacturing costs. While previous analyses have predicted that the plate design can accommodate heat fluxes of 10 MW/m2, no experimental data have been published to date to validate such analyses. Experiments have therefore been conducted using air as the coolant at Reynolds numbers similar to those proposed for the actual helium-coolant operating conditions on an instrumented test module with cross-sectional geometry identical to the prototypical plate-type divertor. A second test module where the planar jet exiting the inlet manifold is replaced by a two-dimensional hexagonal array of circular jets over the entire top surface of the inlet manifold has also been tested. The thermal performance of both test modules with and without a porous metallic foam layer in the gap between the outer surface of the inlet manifold and the cooled surfaces was directly compared to test the numerical simulations of Sharafat which predict that the metallic foam significantly enhances heat transfer.