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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.
Takumi Chikada et al.
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 56 | Number 1 | July 2009 | Pages 309-313
Fusion Materials | Eighteenth Topical Meeting on the Technology of Fusion Energy (Part 1) | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST09-A8919
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Er2O3 coating for tritium permeation barrier has been fabricated on steel substrates by a filtered arc deposition method at room temperature and 973 K. Thermal expansion of the oxide layer and the substrate induced peel-off of the coating. The non-crystalline layer is thought to play a role in forming a uniform surface coating. Five cycles of permeation measurements at 773-973 K resulted in no degradation of the coating. Different permeation behaviors are seen between degassing for 12 h at 873 K and at room temperature. Low hydrogen background following degassing at 873 K helps detect the transition to deuterium permeation. The permeation flux following different degassing conditions eventually approached comparable levels.