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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.
R. W. Petzoldt, D. T. Goodin, E. Valmianski, L. C. Carlson, J. Stromsoe, R. K. Friend, J. Hares
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 56 | Number 1 | July 2009 | Pages 417-421
IFE Target Design | Eighteenth Topical Meeting on the Technology of Fusion Energy (Part 1) | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST09-25
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
Various methods for accelerating targets to be injected into an Inertial Fusion Energy (IFE) power plant have been considered such as gas gun, rail gun and electromagnetic induction. One method that could also be used for direct drive targets is electrostatic acceleration.We have been using electrostatic steering to improve target placement accuracy. We optically track the motion of a charged target, and feed back appropriate steering voltage to four steering electrodes. We have also completed fabrication and begun testing of an electrostatic accelerator that advances the electric field each time the charged target passes one of the 96 accelerating electrodes. Many of the accelerating electrodes are segmented to allow transverse position correction based on transverse position measurements during the acceleration process. Calculations indicate that this "first step" accelerator will achieve 10-15 m/s target velocity in 0.9 m with ±4 kV accelerating voltage. Updated target steering results as well as the accelerator design, fabrication, and early experimental results are presented.