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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.
T. A. Heltemes, G. A. Moses
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 56 | Number 1 | July 2009 | Pages 470-474
IFE Drivers and Chambers | Eighteenth Topical Meeting on the Technology of Fusion Energy (Part 1) | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST09-A8947
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The characterization of lifetime-component capabilities of various chamber armors is a critical path to the development of the High Average Power Laser (HAPL) reactor design. Previous studies have examined tungsten as an armor material to protect the low-activation ferritic steel first wall from x-ray and ion damage.Carbon-bearing materials are of interest as candidate armor materials due to their desirable thermal and mechanical properties. This analysis examines and compares several carbon-bearing materials: silicon carbide, graphite, engineered graphitic materials and carbon nanotube composites.The transient thermal response of these materials was simulated with the BUCKY 1-D radiation hydrodynamics code utilizing the standardized HAPL x-ray and ion threat spectra. Evacuated and buffer gas filled bare-walled configurations were simulated.