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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 Hayashi et al.
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 56 | Number 2 | August 2009 | Pages 836-840
Tritium Breeding | Eighteenth Topical Meeting on the Technology of Fusion Energy (Part 2) | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST09-A9014
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In order to investigate the function of water molecule for tritium transport behavior on the water-metal boundary, a series of experiments of tritium permeation into humid atmosphere was performed through pure iron piping with different surfaces of oxide etc., which contained about 1 kPa of pure tritium gas at 423 K. Chemical forms of tritium permeated into water were monitored continuously under purging outer jacket by <1000ppm of water vapor in Ar. Observation of metal surfaces was also carried out by Secondary Electron Microscope (SEM) and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) analysis. The results were compared with those permeated into pressurized liquid water at 423 K.The actual tritium permeation rate into Ar with <1000 ppm of water vapor was not clearly changed that into liquid water. In the vapor atmosphere, a magnetite layer did not grow on the surface clearly, and tritium permeation rate and chemical species (∼100% of HTO) through pure iron piping with mechanically polished surface were not changed drastically comparing with data with a magnetite surface. On the other hand, hydrogen gas (HT) fraction of tritium permeated into the outer jacket increased drastically in case of a gold plating surface.