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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.
Ronald L. Miller
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 56 | Number 2 | August 2009 | Pages 940-944
Power Plants, Demo, and Next Steps | Eighteenth Topical Meeting on the Technology of Fusion Energy (Part 2) | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST09-A9031
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The characterization of the projected power-plant embodiment of the Reversed-Field Pinch (RFP) since the multi-institutional TITAN Study (c1990) is modified by new information and modern approaches used in recent conceptual design studies of various fusion embodiments in the areas of plasma physics/engineering, technology, safety and environmental impact, and costing. The basic features of a D-T burning, toroidal magnetic-confinement RFP system in the 1-GWe class remain, with modifications deriving from experimentally improved energy confinement scaling, re-examination of current-drive options required for steady operation, and other operational features, including the emphasis placed on high power density as a route to compactness and direct cost reduction. The relative competitiveness depends, as always, on plasma physics performance (e.g., beta, energy confinement time, fusion power density, and operational scenario) required technologies (magnetic coils, plasma-facing components, blanket, and power cycle), recirculating power fraction, plant availability (i.e., scheduled and forced outages), radioactive waste disposal, etc. The key aspects of a DEMO/first-commercial RFP fusion power core are examined in the systems context of competitiveness and public acceptance.