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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.
S. Balme, Y. Buravand, P. Fejoz, F. Leroux, P. Pastor, N. Ravenel, P. Spuig
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 56 | Number 3 | October 2009 | Pages 1273-1283
Technical Papers | Tore Supra Special Issue | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST09-A9177
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The tokamak Tore Supra was initially designed to operate long pulses, though the control and data acquisition systems nevertheless had to be upgraded to effectively perform these long-duration pulses. Continuous data acquisition was required for controlling the thermal phenomena, and huge amounts of data had to be handled, especially with the development of video imaging for the safety of the actively cooled vessel. A distributed architecture had to be developed so that real-time feedback could be implemented to ensure safe operation and to optimize the long-duration plasma performance. This paper briefly describes the initial control and data acquisition system and then reviews the developments and enhancements that were made to perform long pulses in Tore Supra.