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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.
Loren Roberts, Dmitriy Y. Anistratov
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 165 | Number 2 | June 2010 | Pages 133-148
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE08-48
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A family of nonlinear weighted flux (NWF) methods for solving the transport equation in two-dimensional (2-D) Cartesian geometry is considered. The low-order equations of these methods are defined by means of special linear-fractional factors that are determined by the high-order transport solution. An asymptotic diffusion limit analysis is performed on methods with a general weight function. The analysis revealed conditions on the weight necessary for an accurate approximation of the diffusion equation in this limit. We study methods with weights defined by linear and bilinear functions of directional cosines. As a result, we developed 2-D NWF methods formulated with the low-order equations that give rise to the diffusion equation in optically thick diffusive regions if their factors are calculated by means of the leading-order transport solution. The inherent asymptotic boundary conditions for the NWF methods are analyzed. Numerical results are presented to confirm theoretical results and demonstrate performance of the proposed methods.