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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.
Aya Diab, Michael Corradini
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 165 | Number 2 | June 2010 | Pages 180-199
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE08-18
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Two-dimensional (2-D) experiments have been conducted to study the phenomenon of liquid entrainment associated with interfacial hydrodynamic instabilities, in particular, the Rayleigh-Taylor instability (RTI). The current work is part of an effort to understand the phenomenon of RTI associated with the rapid expansion of a superheated steam bubble that may occur in a CANDU reactor. The goal of the present work is to quantify the entrainment phenomenon associated with the RTI pertinent to the growth of a 2-D air bubble expanding adiabatically against a 2-D pool of water for a range of operating pressures. This experimental work is similar to that undertaken three decades ago at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but the geometry has been modified to decrease the blowdown chute volume in order to reduce the experimental uncertainties. The entrainment phenomenon is characterized by means of two parameters that can be used to verify a semiempirical model developed in a parallel modeling effort. Specifically, the first parameter quantifies the width of the mixing zone, and the second parameter quantifies the volumetric ratio between the entrained liquid and the mixing zone. Comparing the experimental data with the model predictions is used to validate the developed model.