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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.
Tobias Lundqvist Saleh, Staffan Jacobsson Svärd, Ane Håkansson, A. Bäcklin
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 165 | Number 2 | June 2010 | Pages 232-239
Technical Note | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE09-23TN
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A tomographic technique for determination of the thermal power distribution in nuclear fuel assemblies is under development. The purpose is to provide an experimental validation tool for core simulation codes. Such codes are essential for the operation of nuclear power reactors, and validation is important in the process of improving and developing the codes as well as the fuel.The tomographic method is nonintrusive and offers large amounts of data within a normal revision shutdown. In earlier experimental investigations using a test platform, the method proved useful, demonstrating results of satisfying quality. However, the measuring setup also revealed nonfeasible properties related to transport, decontamination, and background radiation shielding.In this paper, the design of a new measuring device is presented. It is based on experiences from the test platform, but its size and weight make it advantageous regarding transports and decontamination. Moreover, the design inherently allows for more efficient background shielding.The latter has been investigated in a detailed study using the MCNP simulation code. The results confirm the high levels of background radiation observed in the test platform. It is also concluded that the shielding properties in the new design are sufficient.