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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.
Victor Ontiveros, Adrien Cartillier, Mohammad Modarres
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 166 | Number 3 | November 2010 | Pages 179-201
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE10-05
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Fire simulation codes are powerful tools for use in risk-informed and performance-based approaches for risk assessment. Following initial work performed in a joint effort between the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Electric Power Research Institute of a verification and validation of five popular fire simulation codes and research performed at the University of Maryland to quantify total code output uncertainty following a “black-box” approach, this research presents a “white-box” methodology with the goal of also accounting for uncertainties within a simulation code prediction. In this paper the white-box probabilistic approach is discussed to assess uncertainties associated with fire simulation codes. Uncertainties associated with the input variables to the codes as well as the uncertainties associated with the submodels and correlations used inside the code are accounted for. To validate code output calculations, experimental tests may also be available to compare against code calculations. These experimental results may also be used in the assessment of the code uncertainties. Building upon earlier research on model uncertainty performed at the University of Maryland, the methodology employed to estimate the uncertainties is based on a Bayesian estimation approach. This Bayesian estimation approach integrates all evidence available to arrive at an estimate of the uncertainties associated with a reality of interest being estimated by the simulation code. Examples of applications with results of the associated uncertainties are discussed in this paper.