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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.
P. Talou, T. Kawano, D. G. Madland, A. C. Kahler, D. K. Parsons, M. C. White, R. C. Little, M. B. Chadwick
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 166 | Number 3 | November 2010 | Pages 254-266
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE09-10
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Uncertainties associated with the prompt fission neutron spectrum (PFNS) of n(0.5 MeV) + 239Pu evaluated for the ENDF/B-VII.0 library are estimated using known experimental information and model parameter uncertainties in the framework of the Madland-Nix model. The model parameters used for the ENDF/B-VII.0 evaluation are also used in the present work. A covariance matrix is obtained, and its eigenvalues are estimated. Sampled spectra are then used in PARTISN transport simulations to infer the impact of PFNS uncertainties on the calculation of the multiplication factor keff in the Jezebel critical assembly. The present evaluated PFNS uncertainties lead to ˜0.24% uncertainty in the Jezebel keff. Finally, multigroup covariance matrices are produced in 33- and 590-group structures.