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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.
R. N. Hwang
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 167 | Number 1 | January 2011 | Pages 1-39
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE10-004
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The fundamental basis regarding treatment of unresolved resonances and the construction of probability tables and the relevant issues with their application to reactor physics is critically examined. A theoretical model using integral transform techniques is developed that provides a viable alternative to the stochastic-based “ladder” method widely used to construct probability tables. A brief review of the statistical theory for treating the unresolved resonances is presented, followed by a critical examination of these methods. Then a reference method for computing various probability distributions at 0 K is derived analytically for Breit-Wigner resonances. This reference model provides the analytical insight and conceptual basis for extension to the general case of arbitrary temperature. The generalization to arbitrary temperature is accomplished using the Chebyshev expansion while maintaining the general forms of the distributions. Results of extensive benchmark calculations to verify the viability of the proposed method are presented. Finally, there is discussion of the remaining challenges in application of this new analytical approach, in particular, the issue of its extension beyond the Breit-Wigner approximation.