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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.
John Loberg, Michael Österlund, Klaes-Håkan Bejmer, Jan Blomgren, Jesper Kierkegaard, Sten-Örjan Lindahl
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 167 | Number 3 | March 2011 | Pages 221-229
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE09-105
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
Models of the neutron flux shape in a withdrawn control rod in a boiling water reactor (BWR) bottom reflector have been constructed from simulations with the Monte Carlo code MCNP. These neutron flux models are intended for determining absorber depletion and fast fluence accumulation for withdrawn control rods with nodal codes.So-called G-factors are created for coupling the neutron flux models to a conventional nodal code via the core bottom neutron flux.The neutron flux models and G-factors are created for three different neutron energies, and their dependence on various parameters such as blanket enrichments, Hf and B4C control rod absorber, and depletion and reflector geometry is investigated.The neutron flux models and G-factors are found to be very insensitive; the neutron flux models predict the simulated neutron flux in the withdrawn control rod from MCNP over a variety of reflector configurations with an error < 3.0%. This implies that the neutron flux models constructed in this paper are generally applicable for BWR reflectors and control rods not fundamentally deviating from the designs investigated in this paper.