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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.
M. M. R. Williams
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 168 | Number 2 | June 2011 | Pages 138-150
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE11-45
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
The aqueous homogeneous reactor has assumed some importance in recent years as a potential medical isotopes production system. The kinetic behavior of such systems depends on the rate of generation of the radiolytic gas bubbles and the associated reactivity void coefficient. In this work we describe a method based on perturbation theory, and a simple description of bubble production, for deriving a value of the void coefficient of reactivity. It is shown that, in the small void fraction limit, the void coefficient is dependent only on the system properties and does not depend on power level or the bubble properties. Values are given for the void coefficient for a range of parameters assuming that the voids are distributed in three different ways, i.e., uniformly, proportional to power, and equal to the distribution due to buoyancy. The results are in reasonable agreement with values obtained by others, using more detailed methods, based on the reactors SILENE and MIPR.