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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.
Qingbo Wang, Jingyuan Qu, Wenkai Zhu, Baichang Zhou, Jinxing Cheng
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 168 | Number 3 | July 2011 | Pages 287-292
Technical Note | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE10-65
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The radon adsorption ability of four samples of coconut shell-based activated carbons has been investigated by measuring the dynamic adsorption coefficient (DAC) of each activated carbon in a radon room. The findings obtained have shown that DACs are dramatically different even when the surface areas are near. Nitrogen adsorption and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis are used to study the microstructure of the four samples. The results have shown that micropores with diameters between 0.5 and 0.8 nm play the most important role in radon adsorption on activated carbons. Oxygen on the pore surface influences radon adsorption because of the polarity molecular adsorption on oxygen groups.