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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.
Jeremy Lloyd Conlin, James Paul Holloway
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 169 | Number 2 | October 2011 | Pages 168-177
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE10-72
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This paper introduces the explicitly restarted Arnoldi's method for calculating eigenvalues and eigenvectors in a Monte Carlo criticality calculation. Arnoldi's method is described along with the power method. The power method has been used for decades for Monte Carlo criticality calculations despite the availability of other algorithms with better convergence properties. The Monte Carlo application of the transport-fission operator of the Boltzmann transport equation is defined, and the Monte Carlo implementation of both Arnoldi's method and the power method are described. A brief discussion of eigenvalue and fission source convergence is given. Numerical simulations of one-demensional slab geometries are presented, demonstrating the convergence of both the eigenvalue and fission source (as measured by the Shannon entropy) for both Arnoldi's method and the power method. The results show that Arnoldi's method does not need to discard iterations like the power method because both the eigenvalue and fission source appear to converge immediately, even for problems with high dominance ratios.