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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 160 | Number 2 | October 2008 | Pages 253-260
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE160-253
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The resonance integrals and associated temperature coefficients in a mixture of graphite and randomly dispersed grains of ThO2 are calculated. Two methods of dealing with the random distribution of grains are used. The first is one developed by Lane, Nordheim, and Sampson, which is based upon a random Dancoff factor, and the second uses the dichotomic Markov process. The numerical results are compared for a range of grain sizes and ranges of temperature. The differences in the two methods do not exceed 4% for resonance integrals and 2.5% for temperature coefficients. Bearing in mind the radically different stochastic procedures involved, it is remarkable and useful to know that the results are so insensitive to the stochastic model used. In addition we give a measure of the variance in the results.