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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.
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 160 | Number 2 | October 2008 | Pages 261-266
Technical Note | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE160-261TN
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The double-heterogeneity treatment is available in many lattice codes to represent the effect of one or many stochastic media on the deterministic solution of the neutron transport equation. A stochastic medium is a mixture of a diluent matrix with cylindrical or spherical microstructures of different sizes. Different models have been presented in the past, some limited to the collision probability method and others limited to the method of characteristics. We have reformulated these existing models in a uniform framework and introduced a scattering reduction, making them compatible with any solution technique of the neutron transport equation. This new approach has been implemented in the Dragon Version4 lattice code in a generic way that is interoperable with the overall code features. This approach can easily be implemented within any existing code dedicated to the solution of the transport equation.