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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.
Y. Danon, R. C. Block, M. J. Rapp, F. J. Saglime, G. Leinweber, D. P. Barry, N. J. Drindak, J. G. Hoole
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 161 | Number 3 | March 2009 | Pages 321-330
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE161-321
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This paper presents new measurements of the carbon and beryllium neutron total cross section in the energy range of 24 to 950 keV. The measurements were done using a pulsed neutron source driven by an electron LINAC. The neutron beam passed through a 30-cm-thick iron filter, which results in neutron transmission only in energies where resonance scattering and potential interference exist. The neutron filter removes most of the neutrons at other energies and significantly attenuates the gamma background resulting in 20 energy windows and a high signal-to-background ratio. The filtered beam was used for transmission measurements through graphite that results in ~1% accurate total cross sections that are in excellent agreement with current evaluations. The carbon measurement provides a verification of the accuracy of the filtered beam method. Measurements of three samples of different thicknesses of beryllium resulted in accurate total cross-section values that agree with one previous measurement and show discrepancies from current evaluations. The high accuracy of the new measurements can be used for improvement of future total cross-section evaluations of beryllium.