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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.
B. S. Kang, H. S. Cho, S. Y. Lee, S. I. Choi, J. E. Oh, H. M. Cho
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 162 | Number 2 | June 2009 | Pages 200-207
Technical Note | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE162-200
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We developed an automated digital gamma-imaging system for nondestructive testing of welded structures in steel pipes. The imaging system consists of a 750-m-thick CdTe (cadmium telluride) photoconductor coupled to a commercially available complementary metal-oxide semiconductor readout array having a 100 m × 100 m pixel size and a 5.4 mm × 151.0 mm active area, a collimated 75Se (selenium) gamma source having an activity of ~78.7 Ci and a physical dimension of 3.0 mm in diameter and 3.0 mm in height, and a beam limiter 1.0 mm in width and 2.6 mm in height to restrict field size. All the components were assembled with a track-typed trailer mounted around a steel pipe and moved by using a microstepping motor at a fixed speed of 5.0 mm/s. We obtained useful gamma images of some test specimens such as a duplex wire phantom and American Society for Testing and Materials batches from the imaging system and evaluated the image quality in terms of the modulation transfer function, the noise power spectrum, and the detective quantum efficiency.