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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.
R. M. Ferrer, Y. Y. Azmy
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 162 | Number 3 | July 2009 | Pages 215-233
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE162-215
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An error analysis is performed for the nodal integral method (NIM) applied to the one-speed, steady-state neutron diffusion equation in two-dimensional Cartesian geometry. The geometric configuration of the problem employed in the analysis consists of a homogeneous-material unit square with Dirichlet boundary conditions on all four sides. The NIM equations comprise three sets of equations: (a) one neutron balance equation per computational cell, (b) one current continuity condition per internal x = const computational cell edge, and (c) one current continuity condition per internal y = const computational cell edge. A Maximum Principle is proved for the solution of the NIM equations, followed by an error analysis achieved by applying the Maximum Principle to a carefully constructed mesh function driven by the truncation error or residual. The error analysis establishes the convergence of the NIM solution to the exact solution if the latter is twice differentiable. Furthermore, if the exact solution is four times differentiable, the NIM solution error is bounded by an O(a2) expression involving bounds on the exact solution's fourth partial derivatives, where a is half the scaled length of a computational cell. Numerical experiments are presented whose results successfully verify the conclusions of the error analysis.