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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.
Mohamed El-Sayed Wahed, Wesam Zakaria Ibrahim, Ahmed Mostafa Effat
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 162 | Number 3 | July 2009 | Pages 275-281
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE162-275
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The second Egyptian Research Reactor, ET-RR-2, went critical on November 27, 1997. The National Center of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Control has the responsibility for the evaluation and the assessment of the safety of this reactor. The purpose of this paper is to present an approach to the optimization of the fuel element plate, in which every target is considered as a separate objective to be optimized. Multiobjective optimization is a powerful tool for resolving conflicting objectives in engineering design and numerous other fields. The fuel element plate is designed with a view to improve reliability and lifetime, and it is one of the most important elements during the shutdown. In this paper, we present a conceptual design approach for the fuel element plate, in conjunction with a genetic algorithm to obtain a fuel plate that maximizes a fitness value for optimizing the safety design of the fuel plate.