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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.
Ser Gi Hong, Kang-Seog Kim, Jae Seung Song
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 164 | Number 1 | January 2010 | Pages 33-52
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE09-18
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This paper analyzes the convergence of the rebalance iteration methods for accelerating the power iteration method of the discrete ordinates transport equation in the eigenvalue problem. The rebalance iteration methods include the coarse mesh rebalance (CMR), the coarse mesh finite difference (CMFD), and the partial current-based CMFD methods. The convergence analysis is performed with the well-known Fourier analysis through linearization. In the linearized form, these rebalance methods are formulated in a unified way where the rebalance methods are different only in a parameter. The analyses are applied for both one- and two-group problems in a homogeneous infinite medium and a finite medium having periodic boundary conditions. The theoretical analysis shows that the convergences of the rebalance methods for the eigenvalue problems are closely related with the ones for the fixed source problems and that the convergences for the eigenvalue problems can be analyzed with the formula for the fixed source problem after transforming the scattering cross sections into a different cross-section set. The numerical tests show that the Fourier convergence analysis provides a reasonable estimate for the numerical spectral radii for the model problems.