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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.
Hiroki Takezawa, Toru Obara
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 164 | Number 1 | January 2010 | Pages 80-86
Technical Note | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE08-91
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The integral kinetic model is applicable to space-dependent kinetic analysis for any weakly coupled system because of its applicability to any geometry. Transient parameters that describe the time distribution of neutron transport between regions in a system are essential for this model. This paper presents a formula for calculating the parameters based on the nonanalog Monte Carlo neutron transport simulation technique. A continuous-energy Monte Carlo code MVP2.0 was modified to calculate the parameters, and the modification was verified using the static coupled reactor theory. The parameters were calculated in a simple fast-thermal coupled reactor. The results showed a difference in fission starting times between a fast region and a thermal region, which can cause a time lag in the transient behavior between the two regions. The results also revealed the time distribution of neutron energy groups that trigger fissions in each region. A space-dependent kinetic analysis code based on the integral kinetic model is under development, and these parameters can be used in the integral kinetic model to perform space-dependent kinetic analysis for weakly coupled systems.