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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.
Ce Yi, Alireza Haghighat
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 164 | Number 3 | March 2010 | Pages 221-247
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE09-110
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In this paper, we present a hybrid formulation/algorithm to solve the linear Boltzmann equation, specifically for application to problems containing regions of low scattering. The hybrid approach uses the characteristics method in low scattering regions, while the remaining regions are treated with the discrete ordinates method (SN). A shared scattering kernel allows an arbitrary order of anisotropic scattering in both block-oriented solvers. A new three-dimensional transport code (TITAN) has been developed based on the hybrid approach. TITAN divides a problem model into coarse meshes (blocks) in the Cartesian geometry. The block-oriented structure allows different fine-meshing schemes (or characteristic ray densities) and angular quadrature sets for different coarse meshes. Angular and spatial projection techniques are developed to transfer angular fluxes on the interfaces of the coarse meshes. We have tested the performance and accuracy of the new hybrid algorithm within the TITAN code for a number of benchmark problems. The results of a computed tomography model and the Kobayashi benchmark problems are presented in this paper. It is demonstrated that while preserving high-level accuracy as compared to reference Monte Carlo simulations, the hybrid algorithm achieves significant computation efficiency as compared to the SN method only.