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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.
Massimiliano Rosa, James S. Warsa, Jae H. Chang
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 164 | Number 3 | March 2010 | Pages 248-263
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE09-26
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A Fourier analysis is conducted for the discrete ordinates, or SN, approximation of the neutron transport problem solved with Richardson iteration (source iteration) and Richardson iteration preconditioned with transport synthetic acceleration (TSA), using the inexact parallel block-Jacobi (IPBJ) algorithm both in slab and two-dimensional Cartesian geometry. Both traditional, or “beta,” TSA (TTSA) and a modified TSA (MTSA), in which only the scattering in the low-order equations is reduced by some nonnegative factor < 1, are considered.The results for the unaccelerated algorithm show that convergence of IPBJ can degrade, leading in particular to stagnation of the generalized minimum residual method with restart parameter m, GMRES(m), in problems containing optically thin subdomains. The IPBJ algorithm preconditioned with TTSA can be effective, provided the parameter is properly tuned for a given scattering ratio c, but is potentially unstable. Compared to TTSA, MTSA is less sensitive to the choice of , more effective for the same computational effort, measured in terms of the effective scattering ratio c′, and it is unconditionally stable.