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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.
P. S. Remya Devi, Shreeram Joshi, Rakesh Verma, A. V. R. Reddy, A. M. Lali, L. M. Gantayet
Nuclear Technology | Volume 171 | Number 2 | August 2010 | Pages 220-227
Technical Paper | Radioisotopes | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NT10-A10784
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The feasibility of using ion-exchange resins to separate cobalt and antimony from zirconium in acid solutions was investigated. The distribution coefficients of zirconium, cobalt, and antimony on strong cation and anion exchangers in HCl and oxalic acid media were determined. The mass effect of zirconium on the distribution coefficients of cobalt and antimony was studied. The isotherm for zirconium was obtained in HCl solution. The distribution coefficient and isotherm data were used to develop ion-exchange processes for separation of cobalt and antimony from zirconium in the linear and nonlinear regions of the isotherm. A decontamination factor of more than 103 was achieved in a single ion-exchange cycle with respect to both cobalt and antimony. Two cycles of ion exchange will bring down the activity to acceptable levels for processing of irradiated zirconium as well as achieve a significant reduction in the waste volume. This is the first paper on separation of 60Co and 125Sb from zirconium for radioactive waste management.