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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.
Hee-Chul Yang, Hee-Chul Eun, Yung-Zun Cho, Han-Soo Lee, In-Tae Kim
Nuclear Technology | Volume 171 | Number 3 | September 2010 | Pages 300-305
Technical Paper | Pyro 08 Special / Reprocessing | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NT10-A10865
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A fundamental study on the distillation rate on LiCl-KCl eutectic salt under different vacuums from 66 to 6600 Pa (0.5 to 50 mm Hg) was performed by using both a nonisothermal and an isothermal thermogravimetric (TG) analysis. Based on the nonisothermal TG data, distillation rate equations as a function of the temperature could be derived. Calculated flux by these model flux equations was in agreement with the distillation rate obtained from isothermal TG analysis. A salt distillation operation with a moderated distillation rate of 10-4 to 10-5 molcm-2s-1 is possible at temperatures of <1300 K and vacuums of 660 to 6600 Pa. An [approximately]99% salt distillation efficiency was obtained after 1 h at a temperature above 1150 K under 6600 Pa. An increase in the vaporizing surface area is relatively effective for removing residual salt in the remaining particles, when compared to that for the vaporizing time. More than 99.95% of total distillation efficiency was obtained for a 1-h distillation operation by increasing the inner surface area from 4.52 to 12.56 cm2 (about 3 times increase).