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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.
Tae-Sic Yoo, Steven M. Frank, Michael F. Simpson, Paula A. Hahn, Terry J. Battisti, Supathorn Phongikaroon
Nuclear Technology | Volume 171 | Number 3 | September 2010 | Pages 306-315
Technical Paper | Pyro 08 Special / Reprocessing | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NT10-A10866
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This paper presents results of experiments and modeling for ion exchange of LiCl-KCl-based molten salts with zeolite-A. The experiments examined the equilibrium distributions of various nuclear fuel fission products between the molten salt and zeolite phases. In addition to data that were collected in previous studies, new experiments were run using ternary salts (LiCl-KCl-YCl3, LiCl-KCl-LaCl3, and LiCl-KCl-PrCl3) and quaternary salts (LiCl-KCl-CsCl-NdCl3 and LiCl-KCl-CsCl-SrCl2). All contacting experiments were conducted at 500°C with a salt-zeolite contacting period of 24 h to allow for equilibrium to be reached. The developed equilibrium model assumes that there are ion-exchange and occlusion sites, both of which are in equilibrium with the molten salt phase. A systematic approach in estimating the total occlusion capacity of the zeolite-A was developed. The parameters of the model, including the total occlusion capacity of the zeolite-A, were determined from fitting the entire set of experimental data available between previous studies and the current one. Experiments involving ternary salts were used to estimate the parameters of the model, while those involving quaternary salts were used to validate the model.