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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.
Fu-Zhi Li, Meng Zhang, Xuan Zhao, Tao Hou, Li-Jun Liu
Nuclear Technology | Volume 172 | Number 1 | October 2010 | Pages 71-76
Technical Paper | Nuclear Plant Operations & Control | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NT10-A10883
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The rapid development of the nuclear power plant (NPP) in China leads to increasing attention to the minimization of radioactive waste. The primary coolant is one of the sources of low-level radioactive wastewater and must be decontaminated before its discharge to the environment. One of the possibilities is by means of continuous electrodeionization (CEDI) technology. In this paper the lab-scale experiments demonstrate that CEDI can offer favorable decontamination of primary coolant in NPP, with minimized radioactive spent resin production. Displacement of the anion exchanger by weak base anion exchangers in a CEDI module can improve the Co2+ and Sr2+ removal. In the dilute effluent of the modified module, Co2+ and Sr2+ concentrations are below 2 ngl-1 and 58 to 114 ngl-1 , respectively, which is much lower than the commercial one of 205 to 289 ngl-1 and 268 to 326 ngl-1 . This displacement has a negligible influence on the electrical resistance of the module.