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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.
Takashi Kodama, Masanao Nakano, Yoshiaki Hayashi, Shingo Matsuoka, Yasuo Ito, Chihiro Matsuura, Hirotsugu Shiraishi, Yousuke Katsumura
Nuclear Technology | Volume 172 | Number 1 | October 2010 | Pages 77-87
Technical Paper | Reprocessing | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NT09-90
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It is well known that not all of the hydrogen formed in high-level liquid waste comes out in the gas phase because hydrogen is consumed by some unclarified secondary reaction. Using a simulated waste solution, it was found that the H2 consumption reaction is not caused by radiation as was thought but is caused by a catalytic effect of Pd ions, which suggests that the same reaction proceeds in actual solution. Using the catalytic reaction rate constant measured in the simulated solution, the analysis showed that the H2 concentration in the gas phase does not reach its explosion limit of 4% even if the sweeping air stops for a long time.