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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.
Jacques Vlassenbroeck, Anis Bousbia Salah, Andrea Bucalossi
Nuclear Technology | Volume 172 | Number 2 | November 2010 | Pages 179-188
Technical Paper | Thermal Hydraulics | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NT09-106
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This paper presents assessment results for the natural circulation interruption (NCI) phenomenon during the cooldown phase in a nuclear pressurized water reactor. This phenomenon could take place because of several circumstances, such as an asymmetric cooldown after the loss of the forced primary flow. Under NCI conditions, the homogeneous boration of the reactor coolant system (RCS) and the connection of the RCS to the residual heat removal system could be hindered. Moreover, at very low or no primary flow rates and an operating safety injection system, a pressurized thermal shock could occur in the reactor vessel due to cold fluid stratification in the loops. It is therefore important to understand the cause of loop flow stagnation and to derive accordingly the appropriate operator actions to avoid such a phenomenon.The main goal of the current study is to assess the effect of a cooldown strategy upon the single-phase NCI occurrence. For this purpose, two scenarios with asymmetric cooling between the reactor cooling loops were investigated: The first one concerns a feedwater line break combined with a loss of offsite power (LOOP), while the second one is limited to the LOOP (or any other transient leading to the loss of the forced primary flow). The analyses were carried out using the best-estimate thermal-hydraulic system code CATHARE 2/V2.5_1mod8.1, developed by Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique, Electricité de France, AREVA, and Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire. The calculation results mainly emphasize the effect of the cooldown rate and the opening strategy of the main steam atmospheric discharge valve upon the occurrence of the NCI phenomenon.