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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.
L. Ammirabile, A. Bieliauskas, A. Bujan, B. Toth, G. Gyenes, J. Dienstbier, L. Herranz, J. Fontanet, N. Reinke, A. Rizoiu, J. Jancovic
Nuclear Technology | Volume 172 | Number 2 | November 2010 | Pages 220-229
Technical Note | Reactor Safety | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NT10-A10907
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This paper presents an overview of the activities carried out in the framework of the SARNET project by the CIEMAT, INR, JRC/IE, GRS, UJV, and VUJE partners involved in the validation of ASTEC on fission product (FP) release and transport experiments simulating severe accident conditions in the reactor circuit and containment.These activities were mainly devoted to the analysis of the Phébus experiments, FPT0, FPT1, and FPT2, which provided fundamental reference data for the severe accident research. The ELSA, SOPHAEROS, CPA, and IODE modules were used for FP release from the bundle, transport in the circuit, containment thermal hydraulics and aerosol behavior, and iodine behavior in containment, respectively. Studies on aerosol behavior in the STORM experiments and iodine behavior in the ThAI experiments are also summarized.The paper describes not only the results of validation of some stand-alone or several coupled code modules but also the results of first integral calculations, when all the relevant modules of the ASTEC code were used to model the FP release and transport. In the integral calculations, no boundary conditions are to be defined by the code users for most of the code modules, but only at such interfaces were the boundary conditions applied in the experiment. The integral calculation allows more objective judgment about the combined uncertainties of the calculated results.Together with overview of the progress in the validation of the main ASTEC modules, this paper also points out what needs to be improved in the modeling of future ASTEC V2 code versions.