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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.
Kari Korpiola, Joonas Järvinen, Karri Penttilä, Petri Kotiluoto
Nuclear Technology | Volume 172 | Number 2 | November 2010 | Pages 230-236
Technical Note | Radioactive Waste Management and Disposal | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NT10-A10908
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Incineration of spent ion exchange resin was simulated using the ChemSheet chemical calculation program. The simulation of the incineration was modeled for typical spent resin produced by pressurized water reactors (PWRs) and boiling water reactors (BWRs) in Finland. The objective of the study was to find the volume and mass reduction and the chemical compounds formed during incineration. The simulation showed that active elements did not play any role in incineration owing to small amount of Cs, Co, etc. The ash contained metal oxides - mainly hematite, iron oxide Fe2O3. Other products of the incineration were water, carbon dioxide, sulfuric acid, and nitrogen oxides. The volume reductions 1/100 and 1/14 of the spent resin were obtained for PWRs and BWRs, respectively. The annual ash production from incineration was calculated to be 408 kg and 746 kg for the currently operating Finnish PWR and BWR plants in Loviisa and Olkiluoto, respectively.