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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.
Fan Li, Belle R. Upadhyaya
Nuclear Technology | Volume 173 | Number 1 | January 2011 | Pages 17-25
Technical Paper | NPIC&HMIT Special / Nuclear Plant Operations and Control | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NT11-A11480
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Fault diagnosis is an important area in the nuclear industry for effective and continuous operation of power plants. All the approaches for fault diagnosis depend critically on the sensors that measure important process variables in the system. The locations of these sensors determine the effectiveness of the diagnostic methods. However, the emphasis of most fault diagnosis approaches is primarily on procedures to perform fault detection and isolation (FDI) given a set of sensors. Little attention has been given to the actual allocation of sensors for achieving efficient FDI performance. A graph-based approach, the directed graph (DG), is proposed in this paper as a solution for the optimization of sensor locations for efficient fault identification. The application of the DG modeling in deciding the locations of sensors based on the concepts of observability and fault resolution is introduced. A reliability maximization-based optimization framework for sensor placement from a fault diagnosis perspective is described. The helical coil steam generator unit of the International Reactor Innovative and Secure system is outlined to underscore the utility of the algorithms for large systems.