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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. J. Bond, S. R. Doctor, J. W. Griffin, A. B. Hull, S. N. Malik
Nuclear Technology | Volume 173 | Number 1 | January 2011 | Pages 46-55
Technical Paper | NPIC&HMIT Special / Materials for Nuclear Systems | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NT173-46
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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has undertaken a program to lay the groundwork for defining proactive actions to manage degradation of materials in light water reactors (LWRs). This proactive management of materials degradation (PMMD) program examines LWR component materials and the degradation phenomena that affect them. Of particular interest is how such phenomena can be monitored and data can be used to predict degradation and prevent component failure. Some forms of degradation, including some modes of stress corrosion cracking, are characterized by a long initiation time followed by a rapid growth phase, and monitoring such long-term degradation will require new nondestructive evaluation methods and measurement procedures. As reactor lifetimes are extended, degradation mechanisms previously considered too long-term to be of consequence (such as concrete and wiring insulation degradation) may become more important. This paper explains the basic principles of PMMD and its relationship to in-service inspection, condition-based maintenance, and advanced diagnostics and prognostics. It then reviews the phases for degradation development and technologies with potential for sensing and monitoring degradation in its early stages.