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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.
Steinar Solstad, Rudi Van Nieuwenhove
Nuclear Technology | Volume 173 | Number 1 | January 2011 | Pages 78-85
Technical Paper | NPIC&HMIT Special / Nuclear Plant Operations and Control | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NT11-A11486
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The Halden Reactor Project (HRP) relies on extensive use of in-core instrumentation for both fuel and material testing in the Halden Boiling Water Reactor (HBWR). Separate loop systems have been installed in the reactor to simulate boiling water reactor and pressurized water reactor conditions. Reliable in-core instrumentation has been developed for measuring all key parameters both for fuel and material such as fission gas release, fuel temperature, fuel swelling/densification, cladding creep, etc. HRP has a fully equipped workshop for instrument production, and all our instruments are developed and made in-house. Instruments based upon the in-core linear variable differential transformer (LVDT) have been developed by HRP, such as the fuel pressure sensor, fuel rod expansion thermometer, fuel swelling, and cladding elongation. A special diameter gauge based upon the LVDT principle has also been developed to measure diametric changes of the fuel rods.In order to characterize the irradiation conditions (both nuclear and chemical), the HRP has developed the miniaturized gamma thermometer and various types of electrochemical potential sensors. In addition, different types of self-powered neutron detectors have been developed. Ongoing development of in-core instrumentation and measurement techniques focuses on high-temperature conditions and new methods for crack detection and corrosion of fuel cladding materials. Another topic under development is online corrosion detection by means of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Initial in-core measurements have been performed at HRP.