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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.
Masaumi Nakahara, Tsutomu Koizumi, Kazunori Nomura
Nuclear Technology | Volume 173 | Number 2 | February 2011 | Pages 183-190
Technical Paper | Reprocessing | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NT11-A11547
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There is concern that a binary salt of Pu(IV) and Cs forms deposits on the uranyl nitrate hexahydrate (UNH) crystal formed in the dissolver solution for U crystallization containing Cs. Precipitation behavior of dicesium tetravalent plutonium hexanitrate, Cs2Pu(NO3)6, in the U crystallization process is studied. In this work, the solubility of Cs2Pu(NO3)6 was measured in a HNO3 solution, and influence of Pu valence and Cs concentration in the dissolver solution on decontamination factors (DFs) of Pu and Cs in the crystal was examined in the U crystallization process. The solubility of Cs2Pu(NO3)6 increased with a decrease in the concentration of HNO3 in the mother liquor and a rise in temperature of the mother liquor. In the U crystallization process, although the DF of Cs was low where there was Pu(IV) since the two were difficult to separate in the feed solution, Cs was removed thoroughly where there was Pu(VI) in the feed solution. The Cs concentration in the feed solution affected the DFs of Pu and Cs after the UNH crystal was washed. The DFs of Pu and Cs had a tendency to decrease with increase of Cs concentration in the feed solution, because large amounts of Cs+ contributed to the formation of Cs2Pu(NO3)6.