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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.
Günyaz Ablay, Tunc Aldemir
Nuclear Technology | Volume 174 | Number 1 | April 2011 | Pages 64-76
Technical Paper | Instrumentation and Control Systems | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NT11-A11680
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Sliding mode control is an effective methodology for controlling systems with variable structures, providing a systematic approach to the problem of maintaining stability and consistent performance in the presence of modeling imprecision, uncertainties, and disturbances. The observation problem of the uncertain and nonlinear nuclear systems is investigated by using sliding mode observers (SMOs). Three different applications with uncertainties are under consideration: point reactor kinetics equations, nonlinear xenon dynamics, and a U-tube steam generator system. Numerical results are presented to illustrate the effectiveness of the SMO.