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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.
David P. Hartmangruber, Bojan Petrovic
Nuclear Technology | Volume 175 | Number 1 | July 2011 | Pages 187-197
Technical Paper | Special Issue on the 16th Biennial Topical Meeting of the Radiation Protection and Shielding Division / Radiation Transport and Protection | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NT10-165
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IRIS is an advanced, smaller-power pressurized water reactor, with aggressive dose reduction objectives. Because of its integral configuration, IRIS has a thick downcomer region that significantly reduces the radiation field outside the reactor vessel, forming the technical basis for achieving the objectives. However, this feature also makes the shielding analysis very challenging. The goal of evaluating the dose rate distribution throughout the IRIS nuclear power plant and, in particular, in all accessible areas further amplifies the problem.The MAVRIC sequence of the SCALE6 code system was selected for this analysis. MAVRIC employs a hybrid deterministic-stochastic approach, with CADIS and Forward-CADIS methods being used to develop variance-reduction parameters for Monte Carlo simulations. MAVRIC was successfully applied to determine the dose rate distribution throughout a large portion of the IRIS nuclear power plant including the control room. The obtained results confirmed that the dose rate is below the set target limit in the relevant plant areas and, in particular, in the control room.