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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.
Keith Searson, Fabrice Fleurot, Andrew Cooper, Pat Cowan
Nuclear Technology | Volume 175 | Number 1 | July 2011 | Pages 259-263
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/NT11-A12297
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A computer-aided design (CAD) import and tracking system, OiNC, has been developed that is currently being incorporated into the MONK and MCBEND criticality and shielding codes. The system enables analysts to take advantage of the advanced geometry modeling capabilities provided by the solid CAD modelers Autodesk Inventor and Solidworks. Various tracking acceleration techniques are implemented in order to reduce calculation time, including the full or partial automatic conversion of the CAD model to constructive solid geometry (CSG) form. For the criticality benchmark model detailed here, the overall calculation run time for a CAD-based geometry was found to be just 14% longer than an equivalent text-based CSG model. OiNC uses analytical surface descriptions, with full NURBS support, avoiding the approximations and problems associated with meshing. However, meshed models can still be imported and tracked, enabling shielding and criticality calculations to be performed, for example, on impact simulated finite element models.