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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.
Liangxing Li, Shengjie Gong, Weimin Ma
Nuclear Technology | Volume 177 | Number 1 | January 2012 | Pages 107-118
Technical Paper | Thermal Hydraulics | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NT12-A13331
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This paper documents an experimental study on two-phase flow regimes and frictional pressure drop characteristics in a particulate (porous) bed packed with multidiameter (1.5-, 3-, and 6-mm) glass spheres. The experimental results provide new data to validate/develop hydrodynamic models for coolability analysis of debris beds formed in fuel-coolant interactions during a postulated severe accident. The POMECO-FL test facility is employed to perform the experiment, with the spheres packed in a test section of 90 mm diameter and 635 mm height. The pressure drops are measured for air/water two-phase flow through the packed bed, and flow patterns are obtained by means of visual observations. Meanwhile, local void fraction in the center of the bed is measured by a microconductive probe.The experimental results show that the frictional pressure drop of single-phase flow through the bed can be predicted by the Ergun equation, if the area mean diameter of the particles is chosen in the calculation. Given the so-determined effective particle diameter, the estimation of the Reed model for two-phase flow pressure gradient in the bed has a good agreement with the experimental data. The characteristics of the local void fraction can be used to predict flow pattern and mean void fraction. It is observed that slug flow prevails when the mean void fraction is <0.5, whereas annular flow dominates after the mean void fraction is >0.7. If the effective particle diameter is further used as an influential parameter in flow pattern identification, the observed flow regimes of two-phase flow in porous media are well predicted by the existing flow pattern map.