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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.
S. Chatzidakis, A. Ikonomopoulos, S. E. Day
Nuclear Technology | Volume 177 | Number 1 | January 2012 | Pages 119-131
Technical Paper | Thermal Hydraulics | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NT12-A13332
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This study presents numerical modeling of the SPERT-IV D-12/25 tests, a series of reactivity insertion, self-limiting, transients for a variety of coolant flow conditions. The PARET-ANL code is used to simulate the system response under these reactivity-initiated accident conditions and estimate the measured damage-indicating parameters - including the cladding temperature - using three departure from nucleate boiling (DNB) correlations, namely, those of Tong, Mirshak, and Bernath. The main objective of this sensitivity analysis is to identify, through performance measures, the DNB correlation influence on the prediction of the transient behavior. It appears that for reactivity insertions >1.20 $, the predicted transient behavior varies significantly depending on the applied DNB correlation. In addition, this study discusses the degree of conservatism introduced by each DNB correlation in the peak clad temperature estimates.