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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.
Jinho Song, Changwook Huh, Namduk Suh
Nuclear Technology | Volume 178 | Number 3 | June 2012 | Pages 258-266
Technical Paper | Reactor Safety | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NT12-A13592
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
Weaknesses of the current Severe Accident Management Guideline (SAMG) in handling the cooling of a molten core are discussed, and three improvements for the SAMG are presented. It is suggested that instrumentation to detect either a breach of the reactor vessel or a discharge of corium into the reactor cavity is essential to effectively perform the SAMG. A detailed analysis for a specific plant is necessary to make a decision as to whether preflooding or postflooding should be initiated for effective molten core cooling. Also, an optimal choice of depressurization capacity not only would significantly delay failure of the reactor vessel but also would increase the coolability margin of the molten corium in a reactor cavity. Analyses using the MELCOR computer code were performed for the Ulchin Units 1 and 2 and Kori Unit 1 nuclear power plants to illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed improvements in cooling of the molten core in the reactor cavity, where in-vessel retention of molten corium by preflooding is not feasible.