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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.
Hesham R. Nasif, Fukuzo Masuda, Hidetsugu Morota, Hitomasa Iida, Satoshi Sato, Chikara Konno
Nuclear Technology | Volume 180 | Number 1 | October 2012 | Pages 89-102
Technical Paper | Radiation Protection | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NT12-A14521
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GEOMIT is a computer-aided design (CAD)/MCNP conversion interface code. It was developed to automatically generate Monte Carlo geometrical data from CAD data due to the difference in the representation scheme. GEOMIT is capable of importing as well as exporting different CAD formats. GEOMIT has the capability to produce solid cells as well as void cells without using the complement operator. While loading the CAD shapes (solids), each shape is assigned a material number and density according to its color on the original CAD data. A shape fixing process has been applied to cure the errors in the CAD data. Vertex location correctness is evaluated first, and then a removal of free edges and removal of small faces processes. A binary space portioning tree technique is used to automatically split complicated solids into simpler cells to avoid excessively complicated cells to allow MCNP to run faster. MCNP surfaces are subjected to an automatic reduction before creating the model. CAD data of the ITER benchmark model have been converted successfully to MCNP geometrical input. MCNP input model validations have been carried out by checking lost particles and comparing volumes calculated by MCNP to those of the original CAD data. Different test cases have been evaluated for ITER, including blanket first wall heat loading calculations, surface fluxes, and volume fluxes at different divertor regions as well as toroidal field coil heating.