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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.
Roger L. Martz
Nuclear Technology | Volume 180 | Number 3 | December 2012 | Pages 316-335
Technical Paper | Special Issue on the Initial Release of MCNP6 / Radiation Transport and Protection | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NT12-A15347
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Los Alamos National Laboratory Monte Carlo N-Particle transport code (MCNP) Version 6 (MCNP6) has been extended to include a new capability that permits tracking of neutrons and photons on an unstructured mesh that is embedded as a mesh universe within its constructive solid geometry capability. The mesh geometry is created through Abaqus/CAE using its solid modeling capabilities. MCNP transport results are calculated for mesh elements using a path length estimator while element-to-element tracking is performed on the mesh. The results from MCNP6 can be exported to Abaqus/CAE for visualization or other physics analysis. Three geometrically simple benchmark experiments were analyzed: Godiva, Osaka nickel sphere, and fusion neutron source vanadium cube. Computer run time is proportional to the number of mesh elements, element order, and element type specified in the input. Good agreement of our MCNP6 results with the measured neutron leakage for the nickel sphere and the measured neutron and gamma spectra from the vanadium assembly was observed.