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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.
Peiwei Sun, Jin Jiang
Nuclear Technology | Volume 180 | Number 3 | December 2012 | Pages 399-421
Technical Paper | Special Issue on the Initial Release of MCNP6 / Thermal Hydraulics | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NT12-A15352
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In this paper, a dynamic model of the Canadian supercritical water-cooled reactor (SCWR) is developed to examine its dynamics for potential control system design and analysis. The model development is based on fundamental mass, energy, and momentum conservation equations of major components within the Canadian SCWR operating at supercritical condition. A full set of nonlinear dynamic equations is first derived, from which linearized models are obtained. The linearized models are validated against the full-order nonlinear models in both time domain and frequency domain. The open-loop dynamic characteristics of the Canadian SCWR are investigated through extensive simulations. Steady-state and dynamic couplings among different inputs and outputs are examined using relative gain array and Nyquist plots, and adequate input-output pairings are identified. Cross-coupling at different operating conditions is also evaluated to illustrate the nonlinear behaviors of the system. The developed dynamic model provides a necessary platform for systematic investigation in the control system design and analysis of the Canadian SCWR.