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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.
Y. F. Chen, Y. F. Chiou, S. J. Chang, S. H. Jiang, R. J. Sheu
Nuclear Technology | Volume 182 | Number 2 | May 2013 | Pages 224-234
Regular Technical Paper | Special Issue on the Symposium on Radiation Effects in Ceramic Oxide and Novel LWR Fuels / Radiation Transport and Protection | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NT13-A16432
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Surface dose rate distribution over a spent nuclear fuel dry storage cask was realistically evaluated using the MONACO with Automated Variance Reduction using Importance Calculations (MAVRIC) computational sequence in the SCALE6 code system, with special emphasis on the effects of detailed modeling on the source term and cask geometry. The first storage cask in Taiwan has been fabricated and will be ready for loading of the designated spent fuels from Taiwan Power Company's first nuclear power plant. A test run is scheduled for 2013.Neutron and gamma-ray source terms of the first batch of 56 spent fuels were determined one by one according to their specifications, burnup histories, and cooling times. The geometry of the cask was modeled in detail including the prescribed loading pattern of 56 spent fuels in the canister. MAVRIC was modified to allow specification of the source intensity and the axial distribution for each fuel bundle, and this resulted in a factor of 3 difference in the calculated surface dose rates from fuel gammas. The main purpose for such comprehensive and detailed modeling was to compare the results with a simplified model and to predict a dose rate distribution as realistically as possible in preparation for making a high-quality comparison with field measurements. In addition to checking assumptions adopted in the safety analysis report, the results of this study can provide useful guidance for the preparation of a health physics program during the test run and, more importantly, pave the way for establishing a valuable benchmark problem.