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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.
P. Balestra, C. Parisi, A. Alfonsi, C. Rabiti
Nuclear Technology | Volume 193 | Number 1 | January 2016 | Pages 175-182
Technical Paper | Special Issue on the RELAP5-3D Computer Code | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NT14-138
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ENEA “Casaccia” Research Center is collaborating with Idaho National Laboratory performing activities devoted to the validation of the Parallel and Highly Innovative Simulation for INL Code System (PHISICS) neutron simulation code. In such framework, the AER-DYN-002 and AER-DYN-003 control rod (CR) ejection benchmarks were used to validate the coupled codes RELAP5-3D/PHISICS.
The AER-DYN-002 benchmark provides a test case of a CR ejection accident in a VVER-440 at hot-zero-power and end-of-cycle conditions assuming an adiabatic fuel and taking into account only the fuel temperature feedback. The AER-DYN-003 benchmark is based on the same problem; however, the moderator density feedback and the coolant heat removal are also considered. A RELAP5-3D core channel-by-channel, thermal-hydraulic nodalization was developed and coupled, first with the RELAP5-3D internal neutronic routine NESTLE and then with the PHISICS code. Analysis of the AER-DYN-002 results shows that the steady-state solutions are in good agreement with the other participants’ average solution, while some differences are shown in the transient simulations. In the AER-DYN-003 benchmark, however, both steady-state and transient results are in good agreement with the average solution.