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Nuclear Reactor Skill Course I.- Basic nuclear skills

1)    Motivation

The “Nuclear Reactor Skill Course I. – Basic nuclear skills” is a one week course focussing on the practical aspects of basic nuclear skills: working in a reactor environment, handling radioactive isotopes, carrying out measurements with nuclear detectors, measuring dose rate and analysing radiation emitted by samples irradiated in the reactor.

2)    General data

Venue:                            Training Reactor, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME)

Total course duration: 5 working days

Course Schedule:

  • Autumn semester: 2011.11.07-2011.11.12
  • Spring semester: 2012.03.19-2012.03.24

Course structure:          5 practical sessions (4 x 45 minutes each),

6 data evaluation/reporting/test sessions (3 x 45 minutes each)

Number of Participants: 4 per group, minimum 1 full group required for course to start

Course fee: EUR2000 / person

Contact Person: Dr. David Legrady

3)    Course Contents

Practical session name

Session content keywords

Learning outcomes

Neutron and Gamma dose rate measurements

(4x45 minutes practical, 3x45 minutes data evaluation and reporting)

gamma dosimeter calibration, neutron shielding, BF3 neutron counter tube, reactor power vs. dose

 

  •  calibration of gamma dosimeters
  •  measuring gamma dose
  •  operation of neutron dosimeters
  •  calibration of neutron dosimeters
  • measurement of neutron dose in a reactor
  • design neutron shielding
  • assemble neutron shielding

Neutron Activation Analysis

(4x45 minutes practical, 3x45 minutes data evaluation and reporting)

reactor as a neutron source, material analysis, HPGe detectors, gamma spectrometry

 

  •  measuring activation of materials in a reactor
  • irradiating sample in a reactor
  • identification of isotopes based on NAA
  • handling highly active samples
  • predicting activation in a reactor

Gas filled detectors

(4x45 minutes practical, 3x45 minutes data evaluation and reporting)

charged particles, proportional counters, GM-tubes

 

  •  measuring with gas filled detectors in every operational conditions (proportional, Geiger-Müller etc.)
  • correcting for dead time
  • interpreting direct signals of gas filled detectors

Scintillation detectors and gamma spectrometry

(4x45 minutes practical, 3x45 minutes data evaluation and reporting)

semiconductor detectors, HPGe, gamma, spectroscopy

 

  • measuring with simple scintillation detectors (NaI, CsI)
  • measuring with high purity semiconductor detectors
  •           evaluating gamma spectra

Neutron detectors

(4x45 minutes practical, 3x45 minutes data evaluation and reporting)

scintillation chambers, gas filled detectors, scintillators, fission chambers

 

  •  measuring with proportional counter
  • measurement with ionisation chambers
  • measuring with fission chambers
  • safely handling Pu-Be neutron sources
  • constructing nuclear electronics setups using NIM modules