Research Reactors

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17VYR ZK 2 2 Czech
Ľubomír Sklenka (guarantor)
Department of Nuclear Reactors

Course is devoted to research reactors and their applications for the need of research and industry. Students get familiar with research reactor types and their experimental programme along with experimental equipment needed for particular applications and their specifics.

The course is supported by technical visit to research reactor workplace.



Syllabus of lectures:

1. Introductory lecture

Scope: 1 lecture

introduction, research reactor in the world - overview, research reactor applications, specifics of research reactor operation, state supervision and research reactor, research reactors and IAEA documents, R&D - fundamental research, applied research, education and training, university education, lifelong learning

2. Research reactor types

Scope: 1 lecture

Research reactor types, research reactor applications - type of activities - active core / reactor component characteristics examination, reactor as a source of radiation (neutrons, gamma-rays, beta-rays, .); type of experiments - in-core and off-core experiments

3. Neutron activation analysis

Scope: 1 lecture

Neutron activation analysis - method principle, qualitative and quantitative NAA, NAA types - instrumental NAA (INNA), Cyclic instrumental NAA (CINNA), Epithermal instrumental NAA (EINNA), radiochemical NAA (RNNA), Pre-concentration NAA (PNNA), Derivative NAA (PNNA), prompt gamma NAA (PGNNA), delay gamma NAA (DGNNA), fields of NAA use, type of samples

4. Radioisotopes production

Scope: 1 lecture

Radioisotopes production - principle, applications in industry, medicine, agriculture, R&D

5. Neutron radiography

Scope: 1 lecture

Neutron radiography and tomography - principle, static radiography, motion radiography , real-time radiography, tomography,

6. Neutron capture therapy

Scope: 1 lecture

Neutron capture therapy (boron) - principle, applications

7. Material structure studies

Scope: 1 lecture

Material structure studies - concept of neutron scattering utilization (elastic and non-elastic), SANS method

8. Neutron transmutation

Scope: 1 lecture

silicon transmutation (doping), gemstone coloring, material irradiation- examination of material properties during ageing, principle of the method, practical applications, transmutation equipment design

9. Fuel and material testing

Scope: 1 lecture

Fuel and material testing - equipment development, testing and qualification. Fuel and material testing - ageing, corrosion, radiation effects, fuel and material qualification - temperature, pressure, radiation effects, development of new fuels and materials - fast reactors, high-temperature reactors, fusion, support of NPP operation - instrumentation tests, measurement methodologies

10. Nuclear data acquisition

Scope: 1 lecture

nuclear data - cross-section measurement, spallation reaction, fission yields, decay data, delayed neutrons

11. Other research reactor applications

Scope: 1 lecture

geochronology - samples dating, argon geochronology, fission track geochronology / U-Th geochronology, reactor as a source of positrons

12. Research reactor applications in praxis

Scope: 2 lectures

Technical visit of selected research reactor with emphasis on its utilization

Syllabus of tutorials:
Study Objective:

Knowledge: detailed knowledge of research reactor types and their potential use for research and industry.

Abilities: orientation in the matter, application of obtained knowledge in other courses in the field of construction and use of research reactors.

Study materials:

Key references:

Utilization Related Design Features of Research Reactors: A Compendium, Technical Report Series, IAEA-TSR-455, IAEA, Vienna, 2007

Recommended references:

The applications of research reactors, IAEA-TecDoc-1234, IAEA, Vienna, 2001

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The course is a part of the following study plans:
Data valid to 2019-06-18
For updated information see http://bilakniha.cvut.cz/en/predmet1906906.html