Critical Experiment

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17KEX KZ 4 1P+3L Czech
Garant předmětu:
Jan Rataj
Ondřej Huml, Jan Rataj
Ondřej Huml, Jan Rataj
Department of Nuclear Reactors

The course presents a semesterly project focusing on design and assembling a new core configuration of the VR-1 reactor.

The lectures devote to the requirements for the core configuration of the VR-1 reactor, methods and range of neutron-physical characteristics determination, legislative requirements for a critical experiment performed at the research reactor, required documentation, procedure of the critical experiment. The lectures are complemented by practical exercises devoted to the design and selection of the core configuration for critical experiment, determination of neutron-physical characteristics, preparation of the experiment program and the training of manipulations preformed during the experiment. The main practical part of the course is devoted to the critical experiment during which the students build and experimentally verify new core configuration of the VR-1 reactor. At the end, the students will process experimental data obtained during the experiment, perform their evaluation and prepare a document presenting the results of the experiment.

Syllabus of lectures:

1.Basic requirements for the core configurations of the VR-1 reactor

2.Legislative requirements for critical experiment

3.Neutron-physical and operating characteristics of the VR-1 reactor core configuration

4.Procedure of the critical experiment

Syllabus of tutorials:

1.Design of the core configuration

2.Determination of the neutron-physical and operating characteristics of the VR-1 reactor core configuration

3.Preparation and development of the experiment program

4.Training of manipulations performing during the experiment at the VR-1 reactor

5.Critical experiment at the VR-1 reactor

6.Preparation and development of the report about the critical experiment realization.

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Study materials:

Key references:

[1]Rataj J., Bílý T., Frýbort J., Heraltová L., Huml O., Kropík M., Sklenka Ľ.: Reactor Physics Course at VR-1 Reactor, ČVUT, Prague, 2014, ISBN: 978-8001055014

[2]Czech Republic: Act No. 263/2016 Coll – Atomic Atc, 2016

Recommended references:

[3]Regulations related to the Atomic Act

[4]Operating and management system procedures of the VR-1 reactor

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