Advanced Experimental Reactor Physics

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

The course is focused on advanced experimental methods used in determination of neutron-physical and operational parameters of nuclear reactors. Attention is paid mainly to methods focused on determination of microscopic theory parameters, determination of reactor power, measurement of reactivity in deep subcritical states, determination of reactor kinetic parameters, determination of reactor transfer function and study of Cherenkov radiation in nuclear reactor. Lec-tures devote to the theoretical basis for methods of measurement of microscopic theory parameters, determination of reactor power at low or zero power reactors, application of noise analysis and pulsed neutron source methods, measure-ment of transfer function and detection of Cherenkov radiation in nuclear reactor. The lectures are complemented by the laboratory exercises at the VR-1 training reactor to show the students the practical application of the mentioned methods at the real nuclear facility.

Syllabus of lectures:

1.Methods for determination of microscopic theory parameters

2.Methods for determination of reactor power

3.Noise analysis methods

4.Pulsed neutron source methods

5.Reactor transfer function and its determination

6.Cherenkov radiation in nuclear reactor

Syllabus of tutorials:

1.Determination of selected components of the four-factor formula at the VR-1 reactor

2.Determination of the absolute VR-1 reactor power

3.Application of noise analysis method for determination of VR-1 reactor kinetics parameters

4.Measurement of reactivity in deep subcritical states of the VR-1 reactor by pulsed neutron source method

5.Measurement of the VR-1 reactor transfer function

6.Detection of Cherenkov radiation at the VR-1 reactor

7.Presentation of exercises results

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Key references:

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

[2]Misawa T., Unesaki H., Peyon Ch.: Nuclear Physics Experiments, Kyoto University Press, 2010, ISBN: 978-487698951

[3]Lamarsh J.R., Baratta A.J.: Introduction to Nuclear Engineering. London: Pearson, 2017. ISBN 978-0134570051

Recommended references:

[4]Knoll G. F.: Radiation Detection and Measurement. 4th ed., New York: Wiley & Sons Ltd, 2012, 860 s. ISBN 978-1-118-02691-5

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