Enrollment into the program.

# Experimental reactor physiscs

Exercises are provided at the training reactor. Each exercise consists of practical (individual) experimental work and theoretical introduction. Reactor instrumentation with reactivity meter is used to perform all the measurements and exercises.

Basic knowledge of reactor physics, kinetics and radiation detection is required to perform all the exercises. A set of exercises is chosen to match the measurements that are necessary for the operation of a nuclear reactor (including nuclear power plant).

The following exercises are performed:

subcritical multiplication and approach to the critical state

measurement of asymptotic periods and reactivity

response to a step change in the reactivity

calibration of control rod

measurement of the temperature coefficient of reactivity

measurement of the void reactivity coefficient

effect of Xe on reactivity

primary water activation

power profile measurement

pulse experiment

reactor operation

measurement of the fuel element worth

A.Trkov in L. Snoj, Navodila za vaje

Performing experiments at the training reactor TRIGA in order to strengthen the knowledge of reactor physics and to gain experience in leading and performing experiments on a nuclear reactor.

Knowledge and understanding:

Understanding the operation of nuclear reactor and basic principles of measurement of reactor physical parameters.

Application:

To get the knowledge for performing measurements during the operation of nuclear reactors.

Reflection:

Understanding of the theory and practical experience, critical evaluation of the agreement between the theoretical principles and practical behavior.

Transferable skills:

The use of radiation detectors and nuclear instrumentation.

Individual experimental work according to written instructions and under the control of the lab leader.

Grading of written reports

Grading of oral report on exercises

grading: 5 (fail), 6-10 (pass) (according to the Statute of UL)

Andrej Trkov:

1) TRKOV, Andrej, ŽEROVNIK, Gašper, DESTOUCHES, Christophe, BOURGANEL, Stephane, GREGOIRE, G., GIRARD, Jean Michel. Self-shielding factor calculations of heterogeneous samples in activation measurements for neutron spectrum unfolding. Nucl. Eng. Des.. [Print ed.], 2012, vol. 246, str. 69-74.

2) SNOJ, Luka, TRKOV, Andrej, JAĆIMOVIĆ, Radojko, ROGAN, Petra, ŽEROVNIK, Gašper, RAVNIK, Matjaž. Analysis of neutron flux distribution for the validation of the computational methods for the optimization of research reactor utilization. Appl. radiat. isotopes. [Print ed.], 2011, vol. 69, issue 1, str. 136-141.

3) TRKOV, Andrej, CAPOTE, R., SOUKHOVITSKII, E., LEAL, L.C., SIN, M., KODELI, Ivan Aleksander, MUIR, D.W.đ. Covariances of evaluated nuclear cross section data for [sup]232Th, [sup]180,[sup]182,[sup]183,[sup]184,[sup]186W and [sup]55Mn. Nucl. data sheets (N.Y. N.Y.), 2011, iss. 12, vol. 112, str. 3098-3119.

Luka Snoj

1) SNOJ, Luka, TRKOV, Andrej, RAVNIK, Matjaž, ŽEROVNIK, Gašper. Testing of cross section libraries on zirconium benchmarks. Ann. nucl. energy. [Print ed.], 2012, vol. 42, str. 71-79.

2) SNOJ, Luka, ŽEROVNIK, Gašper, TRKOV, Andrej. Computational analysis of irradiation facilities at the JSI TRIGA reactor. Appl. radiat. isotopes., 2012, vol. 70, str. 483-488.

3) JET EFDA Contributors, SNOJ, Luka, TRKOV, Andrej, LENGAR, Igor, POPOVICHEV, Sergei, CONROY, S., SYME, B. Calculations to support JET neutron yield calibration : Neutron scattering in source holder. Fusion eng. des.., 2012, iss. 11, vol. 87, str. 1846-1852.]