The reactor is principally used to train students from technological universities. Training is focused on areas such as reactor physics, neutronics, dosimetry, nuclear safety and I&C systems. Teaching modules focusing on environmental protection are prepared especially for students of natural science and pedagogy. The reactor, as a specialized training facility of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, is open not only to students of the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering, but also to students of other universities in the Czech Republic.
Depending on the curriculum and orientation of individual faculties, the training is performed in the regular weekly schedule or in the form of batch courses of two to five days long. The specific content of the courses is compiled according to the requirements of the professors from various faculties.
Currently, over 25 experiments are carried out at the reactor. The most frequent experiments are the following:
The less frequent, specialized experiments aiming at selected analytical methods for the environment protection, the accelerator driven systems or extended experimental courses of digital control systems are the following:
Most of the experiments are available in three levels:
A chosen phenomenon or process is often analysed using several different approaches or conditions. For example, measurement of delayed neutrons is carried out using a sample of EK-10 fuel element in precisely defined irradiation and measuring conditions. In the extended level, especially for FNSPE students, the measurement is, in addition, carried out with the sample of uranium ore (pitchblende) and with depleted uranium foils. It shows the possibility of fissile isotopes identification in "natural specimens". Textbooks, methodological instructions, functional diagrams, forms for measured values, etc., are available for all frequently performed experimental tasks.
In most universities in the Czech Republic the number of curricula subjects increased in the nineties, while the number of teaching hours remained the same. This brought about a change in our organization of experiments.The total number of experiments has remained the same, while the time of measurements has been reduced, so that related and follow-up experiments were merged into 2.5 to 3 hour blocks. Comprehensive courses are then compiled from these blocks.
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