The reactor is principally used for training of students from technological universities. Training is focused on areas such as reactor physics, neutronics, dosimetry, nuclear safety and I&C systems. Teaching blocks focusing on the 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 two to five days long. The specific content of the courses is compiled according to the requirements of the teachers 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: demonstration, standard, and extended. The demonstration level is intended for basic understanding of physical phenomenon, which is applied during the experiment and students are rather passive observers. In the standard level, students are already actively participating in the experiment, and independently evaluating acquired data. The extended level is designed for in-depth study of the issue and requires a deeper theoretical knowledge of students and their active participation in the preparation of measurements, during the experiment and interpretation of acquired values. 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 the follow-up experiments were merged into 2.5 to 3 hour blocks. Comprehensive courses are then compiled from these blocks.
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