Hands-on training session at CROCUS


31st May – 2nd June 2021
The course starts at 9:00 on 31st May and ends at 13:00 on 2nd June.


Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Laboratory for Reactor Physics and Systems behaviour
CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

Deadline for registration

Registration is now closed.


Vincent Lamirand – vincent.lamirand@epfl.ch

Course fee

The course is free of charge. Participants have nevertheless to cover their own expenses (travel, food, and accommodation). Given the sanitary situation, we strongly encourage participants to purchase refundable travel tickets.

Course theme

The overall objective of the course focuses on experiments for reactor kinetics, from basic principles to advanced measurement techniques using noise analysis. Hence the course will be split into successive sessions, starting with visit and practicalities.

Learning objective

The intention is to provide a practical understanding of the kinetics driving a nuclear reactor through hands-on training. Thus, the course will cover the concepts of criticality, kinetics parameters, zero power transfer function, and noise analysis, as well as basics in radiation detection, radiation protection, and reactor operation.

Programme/Structure of the 3-days course:

The course is structured around experiments distributed over the 3 days, each of them split between introduction, hands-on, and analysis, namely:

  • Introduction and visit of the facilities
  • Approach to critical
  • Reactor stable period and rod drop
  • Branching neutron noise
  • Power calibration
  • Induced neutron noise
Maximum number of participants:

Following the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the course is limited to 4 participants.

Important practical information

Participants of the course have to respect the rules applicable in the controlled area, and will be instructed on the first day of the course.

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