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[en] This paper discusses the role of low power critical facilities and their role in the nuclear renaissance. It outline the role of human capital in some detail. sufficient conditions for the renaissance are that nuclear power is safe, sustainable, economical and proliferation resistant.
[en] This paper discusses the McMaster University Nuclear Reactor Facility. It provides details of this facility, its history, its educational role in a University environment and plans for the future.
[en] From its inception in 1946, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has worked closely with low-power critical facilities and small reactors in Canada, both as the regulator and as an end-user of the experimental results these facilities have provided. In this paper we discuss the regulator's perspective on the history of these facilities, why these facilities are important for the regulator, the current approach to licensing of small reactors and some thoughts on the future.
[en] Defect fuel pencils result in short, medium and long term consequences to the environment within and external to the nuclear power station. The paper will describe these consequences and specify the Defect Fuel Management Practices required to avoid these consequences.
[en] In the last two years we trained two new operators for the SLOWPOKE reactor at Ecole Polytechnique. In this paper we describe how the training program for these operators was designed. We also discuss the shortcomings that were identified in the program and the modifications it required when being put in use.
[en] In 2001, the Royal Military College of Canada replaced its aging analogue SLOWPOKE-2 reactor control system with a digital control system. The system was successfully commissioned and has provided a renewed platform for student learning and research. An upgrade to the digital control and instrumentation system has been completed and will be installed in October 2010. The upgrade includes new computer hardware, updated software and a simulation and training system that will enhance training, education and research by licensed operators, students and researchers.
[en] We present a 2-D transport model for the reactor compatible with the latest release of the code DRAGON. This model is then used to evaluate the spatial self-shielding effect in irradiation samples having high neutron absorption cross sections. Comparisons with neutron activation analysis measurements are also performed.
[en] Rensselaer's senior level undergraduate nuclear engineering course 'Critical Reactor Laboratory' is highly regarded and much loved. If you can get in, that is. But now it's a required course, nuclear engineering enrollment is up, and others are knocking on our door to get in. How might one offer such a unique course to the masses, without losing the whole point of a laboratory experience? This presentation looks at the costs and benefits of the transition to a 'blended learning' mode -- the merging of traditional, face-to-face instruction and web-based instruction as a solution. As part of the presentation, the course and the facility will be highlighted by short excepts from the 50 minute movie 'Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Neutron Chain Reactions (but were afraid to ask)'.