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Fundamentals of Nuclear Criticality Safety Training
An Essential Two-Day Training Course for Criticality Safety
Course Description About This Course
The objective of nuclear criticality safety training is to ensure that fissile material is handled in such a way as to prevent criticality. This is done by understanding the physics of criticality and keeping the fissile materials always in subcritical conditions. These need to be maintained in both normal and non-normal conditions to protect the workers, the public and the environment.
A criticality safety program requires knowledgeable people, supportive management, and adequate resources.

Who Should Attend
Relevant scientists, chemists, physicists, program managers responsible for implementing, maintaining, monitoring, data validation specialists, and controlling quality of all aspects of a robust Criticality Safety Program.

Key Topics You'll Learn About
Attendees will learn about the nuclear properties of fissile materials, concepts of criticality, critical mass, impacts of moderators, reflectors, shapes, as they relate to assembling critical formations of fissile materials. These properties also will influence the design of storage facilities, shipping configurations, etc.  You'll also learn of the regulatory drivers involved, including the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (Recommendations 97-2 Continuation of Criticality Safety, and 93-2 The Need for Critical Experiment Capability), Defense Programs (DP-1) within the Department of Energy, DOE Office of Defense Programs (DP-10), the Nuclear Criticality Safety Program Management Team (NCSPMT), and others, such as the Criticality Safety Support Group (CSSG). You will also learn about Critical Experiments, Benchmarking, Nuclear Data, Analytical Methods, Information Preservation and Dissemination, Training and Qualification.

Top of PageProgram Agenda  *All courses are taught from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm each day
  • Fundamentals of Criticality
  • Critical masses, slow & fast neutrons, neutron absorption/fission cross-sections
  • Important factors leading to criticality
  • Detection of Criticality configurations in Experiments
  • Instrumentation Requirements
  • Analytical Methods/numerical codes & support groups
  • Training & Qualification: Requirements of safety practitioners
  • Support Groups & Agencies

Top of PageCost/Reservations
Cost for this course is $995.00 [U.S.] with All Proceeds going to the Radiochemistry Society. Space is extremely limited. In order to assure placement we encourage a prompt response.
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