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Visit to Romanian Research Centre

last modified Jan 16, 2018 08:33 AM

The Nuclear Energy Students enjoyed their visit to a Nuclear Research Centre in Romania during early December 2017.

Some of the feedback included:

"It was a unique practical learning experience, re-inforcing concepts covered in class and it was a chance to witness part of the fuel assembly process.  Fantastic opportunity to also engage with the internal nuclear community and explore Romanian culture!  Would highly recommend this trip!"

"Being able to visit a research institute and witness the pulsing of a TRIGA reactor is probably a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  In addition, the knowledge acquired - from the intricacies involved in producing a CANDU fuel bundle to looking at how a material deforms under stress - are details that textbooks often do not include."

"I found the Romania visit to be an incredible and unique opportunity to learn, simultaneously, about reactor physics and foreign nuclear industries. The experience of seeing Cherenkov radiation made the science jump out of the text book and into a tangible reality. The visit helped to cement much of my knowledge. One of the most memorable experiences I have had of the industry to date."

"I entered the field of nuclear energy with the understanding that a lot of our work is modeling and analysis of data. After four months of reactor engineering and physics, I was amazed and in awe of the passion and enthusiasm our Professors had for the material they were teaching. To me, I was simply reading textbooks and highlighting notes. However, when we embarked on our course trip to Romania, I finally understood where that enthusiasm derived from. Seeing both the pulse and steady state cores through 10 meters of water and being surrounded by like minds who are researching relevant and important topics like the irradiation of fuel pellets or the reaction of cladding to a peak in power was one of the most invaluable experiences I've had since coming to Cambridge. With the Course Director, Eugene Shwageraus, and his passionate demeanor towards our experiments and the Course Administrator with her ability to flawlessly coordinate, we couldn't have had a better trip."

"The Romania trip was a great experience, not only did it give us a chance to bond with each other as a class, but with department staff and industry professionals alike. The opportunity to see everything we have been learning in practice, from fuel production to reactor operation, provides a unique learning experience that one would struggle to find anywhere else."

"The course trip to Romania was a great experience to appreciate real applications to some of the topics that had been covered in the course. Being shown a working reactor and the fuel production line up close by knowledgeable staff allowed me to greatly improve my understanding of how nuclear research is undertaken."


4th Year Project Deadlines

29th May 2019
Each student submits two copies of Final report plus an extra copy of their technical abstract, plus their log book or electronic equivalent to Group Centres by 4pm.


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