Nuclear Reactor Measurements and Applications (BME)

Nuclear Reactor Measurements and Applications (BME)


24.09.2024 – 27.09.2024 (4 working days)


Training Reactor / Institute of Nuclear Techniques (NTI), Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary


Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), Hungary, under the management of the European Nuclear Experimental Educational Platform (ENEEP) and in cooperation with the European Nuclear Educational Network (ENEN)




To consolidate the theoretical understanding of the fundamental aspects of reactor physics and dynamics through measurements and hands-on experience. To demonstrate measurement methods for various quantities, such as neutron flux, control rod calibration and rod worth, and reactor operation with thermal feedback. To demonstrate a safe method to approach criticality, applicable in power rectors as well. To demonstrate neutron activation analysis as an important reactor application technique. To emphasize different safety aspects of reactor operation by working in a real nuclear environment.

Participants’ qualifications:

The course is aimed at students in master's degree programs and early Ph.D. studying nuclear engineering as the major curriculum. It is also suitable for students studying various major engineering curricula such as power engineering, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering with future assignments in various nuclear curricula. Young professionals of NPPs or other nuclear-related industrial companies and regulatory bodies are also welcome.

Course program:

  • Tuesday, 24.09.2024
    • Welcome, course opening, pre-test
    • Theoretical lectures, technical visit of the BME Training reactor
    • Reactor exercise I - Critical experiment
      • How to achieve criticality in a safe manner
  • Wednesday, 25.09.2024
    • Reactor exercise II - Determination of the spatial distribution of thermal neutron flux in the reactor core
      • Application of the activation method
    • Reactor exercise III - Reactor operation
      • Thermal feedback effects
  • Thursday, 26.09.2024
    • Reactor exercise IV - Control rod calibration
    • Reactor exercise V - Neutron activation exercise
      • what can you use a small reactor for?
  • Friday, 27.09.2023
    • Teamwork and presentation of achieved results
    • Take-aways, Post-test, Collection of feedback

Course directors:

Szabolcs Czifrus (BME)

Contact person:

Szabolcs Czifrus (BME)

András Horváth (BME)

Jakub Lüley (ENEEP)

Course fee, fellowship:

The course fee for participants from non-EU countries or non-eligible ENEN countries is 1,000 € without TAX. The course fee includes course materials, full access to all exercises, and online tutoring before and after the course. The course fee does not include accommodation, per diem, or transportation of the participants.

Participants from ENEN-eligible countries (please see the ENEN2plus mobility manual.) are encouraged to apply for the travel grant covering:

  • Course fee: 500 €
  • Travel lump sum: 350 €
  • Per diem: 350 €

The maximum number of granted participants is 10 and the minimum number of total participants to open a course is 8. In case the number of eligible applications exceeds the maximum number defined for the course, an extra course might be opened.

Application deadline:

May 31, 2024, 23.59 CET

Application Procedure:

To apply to the course, the applicant should fill in the ENEEP APPLICATION FORM and submit the following documents:

  • filled-in application form,
  • curriculum vitae,
  • motivation letter

The ENEEP evaluation committee will inform all applicants about the results of the application procedure by June 20, 2024, at 23.59 CET.

In the next step, the selected participants shall apply for the ENEN2plus MOBILITY GRANT, provided through the ENEN2plus project. The application for the grant should be in line with the conditions stated in the ENEN2plus mobility manual. After meeting the conditions of the mobility manual, the participants selected through the ENEEP application procedure will be automatically granted. The deadline for the ENEN2plus mobility grant is July 12, 2024, at 23.59 CET.


This event has been partially supported by the ENEN2plus project (HORIZON-EURATOM-2021-NRT-01-13 101061677) founded by the European Union