The expected audience for this training consists of designated, certified or licensed reactor operators, operator trainees and regulators with some experience in nuclear reactor facilities and operations. The material is specifically directed at TRIGA fuelled reactor facilities and should only be used as information by other facilities. The unique characteristics of the TRIGA fuel (such as pulsing capabilities) are not generally applicable to other fuels (i.e. MTR reactors).

The material is divided in four modules

     
     
     

The module on TRIGA REACTOR CHARACTERISTICS describes the general design, characteristics and parameters of TRIGA reactors and fuel. Much of this information should be incorporated into any reactor operator training program and, in many cases, the facility Safety Analysis Report.

The module on PHYSICS AND KINETICS OF TRIGA REACTORS is written as an introduction to reactor physics for reactor operators. It assumes the reader has a basic, fundamental knowledge of physics, materials and mathematics. The objective is to provide enough reactor theory knowledge to safely operate a typical research reactor.

The module on TRIGA REACTOR MAIN SYSTEMS describes the main systems of low power ( < 2 MW) and higher power (  2 MW) TRIGA reactors. The most significant difference between the two are that forced reactor cooling and an emergency core cooling system are generally required for the higher power TRIGA reactors.

The module on IN-SERVICE INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE FOR LOW-POWER RESEARCH REACTORS may be used to extend the existing maintenance program to other, essential or non-essential facility systems. It may also provide guidance to those facilities that require an improved maintenance program.