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  • Gentle | Graduate and Executive Nuclear Training and Lifelong Education
    me Register for courses now Nuclear Data Course Nuclear Safeguards Security Course Home The GENTLE project is a pan European effort in the field of education and training E T on Nuclear Energy It brings together leading European academic and research institutions with the goal to set up a life long learning programme strongly supported by stakeholders from industry Upcoming Courses Professional Education Opportunities Student Opportunities Funded by the European

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  • About | Gentle
    Group on Education Training and Knowledge Management ETKM of the Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform SNETP recognised the risks of loss of nuclear knowledge if no measures are taken and stressed the need for involvement and cooperation between key public and private organisations and stakeholders in the field of Training and Education 4 In response several higher education organisations in the European Union and associated countries have initiated Master of Science degrees in either nuclear science or nuclear technology or nuclear oriented specialisation within other programmes during the last decades They offer a wide scope of courses and training in the nuclear field for the MSc graduates However they have limited opportunities for working with radioactive materials in practical quantities and are thus generally lacking the possibility of specialisation in tracks strongly related to the nuclear fuel cycle for which the handling of nuclear materials is required Because of these specific infrastructure needs nuclear education and training has not been the domain of the academic institutions alone in contrast to other fields of science and technology The knowledge and capabilities of handling nuclear materials is traditionally concentrated in national and international research facilities that have the appropriate infrastructure ensuring the high level of safety and security required As a result nuclear education and training have been the combined effort of universities and inter national laboratories in many countries The role of the European Commission in this context was defined in the Euratom Treaty Rome 1957 in which it is explicitly mentioned that The Commission shall be responsible for promoting and facilitating nuclear research in the Member States and for complementing it by carrying out a Community research and training programme In the light of this the GENTLE Coordination and Support Action a joint effort by leading academic and research institutions in Europe is proposed in the frame of the Euratom Fission Training Schemes to coordinate an E T programme in the field of nuclear fission technology The members of the consortium will jointly contribute to the overall objective to create a sustainable lifelong E T programme in the field of Nuclear Fission Technology that meets the needs of the European stakeholders from industry research and technical safety organisations Improvement of the educational efforts in Europe will be realised by effective collaboration and coordination within the GENTLE consortium dialogue with key stakeholders the employers and integration of the activities with other European E T efforts Specifically the GENTLE project aims at the successful implementation of the following joint E T tools Student research projects SRPs to facilitate students from the participating universities to get hands on experience in Europe s unique and specialised laboratories and participate to cutting edge research and student internships SIs in research and industry increasing the value of the students curriculum significantly Intersemester courses for graduate and post graduate students on special industry related topics which will be provided by academics and specialists from research and industry An executive master course for young professionals working in among

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  • Photos | Gentle
    courses Contact Username Password Remember me Register for courses now Nuclear Data Course Nuclear Safeguards Security Course Photos GENTLE project participants and stakeholders attending the GENTLE Mid Term Meeting with the European Commission 19 March 2015 Brussels Belgium GENTLE project

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  • Network | Gentle
    the JRC addresses key societal challenges while stimulating innovation through developing new methods tools and standards and sharing its know how with the Member States the scientific community and international partners Official Website INE Description INR Description The Institute for Nuclear Waste Disposal Institut fuer Nukleare Entsorgung INE belongs to the newly founded Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT a fusion between the Karlsruhe Research Center of the German Helmholtz Association and the University of Karlsruhe INE research activities focus on the geochemical aspects of the long term safety of nuclear waste disposal Sound expertise and state of the art advanced analytical techniques are available for actinide speciation and geochemistry investigation of actinide migration as well as research into partitioning and the vitrification of high level liquid waste Official Website Full Description The Technical University of Madrid UPM was founded in 1971 through the integration of the Higher Technical Schools which up until then made up the Higher Technical Institutes As set out in its statures the Technical University of Madrid has among its objectives the creation development transmission and criticism of science technology and culture To this end it also works from its Institutes and Research Centres assimilating the changes taking place in out society and maintaining its vocation for excellence which is why it has both national and international recognition The Technical University of Madrid holds double recognition as a Campus of International Excellence a distinction that refers to the quality of its research and teaching activity Official Website SCK CEN is one of the largest research centres in Belgium In this section you will find general information about the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre the organisation chart and the governing and advisory bodies Our mission organisation profile and most important research domains and research facilities are described The procedures for access control are explained You can consult the career opportunities and the contact data of our employees Additionally there s our company movie and the history of SCK CEN Official Website The University of Manchester is the largest single site university in the UK with almost two thirds of research ranked by the last Research Assessment Exercise as world leading or internationally excellent Twenty five Nobel Prize winners have worked or studied there And more than nine out of ten of our graduates go straight into employment or continued studies The University of Manchester is ranked 40th in the world seventh in Europe and fifth in the UK in the 2012 Shanghai Jiao Tong World Ranking What s more the university is well underway with the biggest investment in facilities undertaken by any UK university with 600 million spent so far and a further 1 billion to follow by 2022 Official Website The Paul Scherrer Institute PSI is the largest research centre for natural and engineering sciences within Switzerland with its research activities concentrated on three main subject areas Matter and Material Energy and the Environment and Health The PSI develops constructs and operates complex large scale research facilities

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  • Student Research Funding | Gentle
    project The goal is to provide the applicant the possibility to perform experimental research on real nuclear materials focussing on the understanding of basic phenomena related to material behaviour or process technology the development of analytical methods or measurement of fundamental physical chemical or material properties The duration of the SREs can be up to 24 months The selection criteria for SREs are scientific quality of the proposed work availability of equipment staff and materials at the hosting laboratory training benefit to the applicant and impact on the field Interested students can either apply for pre defined SRE or create themselves SRE proposals within the general research areas of the GENTLE partners In the latter case a contact between the applicant and a potential supervisor in the host institution will be created if not yet existing by the Selection Committee In both cases interested students will apply by using the standard application form Direct self conceived proposals of SRE contents and objectives by the applicants are strongly encouraged and preferred as one important selection criterion It should be mentioned that the granting of the SRE project is of course subjected to the outcome of security and medical evaluation at the hosting organisation General Research Areas SRE Openings Application Form to be sent to applications gentleproject eu Proposals can be submitted by students from the participating organisations They should be sent to Mrs Petra Strube at the Joint Research Centre Institute for Transuranium Elements applications gentleproject eu using the submission template and should be accompanied by a short CV of the applicant and a letter of motivation Rules The following rules for the SRE s apply The minimum of stay of students within GENTLE SREs should be 1 month the maximum is 24 Months Candidates belonging to partner as well as

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  • Student Research Experience Openings | Gentle
    to reduce background contributions for low rate neutron counting applications The shield consists of plastic scintillator acting as a veto detector When the intelligent shield detects muons produced in the atmosphere or neutrons from an external source a veto signal will temporarily interrupt the primary neutron detection system thus reducing the neutron background count and consequently improve the detection limit It is expected that the veto shield will reduce the background by about one order of magnitude and therefore increases the sensitivity for various experiments with low neutron yields such as low level nuclear waste measurements or for more fundamental experiments to study exotic nuclei or low yield nuclear reactions The purpose is to investigate if atmospheric muons or an external source of neutrons can be identified by their interactions ionization and elastic scattering respectively in the plastic scintillation detectors We expect that tracking the time of energy depositions and the signal pulse height in multiple scintillation layers can identify when a muon event or an external neutron source can be expected to impinge on the neutron detector assembly A positive identification will cause a veto signal to temporarily inhibit the acquisition in the detector assembly and consequently reduce the measured neutron background The main objective of the project is to define an optimum active shield i e number size and geometry of the plastic scintillators This will be realized by Monte Carlo simulations which are validated by experimental results The experiments include measurements at the VdG facility of the EC JRC IRMM using mono energetic neutron beams and measurements with radionuclide neutron sources at the JRC IRMM and JRC Ispra https ec europa eu jrc en page related facilities all 272 28131 Characterization of melted fuel by neutron resonance analysis JRC IRMM in collaboration with the Japanese Atomic Energy Agency JAEA have developed a method to characterize particle like debris of melted nuclear fuel from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi reactor cores The method referred to a Neutron Resonance Densitometry is based on the presence of resonance structures in neutron induced reaction cross sections NRD relies on the principles of Neutron Resonance Transmission Analysis NRTA and Neutron Resonance Capture Analysis NRCA which are two methods that have been developed at the JRC s facility GELINA GEel LINear Accelerator The project focusses on measurements at GELINA to validate the method by results of experiments at GELINA using samples of nuclear material https ec europa eu jrc en training programmes https ec europa eu jrc en page related facilities all 272 28131 https ec europa eu jrc en news japan and jrc demonstrate method quantify u and pu melted fuel EC Joint Research Centre ITU Karlsruhe Germany Karlsruhe Experimental studies of Corium material systems high temperature behaviour of two three crucial compositions in the U Pu Zr Fe O system 3 5 months D Manara During hypothetical meltdown accidents in nuclear reactors the fuel is foreseen to liquefy and react with the liquid cladding and the vessel materials forming a lava like melt commonly called corium Knowledge of the corium behaviour during a severe accident has great importance for the risk and safety assessment of a nuclear reactor In this framework the present study will focus on the applicability of Raman spectroscopy to the study of some crucial corium sub systems previously laser heated beyond melting The key in vessel system includes UO 2 fuel zirconium based alloys for the cladding and ferrous based reactor internal structures in various possible oxidising conditions Once the vessel fails and the corium interacts with the ex vessel structures then more complex systems will be formed containing also concrete decomposition products oxides of Si Ca Al Na K Mg etc Raman spectroscopy is a particularly advantageous technique thanks to its remote non destructive and local character Such features combined with a minimal sample preparation are particularly attractive when deal with radioactive materials A sensitivity assessment of this vibrational spectroscopy approach to the identification of different corium phases will constitute the main goal of the present internship Keywords Corium Meltdown accident Laser heating Contact Person Supervisor Dario Manara JRC ITU Karlsruhe Dario manara gentleproject eu Investigation of the structural and electronic properties of U 1 y Am y O 2 x The Nuclear Fuels Unit of JRC ITU Karlsruhe conducts research programmes related to the safety of minor actinides bearing nuclear fuels such as U 1 y Am y O 2 x As these materials are considered as promising compounds for the efficient recycling of Am this internship project aims at extending our knowledge of their structural and electronic properties The oxidation states of U and Am will be of particular interest as controversial results have been published these past few years UO2 UO2 x AmO2 AmO2 x U1 yAmyO2 x will be synthesized by sol gel before the starting date of the internship The candidate will however participate to the pressing and the sintering of the materials Several sintering atmosphere will be employed so as to reach different O stoichiometries and cation valence states The candidate will actively participate to the structural characterization with X Ray Diffraction XRD and to the electronic characterization through X ray Absorption Near Edge Spectroscopy XANES and X ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy XPS XRD will provide structural informations on the synthesized materials lattice parameter crytallinity etc XPS and XANES at M edges will be performed on UO2 UO2 x AmO2 AmO2 x U1 yAmyO2 x to study the oxidation states of U and Am cations A beamtime has already been allocated for the XANES in the framework of the TALISMAN project but no precise date has been fixed yet If possible the candidate will participate to this experiment In concrete terms the candidate will learn one of the synthesis processes of nuclear materials Therefore he will also learn the security rules relative to the work in a nuclear facility As the main focus of the internship is the characterization by XRD XPS and XANES the applicant will participate as much as possible

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  • General Research Area | Gentle
    a characterization can be carried out at the experimental facilities of the Standards for Nuclear Safety Security and Safeguards SN3S unit of the JRC IRMM These facilities include the time of flight facility GELINA and a 7 MV Van de Graaff accelerator In addition various well characterized neutron and gamma ray radionuclide sources are available Keywords gamma neutron detector characterization safeguards security Willy Mondelears JRC IRMM Geel willy mondelaers gentleproject eu Peter Schillebeeckx JRC IRMM Geel peter schillebeeckx gentleproject eu Jan Heyse JRC IRMM Geel jan heyse gentleproject eu Time of flight cross section measurements Interaction of neutrons with matter is of great importance when evaluating the safety and risks related to the operation of nuclear power plants nuclear waste management or new concepts of nuclear power production Smaller uncertainties in the neutron cross section data can result in enhanced safety of present and future plants IRMM measures neutron cross sections of relevant nuclei to improve the existing files Therefore the Standards for Nuclear Safety Security and Safeguards SN3S unit of the JRC IRMM operates the neutron time of flight facility GELINA This facility has been designed to study cross sections of neutron induced reactions in the resonance region It is a multi user facility where measurements can be performed at 12 different flight paths in parallel The measurement stations are equipped to perform total and reaction cross section measurements Keywords neutron cross section resonance time of flight GELINA measurement safety Willy Mondelears JRC IRMM Geel willy mondelaers gentleproject eu Peter Schillebeeckx JRC IRMM Geel peter schillebeeckx gentleproject eu Jan Heyse JRC IRMM Geel jan heyse gentleproject eu EC Joint Research Centre ITU Karlsruhe Karlsruhe Germany Vibrational Spectroscopy of Nuclear Materials Raman and Infrared spectroscopy constitute powerful and complementary tools for the investigation of material properties at the molecular scale

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  • Student Testimonials | Gentle
    the GENTLE Student Research Experience SRE funding support It allowed me to work for 8 months at JRC ITU of Karlsruhe Germany as a trainee on the experimental characterisation of material forms potentially produced in nuclear power plant hypothetical severe accidents I am very grateful for having this big opportunity for my life both scientific and personal I feel I have built great experience in working in advanced laboratories preparing presentations and posters and participating to conferences and scientific courses This first step in my scientific carrier allowed me to acquire fundamental knowledge and complete my M Sc thesis project Most of all I had my first opportunity to work with international scientific research groups which is for me a big step in my carrier and personal life too Sara Mastromarino La Sapienza University of Rome Italy I have completed my internship at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT on 15th September 2015 under the supervision of Dr Volker Metz and Dr Vanessa Montoya I would like to give special thanks to GENTLE for providing the funding for my internship I really appreciate your generous contribution to my education and the interest you have taken in supporting my goals and aspirations Sanjay Dubey Ecole des Mines de Nantes France In the framework of my master thesis project related to the theoretical investigation of accelerator driven systems with the support of a GENTLE SRE grant I spent four months at the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands and two weeks at SCK CEN in Belgium This internship did not only contribute to my professional knowledge but also provided me with some unforgettable personal experience During working hours I had the opportunity to work with experts in the field of reactor physics whereas in my free time I tried to communicate

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