Top Photo: PNRI Nuclear Training Center Officer-in-Charge Mr. Roel Loteriña (1st row, 8th from left), PNRI FTC Course Coordinator Mr. Carl Nohay (1st row, 4th from right) and Dr. Nobuyoshi Arai of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (1st row, 8th from right) join the participants and lecturers of the training course
Bottom Photos: Participants visit the control room (left) and reactor pool (right) of the Philippine Research Reactor-1 (PRR-1) at PNRI
The Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) in cooperation with the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) conducted the Follow-up Training Course on Reactor Engineering from March 2 to 13 at the PNRI Nuclear Training Center.
Fifteen participants from the National Power Corporation, Philippine Normal University, Surigao Del Sur State University and Bagong Silangan High School joined the two-week training course which covered the basics of nuclear reactor physics and reactor operation among others. Researchers from PNRI also participated in the course.
Three experts from the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), Dr. Nobuyoshi Arai, Dr. Masanori Kaminaga and Dr. Keisuke Okumura, supervised the training course. The lecturers were Dr. Joseph Auresenia, Chemical Engineering Department Chairman of De La Salle University) and ten PNRI staff: Mr. Carl Nohay, Mr. Nelson Badinas, Ms. Kristine Marie Romallosa, Mr. Alfonso Singayan, Mr. Giuseppe Filam Dean, Ms. Alvie Asuncion, Mr. Joseph Tugo, Ms. Cheri Anne Dingle, Mr. Adrian Cruz and Ms. Marianna Lourdes Marie Grande.
Lectures and exercises focused on the basics of radiation physics, nuclear energy production, radiation detection, and the neutron life cycle in a reactor. The participants were familiarized with existing reactor technologies and nuclear reactor calculations and were also taught the basics of thermal hydraulics and reactor safety. Experts also facilitated several experiments on radiation measurement and survey, reactor operation simulation and neutron moderation.
The Japanese experts also conducted special lectures for the FTC lecturers and selected participants, focusing on advanced concepts on reactor physics and nuclear engineering, reactor calculations and thermal hydraulics in reactors during various conditions.
Participants were also given a guided tour of various nuclear facilities in the Philippines, particularly the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant and the Philippine Research Reactor-1 at PNRI. They also visited other facilities of PNRI such as the Secondary Standards Dosimetry Laboratory, the Cobalt-60 Multipurpose Irradiation Facility and the recently inaugurated Electron Beam Facility.