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Target Audience

Individuals that perform, manage, or supervise measurements involving calorimetry. Auditors, regulators, and policy makers may also benefit from attending this course.


To provide participants a comprehensive background in the theory and application of the calorimetric assay of plutonium bearing items.


  • Fundamental principles and applications of heat-flow calorimeters
  • Operation of calorimeters
  • Isotopic composition measurements for determination of specific power
  • Calorimetry measurement control program
  • Analysis of assay results.

NDA Equipment Covered: Twin Bridge Calorimeter, Wheatstone bridge sensor.

Course Prerequisites

Previous Course Title: Nondestructive Assay of Special Nuclear Material Holdup Training School (MCA-243)


3 days

Typical Course Format

Course schedule

Tuesday - Thursday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Monday - Wednesday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

A schedule will be provided on the first day of the course. Coffee, tea, and water will be available during the morning and afternoon breaks.  An option for attending a no-host lunch at the training site will be provided for all students. The anticipated cost for these lunches will be approximately $5-10/person. The money will be collected on the day the lunch is served.

We will be entering into the laboratory to perform some measurements. For safety purposes, please be sure to wear closed toe shoes.