The project creates a virtual reactor in a remote location by linking a host reactor with university classrooms in neighbouring countries via the internet. Using data acquisition hardware and software installed in the host research reactor, real-time signals are sent over the internet to the participating classroom, where students are able to see a real-time display of the reactor's control panel. Using a video conference link, students in the classroom can interact with operators in the reactor control room, and can "conduct experiments" by asking the reactor operators to change reactor settings, thus seeing the real-time output of the reactor change accordingly.
Examples of experiments that will be performed within the IRL project include: introduction to nuclear instrumentation in a research reactor; approach to criticality; control rod calibration; temperature reactivity coefficient and void coefficient measurement.
Students in a university classroom at the Jordan University of Science and Technology, seeing real-time output of the Pulsar reactor.