Programme of work

The Data Bank's primary role is to provide scientists in participating countries with reliable nuclear data and computer programs for use in different nuclear applications. The services include also thermochemical data for radioactive waste management applications.

The Data Bank participating countries are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

By arrangement with the IAEA, the Data Bank computer program service covers both Data Bank countries and member states of the IAEA, except USA and Canada. A separate agreement covers nuclear data and computer program exchanges with the USA and Canada.

Users of the Data Bank services include governmental research institutes, industry and universities.

The NEA Data Bank organises seminars and workshops to present information on computer programs or groups of programs that are considered to be of special interest to users. Training courses on widely-used computer programs are organised several times a year to ensure the correct and effective use of these programs.

Horizontal work within the NEA

Nuclear science

The Data Bank works in close co-operation with the NEA Nuclear Science Section, especially in the field of international computer code comparisons and integral experiments. Results from international benchmark comparisons are incorporated in the Data Bank's documentation of the computer programs and nuclear data concerned. This data is supplied to users on request.

The Data Bank stores information about experimental data used in validating different types of computer programs. Databases are currently held for radiation shielding experiments (SINBAD), criticality safety benchmark experiments (ICSBEP), fuel performance experiments, and atmospheric dispersion tracer experiments.

Radioactive waste management

The Data Bank works together with the NEA Radiation Protection and Radioactive Waste Management Division on a thermochemical database project studying the key elements required for geochemical modelling. Teams of international experts are carrying out critical reviews of bibliographic references and have set up a quality-assured database.

Reports on Uranium (1992), Americium (1995), Technetium (1999), Neptunium and Plutonium (2001), Update on the previous elements (2003), Nickel (2005), Selenium (2005), Zirconium (2005), Organic Ligands (2005), Thermodynamics of Solid Solutions (2007), Thorium (2009) and Tin (2012) have been published. Current work is on Iron.

Nuclear safety

The Data Bank has developed a web-based reporting system for the Fuel Incident Notification and Analysis System (FINAS). A detailed set of nuclear plant design characteristics and diagrams for units in NEA member countries has also been compiled.

The NEA Data Bank maintains and provides a service for an extensive database containing CSNI Code validation matrix integral test data and separate effects test data for thermo-hydraulic transient experiments to be used in validating the large thermo-hydraulic computer codes for the safety analysis of reactor transients.

Last reviewed: 28 January 2016