Nuclear Energy Agency Online Bulletin
Covers new material for December 2001 and January 2002
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The February bulletin covers the following items:
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Law Bulletin No. 68 + Supplement
in the Nuclear Fuel Cycle
PENELOPE - A Code
System for Monte Carlo Simulation of Electron and Photon Transport
Most of the nuclear fuel safety criteria in use today were established
during the 1960s and early 1970s. The NEA Committee on the Safety of Nuclear
Installations (CSNI) was given a mandate to review these criteria in the
light of "new design" elements, such as new fuel and core design,
cladding materials, manufacturing processes, high burn-up, mixed-oxide
fuel (MOX), etc. The CSNI Task Force on Fuel Safety Criteria (TFFSC) that
was set up to consider these issues included research experts from regulatory
bodies and technical support organisations. The TFFSC reviewed 20 criteria
in all. Also reviewed were the special problems associated with high burn-up,
including the axial offset anomaly and incomplete rod insertion. The TFFSC
concluded that the current framework of fuel safety criteria "remains
generally applicable" to the new fuel designs, but numbers in individual
criteria may have to change in accordance with the particular fuel and
core design features. The complete text of the TFFSC's report, "Nuclear
Fuel Safety Criteria Technical Review" is now available in the OECD
online bookshop. To order the report visit http://www.oecd.org/scripts/publications/bookshop/redirect.asp?662001171P1.
The Nuclear Science Committee (NSC) is organising a third workshop on the "Utilisation and Reliability of High Power Proton Accelerators". The workshop will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA on 12-16 May 2002. More information (including online registration) is available at http://www.oecd-nea.org/science/hpa3/.
The 7th Information Exchange Meeting on Actinide and Fission Product Partitioning and Transmutation will be held in Jeju, Korea on 14-16 October 2002. Participants in this meeting are encouraged to submit abstracts before March 1st. Further information is available at http://www.oecd-nea.org/pt/iempt7/index.html.
Nuclear data services
The JEFF Working Party on Nuclear Data Evaluation, Processing and Benchmarking will hold its regular meetings on 24-26 April 2002 in Aix-en-Provence, France. More information (including online registration) is available at http://www.oecd-nea.org/dbdata/meetings/aix2002/index.htm.
The Data Bank and the Radiation Safety Information Computational Center
(RSICC) are organising a training course on the analysis code SAMMY at
NEA headquarters on 18-22 February 2002. More information (including online
registration) is available at http://www.oecd-nea.org/dbdata/sammy/workshops/feb2002/.
The Data Bank regularly organises hands-on training courses for widely used computer codes that are in the public domain. The latest training course covered "PENELOPE, a Code System for Monte Carlo Simulation of Electron and Photon Transport". This code is now being used by an increasing number of radiation physicists. The course was taught by the code's authors; their lecture notes and the corresponding proceedings are now available on the NEA website at http://www.oecd-nea.org/dbprog/penelope.pdf. Further information about the PENELOPE code is available at http://www.oecd-nea.org/dbprog/peneloperef.html.
A page listing all new programs in the last 12 months can be found at http://www.oecd-nea.org/dbprog/cpsnew.html. Detailed news concerning the computer program service is available at: http://www.oecd-nea.org/dbprog/Newsletter/Whatsnew.htm.
New software packages available from the Data Bank:
INDOSE V2.1.1, Internal Dosimetry Code using Biokinetics Models (Now tested)
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