Nuclear Energy Agency Online Bulletin

Covers new material for October 2002

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The November bulletin covers the following items:

New publications
Nuclear development
Nuclear safety
Nuclear science
Data Bank

New publications

Physics of Plutonium Recycling
Volume VI: Multiple Plutonium Recycling in Advanced PWRs
160 pages.

Improving Versus Maintaining Nuclear Safety
ISBN 92-64-18493-7. 36 pages (112 kb).

Disponible également en français :
Améliorer ou maintenir le niveau de sûreté nucléaire
ISBN 92-64-28493-1. 36 pages (118 ko).

International Evaluation Co-operation
Volume 6: Delayed Neutron Data for the Major Actinides
132 pages (543 kb).

Occupational Exposures at Nuclear Power Plants - Eleventh Annual Report on the ISOE Programme, 2001
ISBN 92-64-18492-9. 104 pages (1.3 mb).

Nuclear development

The NEA co-sponsored the European Nuclear Conference, ENC 2002, held on 7-9 October 2002 in Lille, France. NEA Director-General Luis Echávarri presented a paper at the outset of the technical conference on " nuclear energy in future sustainable, competitive energy mixes " and chaired a session on new competitive nuclear power plants. The main conference themes were sustainable development, the economics of nuclear power in deregulated markets and innovative technologies for the revival of the nuclear option. Signs of optimism about the future of nuclear energy were noticeable in the papers presented and during audience discussions. However, industry representatives expressed reservations about the prospect of a rapid renaissance of nuclear energy since they expect new orders will not be placed immediately. This is due to over capacity and the competition from natural gas. The NEA publications stand at the exhibition attracted a large number of visitors.

Nuclear safety

On 17 September 2002 a large-scale test involving the melting of material representative of a light water reactor core was successfully carried out as part of the MASCA Project, set up at the Kurchatov Institute in Moscow under NEA auspices. More information is available at:

Two successful tests were recently carried out at the Argonne National Laboratory in the United States as part of an international project set up under NEA auspices to study the emergency cooling of the debris of a molten nuclear reactor core following a severe accident. More information is available at:

Regular features

Nuclear science

The fourth workshop on the NEA and NRC-sponsored BWR Turbine Trip benchmark was held on 6 October 2002 in Seoul, Korea. Progress in the comparison with experimental measurements for coupled neutronic/thermal-hydraulic core simulations and best-estimate 3-D core/plant interactions during the transient were presented and a plan for finalising the corresponding reports agreed. More information on the benchmark is available at:

The NEA co-sponsored the Physor-2002 meeting, New Frontiers of Nuclear Technology: Reactor Physics, Safety and High-Performance Computing, held on 7-10 October 2002 in Seoul, Korea. Experts in various areas of reactor physics, design and analysis methods for nuclear power and related technologies discussed recent analytical and experimental developments in the areas of safety, high-performance computing, and non-power reactor applications. More information is available at:

The seventh Information Exchange Meeting on Actinide and Fission Product Partitioning and Transmutation (P&T) was held on 14-16 October 2002 in Jeju, Korea. The main topics discussed were: national and international P&T programmes; fuel cycle strategy and future reactors; partitioning and waste forms; fuels and targets; spallation targets and advanced coolants in materials; physics and nuclear data; and transmutation system (critical and sub-critical) design and safety. The meeting closed with a panel discussion on future P&T development. Hosted by the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI), Korea Electric Power Research Institute (KEPRI), and the Korea Nuclear Society (KNS), a total of 161 participants from 17 countries and five international organisations attended the meeting. More than 100 papers were presented at the meeting, the proceedings of which are currently in preparation. More information is available at:

Data Bank

The NEA has received a number of CD-ROMs containing plots and data of the new JENDL-3.3 General Purpose File from JAERI, which are available free of charge by completing the form at: The CD-ROM contains the original data files for 337 nuclides, as well as 0K and 300K processed pointwise files. Cross-section plots are also included.

Computer program services

A page listing all new programs in the last 12 months can be found at:

24-OCT-2002 DLC-0205 ZZ MCNPXDATA, Neutron, Photon, Electron, and Proton Data Libraries for MCNPX (Arrived)
24-OCT-2002 CCC-0715 MCNPX 2.4.0, Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code System for Multiparticle and High Energy Applications. (Arrived)
23-OCT-2002 CCC-0537 TRIPOS, Monte Carlo Ion Transport Analysis Code (Arrived)
22-OCT-2002 NEA-0446 DELIGHT-7, Point Reactivity Burnup for HTGR Lattice with P1 Neutron Scattering Approximation (Arrived)
22-OCT-2002 NEA-1086 TRISTAN, 3-D fixed source radiation transport (Arrived)
21-OCT-2002 NEA-1554 ZZ PWR-MSLB, PWR Main Steam-Line Break Benchmarks, Coupled Neutronics Thermal-Hydraulics (Arrived)
15-OCT-2002 PSR-0085 NAISAP, Theory and Use of Gamma-Ray Spectrum Analysis Codes for NaI(Tl) Detectors. (Now tested)
15-OCT-2002 IAEA1397 ZZ-WIMS-D/4LIB, 61, 64, 69, 76 and 79 energy groups WIMS-D/4 libraries (Arrived)
09-OCT-2002 CCC-0654 VENTURE-PC 1.1, Reactor Analysis System with Sensitivity and Burnup (Arrived)
09-OCT-2002 CCC-0708 REBUS-PC 1.4, Code System for Analysis of Research Reactor Fuel Cycles (Arrived)
09-OCT-2002 CCC-0661 SOURCES-4C, Calculating Alpha, N, Fission, Delayed Neutron Sources and Spectra (Arrived)
09-OCT-2002 CCC-0371 ORIGEN-2.2, Isotope Generation and Depletion Code Matrix Exponential Method (Arrived)
07-OCT-2002 NEA-1552 SINBAD ACCELERATOR, Shielding Benchmark Experiments (Now tested)
07-OCT-2002 NEA-1553 SINBAD FUSION, Neutronics Benchmark Experiments (Now tested)

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