Nuclear Energy Agency Online Bulletin

Covers new material for April 2004:

New publications
Nuclear safety and regulation
Legal affairs
Nuclear science
Data Bank

New publications

Government and Nuclear Energy
ISBN 92-64-01538-8. 96 pages.

Disponible également en français :
Gouvernement et énergie nucléaire
ISBN 92-64-01539-6. 112 pages.

Nuclear Legislation in Central and Eastern Europe and the NIS
2003 Overview
ISBN 92-64-01542-6. 216 pages.

Disponible également en français :
Législation nucléaire en Europe centrale et orientale et dans les NEI
Panorama 2003

ISBN 92-64-01543-4. 228 pages.

Nuclear Production of Hydrogen
Second Information Exchange Meeting, Argonne, Illinois, USA, 2-3 October 2003
ISBN 92-64-10770-3. 316 pages.


Free publications are available at www.oecd-nea.org/pub/.

Direct Indicators of Nuclear Regulatory Efficiency and Effectiveness
Pilot Project Results
ISBN 92-64-02061-6. 45 pages (127 kb).

Disponible également en français :
Indicateurs directs de l’efficience et de l’efficacité de la réglementation nucléaire
Résultats du projet pilote
ISBN 92-64-02062-4. 49 pages (194 ko).

Safety of Disposal of Spent Fuel, HLW and Long-lived ILW in Switzerland
An International Peer Review of the Post-closure Radiological Safety Assessment for Disposal in the Opalinus Clay of the Zürcher Weinland
ISBN 92-64-02063-2. 125 pages (705 ko).

Auch auf Deutsch verfügbar:
Die Sicherheit der geologischen Tiefenlagerung von BE, HAA und LMA in der Schweiz
Eine internationale Expertenprüfung der radiologischen Langzeitsicherheitsanalyse der Tiefenlagerung im Opalinuston des Zürcher Weinlands
ISBN 92-64-02064-0. 139 pages (913 kb).


Nuclear safety and regulation

A workshop on probabilistic safety assessment (PSA) of non-reactor nuclear facilities (NRNF) will be held on 4-5 October 2004 at NEA headquarters. This workshop will promote exchanges on the use of PSA for nuclear fuel cycle facilities and explore its relevance to the conventional deterministic approach.

Papers presented at the workshop on level 2 PSA and severe accident management held on 29-31 March 2004 in Cologne, Germany are now available at www.oecd-nea.org/nsd/workshops/psa/programme.html. The full workshop proceedings are currently in preparation.


Legal affairs

A seminar on nuclear law and the protection of the environment will be held on 5-9 July 2004 at the Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Topics to be discussed at the seminar in the context of environmental protection include the following:
  • nuclear installation safety and radiological protection;
  • legal and policy issues related to radioactive waste management;
  • managing nuclear accidents and radiological emergencies;
  • liability and compensation for nuclear damage;
  • nuclear security; and
  • public participation and information.

The seminar is being organised in co-operation with the Romanian National Commission for the Control of Nuclear Activities (CNCAN), the Romanian National Nuclear Power Company (Nuclearelectrica S.A.), Romatom, the French Branch of the International Nuclear Law Association (INLA) and the French Society for Nuclear Energy (SFEN). The seminar will be conducted in French. More information is available at www.oecd-nea.org/law/isnl/romania/index.htm.


Nuclear science

A workshop on integral critical experiments with low-moderated MOX fuels was held on 14-15 April 2004 at OECD headquarters. The main recommendations from the workshop were to:

  • investigate the possibility of releasing unpublished experimental data;
  • define a framework and method for the selection of new experimental programme(s) of interest; and
  • help disseminate sensitivity and uncertainty methods used to assess experiments.

The NEA Working Party on Nuclear Criticality Safety (WPNCS) has identified the MOX fuel manufacturing process as an area in which there is a specific need for additional integral experiments. More information about the workshop is available at www.oecd-nea.org/science/meetings/mox/index.html; more information about the WPNCS is available at www.oecd-nea.org/science/wpncs/index.html.

A second workshop on the VVER-1000 coolant transient benchmark (V1000CT) was held on 5-6 April 2004 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The V1000CT benchmark defines standard problems for the validation of coupled three-dimensional (3-D) neutron-kinetics and system thermal-hydraulic codes. These codes can be applied to Soviet-designed VVER-1000 reactors using actual plant data without the need for scaling. The overall objective is to provide computer codes for use in the safety analysis of VVER power plants — specifically those used in reactivity transient simulations for the VVER-1000. The V1000CT benchmark consists of two phases:

  • V1000CT-1: the simulation of the switching-on of one main coolant pump (MCP) while the other three MCPs are in operation; and
  • V1000CT-2: the calculation of coolant mixing tests and a main steam line break (MSLB) scenario.

More information is available at https://www.oecd-nea.org/science/wprs/egrsltb/v1000ct/.


Data Bank

Computer program services

A page listing all new programs in the last 12 months can be found at: www.oecd-nea.org/dbprog/cpsnew.html. Detailed news concerning the computer program service is available at: www.oecd-nea.org/dbprog/Newsletter/Whatsnew.htm.

  23-APR-2004 NEA-1553 SINBAD FUSION, Neutronics Benchmark Experiments
(Now tested)
  13-APR-2004 NEA-1696 IFPE/REGATE L10.3, FGR and fuel swelling during power transient at medium burn-up (SILOE reactor)
(Arrived)
  13-APR-2004 NEA-1720 IFPE/FUMEX-II/CASE27, 7 idealised cases for functional dependence of FGR predictions
(Arrived)
  13-APR-2004 NEA-1693 ZZ V1000CT-1&2, VVER-1000 Main Coolant Pump (MCP) Switching On Benchmark
(Arrived)
  12-APR-2004 NEA-0842 SRAC-95, Cell Calculation with Burnup, Fuel Management for Thermal Reactors
(Now tested)
  09-APR-2004 NEA-1666 HEPROW, Unfolding of pulse height spectra using Bayes theorem and maximum entropy method
(Arrived)

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