Nuclear Energy Agency Online Bulletin

Covers new material for February 2005:

New publications
Generation IV International Forum (GIF)
Conference on "Nuclear Power for the 21st Century"
Radiological protection
Data Bank

New publications

Publications on sale can be ordered at the OECD bookshop: www.oecd.org/scripts/publications/bookshop/redirect.asp.

Beneficial Uses and Production of Isotopes: 2004 Update
ISBN 92-64-00880-2. Price: €24, US$29, £16, ¥3 200. 64 pages.

Disponible également en français :
Usages bénéfiques et production des isotopes : Mise à jour 2004
ISBN 92-64-00881-0. Prix : €24, US$29, £16, ¥3 200. 68 pages.

Geological Repositories: Political and Technical Progress
Workshop Proceedings, Stockholm, Sweden, 8-10 December 2003
ISBN 92-64-00830-6. Price: €55, US$72, £37, ¥7 400. 250 pages.

Management of Uncertainty in Safety Cases and the Role of Risk
Workshop Proceedings, Stockholm, Sweden, 2-4 February 2004
ISBN 92-64-00878-0. Price: €50, US$65, £34, ¥6 700. 236 pages.

Free publications are available at www.oecd-nea.org/pub/webpubs/. Paper copies may be requested by sending an e-mail to neapub@oecd-nea.org.

CSNI Technical Opinion Papers Nos. 7-8
No. 7: Living PSA and its Use in the Nuclear Safety Decision-Making Process
No. 8: Development and Use of Risk Monitors at Nuclear Power Plants
ISBN 92-64-01047-5. 40 pages (89 kb).

Disponible également en français :
Avis techniques du CSIN Nos 7-8
N° 7 : EPS vivante et son utilisation dans le processus décisionnel en matière de sûreté nucléaire
N° 8 : Mise au point et utilisation de l'EPS temps réel dans les centrales nucléaires
ISBN 92-64-01048-3. 40 pages (174 ko).
 

Generation IV International Forum (GIF) Framework Agreement signed

In a ceremony at the French Embassy in Washington DC on 28 February 2005, officials from Canada, France, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States signed a Framework Agreement for International Collaboration on Research and Development of Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems. The Agreement is a significant step in the development of the Generation IV International Forum (GIF), a group whose member countries are interested in joining their efforts to carry out the R&D needed to develop the next generation of nuclear energy systems. The Agreement, for which the Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is the Depositary, allows the participating countries to move forward on joint research projects on the six reactor concepts that the GIF participants have selected for development. These are: gas-cooled; lead-cooled; molten salt; supercritical-water-cooled and very-high-temperature reactor systems. These advanced technologies offer the promise of advantages in the areas of economics, safety and reliability, sustainability, physical protection and proliferation resistance and could be deployed commercially by 2020-2030. The six other GIF members (Argentina, Brazil, Euratom, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of South Africa and Switzerland) are expected to acceed to the Agreement in the coming months. Pending their accession, all GIF members will continue to participate in the group's activities over the next year. The NEA serves as Technical Secretariat to the Generation IV International Forum. More information is available at www.oecd-nea.org/general/press/2005/GIF.html.


Conference on "Nuclear Power for the 21st Century"

Ministers from 29 countries have confirmed that they will attend the conference on "Nuclear Power for the 21st Century", being organised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Paris on 21-22 March, and hosted by the Government of France in co-operation with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA). The ministers, and government officials from an additional 30 countries, will examine the future role of nuclear energy in helping to meet the world's energy needs and present their views on the current and future role of nuclear power in the context of national energy strategies. More information is available at www.parisnuclear2005.org.


Radiological protection

The NEA Expert Group on the CRPPH Collective Opinion (EGCO) and the NEA Expert Group on the Implications of Radiological Protection Science (EGIS) are exploring the challenges associated with managing and assessing radiological protection risks. The EGIS met on 9-11 February and the EGCO on 14-16 February, both at NEA headquarters. The objective of these meetings was to discuss ongoing work to identify the most significant emerging issues in the areas of radiological protection policy, regulation, science and application. Their work (to be finalised in 2006) will provide member countries with valuable insight into significant emerging issues, and will serve as a road map for the Agency's programme of work in this area for the next five to ten years. More information is available at www.oecd-nea.org/rp/egco.html and www.oecd-nea.org/rp/egis.html.


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.

28-FEB-2005 NEA-1724 IFPE/NSRR-FK1-2-3, Behaviour of 3 BWR segments FK-1, FK-2 & FK-3 under RIA test conditions in NSRR
(Arrived)
14-FEB-2005 NEA-1735 CARL2, radiotoxicity, activity, dose and decay power calculations for spent fuel
(Arrived)
02-FEB-2005 USCD1208 CHECKR, ENDF/B Format Check
(Now tested)
02-FEB-2005 USCD1209 FIZCON, ENDF/B Cross-Sections Redundancy Check
(Now tested)
02-FEB-2005 USCD1216 PSYCHE, ENDF/B Data Consistency Check in ENDF Format
(Now tested)
02-FEB-2005 USCD1218 STANEF, ENDF/B Book-keeping Operations for ENDF Format Files
(Now tested)
02-FEB-2005 USCD1212 INTER, ENDF/B Thermal Cross-Sections, Resonance Integrals, G-Factors Calculation
(Now tested)



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