Nuclear Energy Agency Online Bulletin

Covers new material for September 2007:

New publications
Radiological protection
Nuclear science
Legal affairs
Data Bank

New publications

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

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.

CINDA 2006
Available on DVD on request, or see www.oecd-nea.org/cinda/cindaora.cgi for the latest CINDA data.


Radiological protection

The Information System on Occupational Exposure (ISOE) Expert Group on Work Management continued its efforts to update its widely-used report Work Management in the Nuclear Power Industry during its meeting on 17-18 September 2007 at NEA offices in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France. Building upon the practical experience of its members, the group's update will take into account new experience and technology in occupational radiation dose reduction and 15 years of information exchange through the ISOE programme. More information is available at: www.oecd-nea.org/jointproj/isoe.html.

The NEA Working Party on Nuclear Emergency Matters (WPNEM) has established an Expert Group on Countermeasures to investigate a broad range of protective actions that could be taken in the event of a nuclear or radiological emergency with widespread consequences. During its first meeting on 25-26 September 2007 at NEA offices, the group identified the objectives of "soft" countermeasures (such as travel, trade and tourism controls) that could be implemented in the face of such an emergency. The group intends to test these countermeasures during the forthcoming CONVEX-3 nuclear emergency exercise to be held in July 2008. Following this meeting, an ad hoc scoping group of WPNEM and Nuclear Law Committee members met to identify the interfaces between emergency management and nuclear liability. More information is available at: www.oecd-nea.org/rp/wpnem.html.


Nuclear science

The 2007 edition of the International Handbook of Evaluated Criticality Safety Benchmark Experiments has now been released. The handbook contains criticality safety benchmark specifications that have been derived from experiments performed at various nuclear critical facilities around the world. The benchmark specifications are intended for use by criticality safety engineers to validate calculation techniques used to establish minimum subcritical margins for operations with fissile material. The new edition contains 464 evaluations with benchmark specifications for 4092 critical, near-critical or subcritical configurations. Also included in the new edition are 21 criticality alarm placement/shielding configurations, each with multiple dose points and 46 configurations that have been categorised as fundamental physics measurements relevant to criticality safety applications. More information is available at www.oecd-nea.org/science/wpncs/icsbep/.


Legal affairs

The International School of Nuclear Law (ISNL) held its seventh session in Montpellier, France from 27 August to 6 September 2007. The 2007 session brought together 56 participants from 35 countries; alumni now number almost 400, and come from 78 countries. The aim of the ISNL is to provide a high-quality, intensive educational programme in all aspects of nuclear law. The multifaceted nature of nuclear energy production and use was reflected in presentations during this year's session that covered such diverse aspects as the economics of nuclear energy and the ethical, legal and financial issues associated with radioactive waste and spent fuel management. More information is available at www.oecd-nea.org/general/mnb/2007/09-law.html.


Data Bank

Nuclear data services

The Comprehensive Index of Nuclear Reaction Data (CINDA) contains bibliographical references to measurements, calculations, reviews and evaluations of cross-sections and other microscopic neutron, gamma and charged-particle data. It also includes references to computer libraries of numerical data. An archive edition, CINDA 2006, was printed in seven volumes and distributed during September 2007 to over 200 research facilities and libraries worldwide. The seven volumes contain the entire CINDA database of bibliographical information on nuclear reaction data published between 1935 and 2006. CINDA 2006 is available on DVD free on request. More information about the data network is available at www.oecd-nea.org/dbdata/projects/nrdc.html. The latest CINDA data may be consulted at www.oecd-nea.org/cinda/cindaora.cgi.

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.

19-SEP-2007 NEA-1698 SWAT, Step-Wise Burn-up Analysis Code System to Combine SRAC-95 Cell Calculation Code and ORIGEN2
(Arrived)
14-SEP-2007 PSR-0455 MONTEBURNS 2.0: An Automated, Multi-Step Monte Carlo Burn-up Code System
(Arrived)
14-SEP-2007 PSR-0137 MARLOWE 15b, Computer Simulation of Atomic Collisions in Crystalline Solids
(Arrived)
10-SEP-2007 CCC-0684 NRCDose 2.3.8, Evaluation of Routine Radioactive Effluents from Nuclear Power Plants
(Arrived)
06-SEP-2007 ESTS0663 CFDLIB05, Computational Fluid Dynamics Library
(Arrived)
04-SEP-2007 NEA-1792 MMRW-BOOKS, Legacy books on slowing down, thermalisation, particle transport theory and random processes in reactors
(Arrived)

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