Under the guidance of the Nuclear Science Committee (NSC), the Working Party on Scientific Issues and Uncertainty Analysis of Reactor Systems (WPRS) studies the reactor physics, fuel performance, and radiation transport and shielding in present and future nuclear power systems. The working party also studies the uncertainties associated with the modelling of these phenomena, particularly the modelling of reactor transient events.
The WPRS's objective is to provide member countries with up-to-date information to preserve knowledge on and develop consensus in the following areas:
Reactor physics aspects considered include:
Radiation transport and shielding aspects, which are addressed in the Expert Group on Physics of Reactor Systems (EGPRS), include:
Reactor core thermal-hydraulics aspects include:
Fuel performance aspects include:
Multi-physics aspects include:
WPRS and its expert groups co-ordinate several benchmark activities on reactor single- and multi-physics. The annual WPRS Benchmarks Workshops (typically one week with two parallel tracks of technical sessions) serve to exchange on the status of the benchmarks activities and discuss benchmark specification updates.
The WPRS structure of expert groups, technical review groups, and benchmark groups is shown in the structure graph below
|Chair||Kostadin Ivanov (USA)|
|Vice-Chair||Hakim Ferroukhi (SUI)|
All NEA member countries
|Full participant||European Commission (under the NEA Statute)|
Observer (international organisation)
|International Atomic Energy Agency (by agreement)|
WPRS and associated Expert Group meetings are held approximately every twelve months.
Next meeting: 20th Meeting of WPRS, 20 - 24 February 2023
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Prior to the creation of the WPRS, a number of reactor physics benchmarks were undertaken.
Reactor types considered include, but are not limited to the following:
The WPRS liaises closely with other NEA working groups, especially those operating under the guidance of the Committee for Technical and Economic Studies on Nuclear Energy Development and the Fuel Cycle (NDC) and the Committee on the Safety of Nuclear Installations (CSNI) in order to ensure the respective work programmes are complementary and to provide advice and support where required and undertake common work where appropriate. Particularly close working relationships are maintained with the Working Party on Scientific Issues of Advanced Fuel Cycles (WPFC), the Working Party on Multi-scale Modelling of Fuels and Structural Materials for Nuclear Systems (WPMM) and other relevant NSC working parties.
The current structure of the working party and its expert groups results from a major restructuring in 2020 in which the following expert groups were integrated in WPRS:
The Working Party on Scientific Issues and Uncertainty Analysis of Reactor Systems (WPRS) and its expert groups co-ordinate benchmark activities on Reactor Single- and Multi-Physics. The benchmark activities serve the WPRS objectives to:
The activities address the the following reactor types:
Under the guidance of the Working Party on Scientific Issues and Uncertainty Analysis of Reactor Systems (WPRS), the Expert Group on Physics of Reactor Systems (EGPRS) performs specific tasks associated with reactor physics aspects of present and future nuclear power systems.
Created in 2019, under the guidance of the Working Party on Scientific Issues of Reactor Systems (WPRS) the expert group will perform specific tasks associated with core thermal-hydraulics aspects of present and future nuclear power systems.