The NEA Data Bank Computer Program Services organises several training sessions every year, contributing to the dissemination of state of the art codes and engaging the nuclear community. This year the courses were moved onto online platforms, which has allowed the NEA to continue its mission of bringing together code users from all around the world and facilitating exchanges on the use of computer codes.
An online training session on FISPACT-II was held from 23 November to 3 December 2020. FISPACT-II is an enhanced multi physics platform for the simulation of observables for nuclear sciences and technology. It has applications in magnetic and inertial confinement fusion, advanced fission reactors, advanced energy and fuel systems, high energy and accelerator physics, medical applications, isotope production, earth exploration, astrophysics, homeland security and materials science.
The NEA Data Bank also held a course on FRENDY (FRom Evaluated Nuclear Data librarY to any application) on 9-10 December 2020. FRENDY is a nuclear data processing system – freely available from the NEA and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) – that allows users to generate a cross-section file from evaluated nuclear data files. The course first introduced the participants to nuclear data processing. After an overview of nuclear data processing, participants also learned how to generate ACE files using the FRENDY code.
The two courses attracted 58 participants from 20 countries, who benefited first hand from the knowledge and dedication of the code developers at the JAEA and the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority.