International Reactor Physics Experiment Evaluation (IRPhE) Project

The International Reactor Physics Experiment Evaluation (IRPhE) Project aims to provide the nuclear community with qualified benchmark data sets by collecting reactor physics experimental data from nuclear facilities, worldwide. More specifically the objectives of the expert group are as follows:

For those experiments where interest and priority is expressed by member countries or working parties and executive groups within the NEA provide guidance or co-ordination in:

The expert group will:

The Secretariat of the group is provided by the OECD/NEA Data Bank, who is in charge of the management of the material released to the project. The Technical Review is chaired and co-ordinated by J.D. Bess from INL, USA.

Current activities

The group is currently:

The following type of measurements are included:

The benchmark specifications and experimental data are intended for use by nuclear reactor physicists and engineers to validate current and new calculational schemes including computer codes and nuclear data libraries, for assessing uncertainties, confidence bounds and safety margins, and to record measurement methods and techniques.

2017 edition and availability

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Much of the work so far realised by the International Reactor Physics Experiment Evaluation (IRPhE) Project, in particular, the evaluation and review of selected benchmark experiments, was possible thanks to substantial funding provided by the Government of Japan. Other countries, currently Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, P.R. of China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States have contributed evaluations, reviews and data at their own expense. Overall technical coordination of the IRPhEP is directly supported by the United States Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy with significant in-kind contributions from the parallel OECD NEA International Criticality Safety Benchmark Evaluation Project (ICSBEP), supported in the United States by the Department of Energy's Office of Facility Management and ES&H Support.

Last reviewed: 14 April 2017

Next meeting 23-27 October 2017
Washington, DC