Since its inception in 1962, RSICC has evolved into one of the world’s leading resources for a broad range of the best available nuclear computational tools and services. RSICC software and data collections provide in-depth coverage of radiation transport and safety topics encompassing, but not limited to:

Physics of the interaction of radiation with matter
Radiation production and sources
Criticality safety
Radiation protection and shielding
Radiation detectors and measurements
Shielding materials properties
Shields and shipping cask design
Radiation waste management
Radiological safety and assessment
Atmospheric dispersion and environmental dose
Radiation dose in medical applications
Space shielding applications




Workshop on Multi-Physics Model Validation
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
June 27 – June 29, 2017

Hosted by North Carolina State University (NCSU) The Nuclear Energy Knowledge and Validation Center (NEKVaC), INL-DOE in cooperation with the OECD/NEA Expert Group of Multi-physics Experiments, Benchmarks, and Validation (EGMPEBV), and with the support of Nuclear University Consortium (NUC), INL is conducting a Workshop on Multi-Physics Model Validation. The workshop is hosted by the Nuclear Engineering Department (NED) at North Carolina State University (NCSU), and is supported by corresponding focus areas in the DOE Consortium for Advanced LWR Simulation (CASL), the DOE Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS), and similar international activities. The NCSU faculty, which have been involved in national and international multi-physics code validation projects, are organizing and conducting the workshop with the support of lecturers from academia, national labs, industry and research organizations in USA and abroad. The targeted audience are professionals from industry, regulation, national laboratories and government agencies as well as graduate students, post-doctoral scholars and faculty from universities. This workshop will provide participants with understanding and knowledge of state-of-the-art concepts, principles, procedures, and challenges for validation of traditional and novel multi-physics modeling and simulation tools. There will be no registration fee, coffee break refreshments and lunches will be provided as well as one dinner/social reception. The link for registration as well as more information about for workshop organization can be found at:
https://www.ne.ncsu.edu/outreach-engagement/workshops/multi-physics-model-validation-workshop/ for more information.

Concept for Multi-Physics Model Validation The workshop will take place from June 27-29, 2017 in the Hunt Library Centennial Campus at NCSU in parallel with the CASL Summer Institute. The tentative agenda is:
- Day 1 - morning: Multi-physics simulation state of the art (including DOE-NE and international/OECD programs)
- Day 1 - afternoon: V&V of advanced codes: state of practice (VUQ work in NEAMS, CASL, etc.)
- Day 2 - morning: Validation of multi-physics simulation: Needs and Challenges (including input from NRC & industry)
- Day 2 - afternoon: Validation of multi-physics simulation: Approaches and best practices (including a panel discussion)
- Day 3 - morning: Validation of multi-physics simulation codes: developments of methods & tools (work-in-progress)
- Day 3 - afternoon: Data needs, validation experiments, Hi2Lo. Panel on Collaborative efforts and coordination.


RSICC Deploys Secure Cloud Server

RSICC would like to inform our customers that we are deploying a secure cloud computing system that will be made available to our customers that meet following criteria:

1. The individual is from a country for which a specific export authorization would be required;
2. The individual would likely be denied or have restricted access to software; and
3. It is in the interest of the U.S. government to provide access to the software.

Individuals that meet the criteria listed above and are in one of the following categories will automatically be considered for access:

1. Individuals that indicate that they are collaborating with US organizations such as US national laboratories or US universities;
2. Individuals that indicate that they are teaching or conducting research at US universities; and
3. Students at US universities.

Other individuals may be granted access to the secure cloud as requested by RSICC’s sponsors and approved by RSICC’s regulators.

RSICC will screen all requests for MCNP6.1, SCALE6.1 and RELAP5/MOD3.3 to determine if an individual qualifies for access to RSICC’s secure cloud computing system. The request will be submitted to our regulators. If approved, the customer will be required to provide specific information to RSICC and agree to certain terms and conditions before being granted access to the system. Individuals that are approved will not be permitted to utilize these codes except on RSICC's secure cloud computing system. If an individual is approved for access to RSICC's secure cloud computing system and does not consent to the terms and conditions, the individual's request will be mark as denied.

The deployment of this system will allow RSICC to grant use of certain codes to some of our customers who otherwise would not be authorized. RSICC would like to thank its sponsors, the Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration's Office of Nonproliferation and Arms Control, for supporting the development and deployment of this system.




Safety Analysis Report for Packaging (SARP)
Shielding/Criticality Safety Generalist and Analyst Courses
Developed and Conducted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Packaging Certification Program (PCP), Office of Packaging and Transportation, is offering Safety Analysis Report for Packaging (SARP) shielding and nuclear criticality safety (NCS) courses for SARP generalists and analysts.

The SARP Generalist Course is designed for project managers, supervisors, NCS/shielding subject matter experts (SME), or SMEs in non-NCS/shielding technical areas (e.g., structural, thermal, package design, etc.) who need to better understand how the NCS/shielding analyses fit in the broader SARP documentation. Specifically, the Generalist Course provides an overview of the regulations and guidelines for the criticality and shielding analysis for a SARP, and the course shows how the NCS/shielding chapters integrate with the other parts of the SARP. Students in the Generalist Course will review an actual SARP document after the course material is presented to emphasize the key elements of the shielding and criticality analyses.

The Analysts Course will provide detailed training on the radioactive material package shielding analyses and NCS evaluation fundamentals needed by analysts/practitioners (i.e., safety analysts and/or technical reviewers) to prepare and/or review technical analyses for the SARP documentation. The Analyst Course also provides an overview of regulations and guidelines in addition to detailed in-class exercises associated with the package shielding and NCS analyses. Regarding the in-class exercises, analysis teams will be faced with “staged” SARP examples in which several important decision processes in the generation of a SARP will be demonstrated and discussed.

Both the SARP Generalist and SARP Analyst Courses will be offered in Fiscal Year 2017.

•    The SARP Generalist Course will be held at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, TN, at the National Transportation Research Center, June 5-9, 2017.
•    The SARP Analyst Course will be held at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, TN, at the National Transportation Research Center, September 18-22, 2017.

Course registration information is available at the following website link: https://public.ornl.gov/conferences/sarp/index.shtml.

Contact Douglas G. Bowen by email or phone (865) 576-0315.



The Radiation Safety Information Computational Center (RSICC) is a Department of Energy Specialized Information Analysis Center (SIAC) authorized to collect, analyze, maintain, and distribute computer software and data sets in the areas of radiation transport and safety. RSICC resides in the Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division (RNSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.