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NEW PRICING MATRIX
RSICC continues to provide services related to the acquisition, testing, and distribution of codes and data to over 4000 active customers per year. Unfortunately, the support provided by our sponsors does not cover all the expenses required to operate the Center. Therefore RSICC finds it necessary to increase our cost recovery charges to supplement the funding provided by our sponsors. RSICC wishes to thank those offices within DOE and NRC which provide the support that helps keep costs down and quality up. The following cost recovery fees will be effective April 1, 2005.
News from ANS
Its always a pleasure to share good news with our readers and the RSICC staff congratulates the recipients whose achievements have been recognized by their peers. The following information is taken from the January/February 2005 edition of the ANS News.
Badruzzaman and Binney Elected ANS Fellows
During the 2004 Winter Meeting of the ANS two members were recognized as Fellows of the American Nuclear Society at the Honors and Awards Luncheon for their outstanding contributions to the advancement of nuclear science and technology.
Ahmed Badruzzaman was recognized for outstanding contributions to the field of advanced radiation transport methods and their utilization in the design of nuclear well-logging devices and development of their interpretation in complex reservoir conditions, his leadership in pushing nuclear logging research and development forward, and for proactively passing his knowledge to others through teaching. He has been a member of ANS since 1978 and is a staff research scientist at Chevron Texaco Energy Technology Co.
Stephen E. Binney, professor emeritus at Oregon State University, was recognized for distinguished service to nuclear engineering education and the engineering profession, for his skillful mentoring and guidance serving multiple generations of undergraduate and graduate students, and for his vision of cooperation between university research reactors, creating the Western Nuclear Science Alliance, which serves as a model for other regional consortia to follow.
Samim Anghaie, professor at the
John P. Gutteridge, director of University Programs at the U.S. Department of Energys Office of Nuclear Energy, Science, and Technology, was recognized for his dedication to nuclear engineering education and strong support for the academic and public education programs of the American Nuclear Society, . He has been tireless in his efforts to assist ANS with arranging new programs to foster the education of both students and the general public.
Atambir S. Rao, a member since 2001, was recognized for outstanding support of American Nuclear Society international activities. He is one of two founding members of the International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants (ICAPP) and has been general and program chair for ICAPP as it has become one the prime ANS international meetings. Also, he is recognized for his support and insights on a broad range of international activities on behalf of the Society.
Siegfried S. Hecker was awarded the Seaborg Medal for a lifetime career of excellence devoted to nuclear materials science, education and public service for fundamental scientific knowledge, and nuclear security for the benefit of all mankind. Hecker is a senior fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Mihail Balanescu was the recipient of
the Alvin M. Weinberg Award for singular contributions in and
major development of nuclear technology in
Richard N. Hwang received the Eugene P. Wigner Reactor Physicist Award presented in recognition of his outstanding development of novel methods for treating neutron resonances, including the multi-pole treatment for resolved resonances, an unresolved resonance treatment that is employed in computer codes throughout the world, and for significant improvements in Doppler broadening methods. Hwang, a senior physicist at Argonne National Laboratory, is an ANS Fellow.
George H. Miley was presented with the
Radiation Science and Technology Award for creative
contributions to radiation science and technology in furthering the
development of nuclear batteries, nuclear pumped lasers, and small
fusion-based neutron sources for industrial neutron activation analysis.
Miley is an ANS Fellow and has been a member since 1961. He is a professor in
the Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiation Department of the
Charles H. Moseley, Jr. received the Standard Service Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the ANS Standards Committee, particularly for leadership of the Standards Board, pioneering work on ANS 3.2 on operational quality assurance, and contributions to the Nuclear Facilities Standards Committee, as well as leadership roles with ASQ (the American Society for Quality) and ASME (the American Society of Mechanical Engineers). Moseley is manager of quality Programs at BWXT Y-12, LLC. He has been a member of the ANS since 1973.
The news of the death of Marshall
Neil Baldwin, 74, was to RSICC by Larry L. Wetzel.
Changes to the Computer Code and Data Collection
PREPRO2004 is written in standard Fortran. UNIX, Linux and OpenVMS systems require X11 for the graphics capability. For use on PCs running Windows or Linux and on PowerMAC, the distribution includes ready-to-use executables. All other systems require a Fortran compiler. PREPRO2004 was tested at RSICC on the following machines:
Pentium 4 under Windows 2000, Service Pack 4
Pentium 4 under WindowsXP, Service Pack 2
Dell PowerEdge 2300 running Linux - Red Hat ASP (Advanced Server) 3.1
AMD Athlon running RedHat Linux 7.3 Linux with Absoft Pro Fortran 8.0
IBM RS/6000 Model 590 running AIX 5.1 with XL Fortran 08.01.0000.0003
SunOS 5.9 with Sun WorkShop 6 update 1 Fortran 95 6.1 2000/09/11
DEC Alpha OSF1 Tru64 with V5.1A HP Fortran Compiler V5.5A-3548-48D88
The package is transmitted on a CD which contains the referenced document in electronic form and five machine-dependent compressed files. The extracted directories contain Fortran 77 source files, executables for PC and MAC, sample input and output, and information files. Reference: IAEA-NDS-39, Rev. 12 (November 22, 2004). Fortran 77 on IBM PC and PowerMAC, DEC Vax, Sun, IBM RS/6000 (P00351/MNYCP/04).
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,
As distributed, the original evaluated data include cross sections represented in the form of a combination of resonance parameters and/or tabulated energy-dependent cross sections, nominally at 0 Kelvin. For use in applications this library has been processed into the form of temperature-dependent cross sections at eight neutron reactor-like temperatures, between 0 and 2100 Kelvin, in steps of 300 Kelvin. It has also been processed to five astrophysics-like temperatures, 1, 10, 100 eV, 1, and 10 keV. For reference purposes, 300 Kelvin is approximately 1/40 eV, so that 1 eV is approximately 12,000 Kelvin. At each temperature the cross sections are tabulated and linearly interpolable in energy.
POINT2004 contains all of the evaluations in the ENDF/B-VI general purpose library, which contains evaluations for 328 materials (isotopes or naturally occurring elemental mixtures of isotopes). No special purpose ENDF/B-VI libraries, such as fission products, thermal scattering, or photon interaction data are included.
The PSR-351/PREPRO2002 code system was used to process the ENDF/B data. Any codes which treat the ENDF/B-VI format can be used as data retrieval programs.
In this library each evaluation is stored as a separate file. The entire library is in the computer independent ENDF/B-VI character format, which allows the data to be easily transported between computers. The entire library requires approximately 4 Gb of storage. Reference: UCRL-TR-202284 (April 1, 2004). ASCII data; PC or workstation (D00219/MNYCP/00).
CONFERENCES, COURSES, SYMPOSIA
RSICC attempts to keep its users and contributors advised of conferences, courses, and symposia in the field of radiation protection, transport, and shielding through this section of the newsletter. Should you be involved in the planning/organization of such events, feel free to send your announcements and calls for papers via email to email@example.com with conferences in the subject line by the 20th of each month. Please include the announcement in its native format as an attachment to the message. If the meeting is on a website, please include the url.
Every attempt is made to ensure that the links provided in the Conference and Calendar sections of this newsletter are correct and live. However, the very nature of the web creates the possibility that the links may become unavailable. In that case, please call or mail the contact provided. Below is a chronological list of the conferences. More details (if available) are provided following the table.
Condensed Table of Conferences
Monte Carlo 2005 Topical Meeting
Register now for Monte Carlo 2005 to be held April 1721, 2005, (SundayThursday).
The deadline for early registration and hotel reservations is March 26.
The theme of the conference is The Monte Carlo Method: Versatility
Unbounded in A Dynamic Computing World. The
conference site is the Chattanooga Marriott and Convention Center in
Conference topics will include: Methods Advancements (Physics) (proton transport, neutron transport, gamma transport, electron transport, heavy ion transport); Nuclear Data Advancements (proton transport, neutron transport, gamma transport, electron transport, heavy ion transport); Mathematical and Computational Advances (experiments & benchmarks, mathematical advances, computational advances, visualization); Applications (reactor, medical, accelerator, neutron science, dosimetry, shielding, fuel cycle, waste management, space & aviation, fusion, criticality safety, non-nuclear applications).
The website is http://MonteCarlo2005.org. Full papers are due March 18, 2005. For information contact Bernadette Kirk (firstname.lastname@example.org, 865-574-6176), General Chair, or Jeff Johnson (email@example.com, 865-574-5262), Technical Chair.
Using MCNP5 for Medical Physics Applications
Sponsor: Computational Medical Physics Working Group
Sunday, April 17, 2005, 15 pm at the Monte Carlo 2005 Conference at the Chattanooga Convention Center, Chattanooga, Tennessee. (http://MonteCarlo2005.org)
Using MCNP5 for Medical Physics Applications, will be led by Tim Goorley of the MCNP Development Team, X-5, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Dick Olsher of HSR - 4, Los Alamos National Laboratory.
1) Overview of new MCNP5 features
a) Mesh tallies,
b) Photon Doppler Broadening,
c) > 2.1 billion histories,
d) Lattice tally enhancements
2) Geometries and Modelling
a) MIRD Phantoms,
b) CT_based geometries
a) Calculating dose w/ different tallies,
b) Flux to Kerma factors (DE DF cards),
c) Calculating reaction rates
a) S(alpha, beta) neutron scattering treatment,
b) Simple variance reduction,
c) Benchmarking Studies - QUADOS,
d) using PTRAC file for coincident counting.
National Conference on Radiation Control
The 37th Annual National Conference on
Radiation Control will be held April 2528, 2005, in
2005 International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants (2005 ICAPP)
The 2005 International Congress on Advances
in Nuclear Power Plants will be held from May 1519, 2005, in
Water-Cooled Reactor Programs and Issues,
High Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactors,
Long-Term Reactor Programs and Strategies,
Operations, Performance and Reliability Management,
Plant Safety Assessment and Regulatory Issues,
Thermal Hydraulic Analysis and Testing,
Core and Fuel Cycle Concepts and Experiments,
Materials and Structural Issues,
Visit the website http://www.icapp2005.org to find
out more about the 2005 ICAPP in
MCNP Intermediate/Advanced Class
Intermediate/Advanced MCNP Topics class for the MCNP (Monte Carlo N-Particle)
transport code will be held in
Advanced classes are for people with MCNP experience who want to extend their knowledge and gain depth of understanding. Most areas of MCNP operation will be discussed in detail, with emphasis on advanced geometry, advanced variance reduction techniques, and other advanced features of the program. Time will be available to discuss approaches to specific problems of interest to students.
The class fee includes a notebook with all class viewgraphs (over 300) and handouts. Dinner the first evening is included as part of your registration fee and snacks and refreshments are provided during class breaks.
All classes provide interactive computer learning. Time will be available to discuss individual questions and problems with MCNP experts. To register for the class, go to http://www-xdiv.lanl.gov/x5/MCNP/classinformation.html.
Lead Teachers: Drs. John Hendricks, Gregg McKinney, Laurie Waters
Organizer: HQC Professional Services Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
the LANL all-particle, all-energy (eV-TeV)
The workshops include hands-on instruction, generally on PC Windows machines. Subject to participant export approval for the MCNPX beta test team, participants will be able to access the Fortran-90 version of MCNPX 2.4, the LA150 (150 MeV) cross-section data for over 40 isotopes for incident neutrons and protons and 12 for photonuclear interactions, and a notebook of viewgraphs.
Follow-up consultation for class participants will be provided.
The classes are taught by experienced MCNPX code developers and instructors. More information on code versions and capabilities is available at MCNPX Workshops web site http://mcnpxworkshops.com.
Electron-Photon Transport Modelling with PENELOPE-2005 Physics, Code Structure and Operation
PENELOPE is being updated to include several
new features and an updated database. An advanced
training course/workshop entitled Electron-Photon Transport Modelling with
PENELOPE-2005 - Physics, Code Structure and Operation is scheduled
for July 47, 2005, at the Facultat de Fisica
(ECM), Universitat de Barcelona, Diagonal 647, 08028
course is addressed to researchers in radiation physics and its applications.
The main objective is to
provide the participants with a detailed description of PENELOPE-2005 with an ample perspective on
Accommodation at the facilities of the University will be available and the weather is known to be very pleasant then. The deadline for registration is April 30, 2005. Links to the syllabus and registration form may be found at http://www.nea.fr/html/dbprog/Newsletter/Dec2004.htm#training.
International Topical Meeting on Mathematics and Computation, Supercomputing, Reactor Physics and Nuclear and Biological Applications
International Topical Meeting on Mathematics and Computation, Supercomputing,
Reactor Physics and Nuclear and Biological Applications will be held
at the Palais des Papes,
The meeting offers an environment for interdisciplinary exchange among researchers in the nuclear field and comprises 19 General Technical sessions and 13 Invited Technical sessions. Details on the sessions and on the organization of the meeting are given at the web site: http://mcavignon2005.cea.fr/.
Papers are solicited in all areas of computational and mathematical methods and related disciplines including reactor physics, material sciences, shielding, fluid-dynamics, medical and biological applications, environmental sciences, fundamental mathematics and benchmarking.
We are now less than one year from the meeting dates and our web has been opened for the submission of extended summaries (1000 words < 1500 words). The deadline for summary submission is January 15, 2005. Instructions on summary submission are given in the web pages under the Authors button.
Practical MCNP for the Health Physicist, Medical Physicist, and Rad Engineer
DATES: June 6 10, 2005 (4.5 days)
FEE: $1,450 per person
The course is offered by the Health Physics Measurements Group at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and is co-sponsored by RSICC.
is available online at: http://drambuie.lanl.gov/~esh4/mcnp.htm.
Make checks payable to
Inquiries regarding registration and class space availability should be made to David Seagraves, 505-667-4959, fax: 505-665-7686, email: email@example.com. Technical questions may be directed to Dick Olsher, 505-667-3364; email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that this course is separate from and independent of the courses being offered by the MCNP and MCNPX Teams at LANL.
Nuclear Applications of Accelerator Technology AccApp05
The forthcoming International Topical Meeting
on Nuclear Applications of Accelerator Technology (AccApp'05) is the seventh in a series of
international meetings of the Accelerator Applications Division of the ANS. It is scheduled for August
28September 1, 2005, on the
Eleventh International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics
NURETH is the foremost international
technical meeting on nuclear technology thermal hydraulics. The NURETH-11
meeting will be held in the historic Palace of the Popes in
Reactor Dosimetry - 12th International Symposium
Approximately every three years the ASTM
International Committee E10 on Nuclear Technology and Applications and the European Working Group on Reactor
Dosimetry organize a symposium on reactor dosimetry. The 12th
International Symposium on Reactor Dosimetry will be held in
Forty-First Annual Meeting of the National Council on
Radiation Protection and Measurements, Mar. 3031, 2005,
AIChE Spring National Meeting, Apr. 1014, 2005,
12th International Symposium on Reactor Dosimetry, May
Radiation Transport Calculations Using the EGS Monte
Carlo System, May 913, 2005,
1st International Nuclear Chemistry Society (INCS), May
ANS Annual Summer Meeting, June 5-9, 2005,
MCNPX Introductory Workshop, June 1317, 2005,
PENELOPE-2005 Training Course, July 4-7, 2005,
12th International Conference on Emerging Nuclear
Energy Systems (ICENES 2005), Aug. 21-26, 2005,
Seventh Topical Conference on Nuclear Applications of Accelerator Technology AccApp05, Aug. 28-Sept. 1, 2005, Venice, Italy. For more information: http://www.nea.fr/listsmh/satif/pdf00004.pdf.
XIX Nuclear Physics Divisional Conference (NPDC19) of
the European Physical Society, Sept. 59, 2005,
International Topical Meeting on Mathematics and
Computation, Supercomputing, Reactor Physics and Nuclear Biological
Applications (M&C 2005), Sept. 1215, 2005,
2005 NCSD Topical Meeting, Sept. 1922, 2005,