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No. 408 December 1998
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RSICC Becomes NRC Code Center
MCNP Visual Editor Training Class
The First Latin American Symposium on Nuclear Tracks
Radiation Protection in Medicine: Contemporary Issues
Third International Conference on Isotopes
SCALE Criticality Safety Training Course--Europe
Tenth International Symposium on Reactor Dosimetry

RSICC Becomes NRC Code Center

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will use RSICC for their software distribution center starting January 1999. The Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research, which has responsibility for the NRC-sponsored computer codes, will transfer the codes from the Engineering Science and Technology Software Center (ESTSC) to RSICC by December 31, 1998. The computer codes will be available after processing and repackaging. A new WWW site at http://www-rsicc.ornl.gov/nrc/default.htm will list the NRC codes available for distribution as well as their abstracts and a keyword search to help users to find desired software.


One new code system was added to the computer code collection during the month resulting from a foreign contribution.

AEA Technology, Culham, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, contributed a multipurpose activation and transmutation code system called European Activation System (EASY 4.1). EASY is a complete tool for the calculation of activation in materials exposed to neutrons and can be used for any application (fusion, transmutation, fission and accelerator) where the neutron energy does not exceed 20 MeV. It consists of the inventory code FISPACT-4.10, which solves a set of stiff first order differential equations by means of a numerical method, and the FENDL-2.0 activation file, which contains various libraries of nuclear data. Both Fortran 77 and C compilers are required to run EASY, which executes on IBM RS/6000, IBM SP2, Sun, HP and DEC Alpha workstations. The package is transmitted on CD-rom as a compressed Unix tar file which contains source files, scripts, Makefiles, data libraries, test cases, and documentation files. References: UKAEA FUS 287 (April 1995), INDC(NDS)-362 (April 1997). Fortran 77 and C; IBM RS/6000, Sun, HP and DEC Alpha workstations (C00662/MNYWS/00).


One newly frozen version of an existing data library was added to the data library collection during the month.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and the OECD/NEA Data Bank, Paris, contributed a newly frozen version of this archive and database for shielding benchmark experiments. For the SINBAD 98 release, six fusion shielding benchmarks were added, as well as two intermediate energy accelerator benchmarks for a total of 33 benchmarks. Work on follow-up versions of SINBAD will provide more benchmarks in fission, fusion, and accelerator shielding with new additions in radioactive waste and medical applications. The benchmark information fully describes the experimental parameters in a modern-day computational model. All relevant engineering details of the experimental configuration are included with the physics equations and theory to provide the user with an understanding of the principles of the benchmark and the manner in which data were collected. The full benchmark information includes the source of radiation, its energy, angle, and strength; the materials tested, their compositions, tolerances, temperatures, and physical arrangement; and the detectors, their locations, data results, resolution limits, response curves and unfolding code references. Included are statistical error analyses of the measurements.

A SINBAD search engine is included in the new release. The data are provided in HTML 3.1 format. The highly graphical and tabular nature of the benchmark data makes the hypertext links within the main HTML document very user friendly. The data files may be used in PC compatible systems that runWindows 3.1 or higher or on UNIX systems. The Windows 95 SINBAD search engine displays abstracts, experiments, and computational HTML information via the user's browser. A simple or complex search involving many aspects of the experiments of interest are ways SINBAD assists the users to get to pertinent information. A simple UNIX keyword search engine has been included with the HTML files for workstation users.

The 1-2-page abstracts, which completely specify the major components of each benchmark, are available on the Radiation Safety Information Computational Center WEB site at http://www-rsic.ornl.gov/ BENCHMARKS.html and at the OECD/NEA WEB site at http://www.nea.fr/html/dbprog. A user may check the updates to SINBAD and benchmarks being prepared for release at the above WEB sites. References: Unpublished report (1998). Unix workstations or PC (D00191/ALLCP/01).


RSICC attempts to keep its users/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 raf@ornl.gov. 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.

MCNP Visual Editor Training Class

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is offering an MCNP visual editor (MCNP-VISED) training class from March 15-18, 1999. The class will combine teaching on MCNP physics, along with instructions on how to use the visual editor. Computer demonstrations and exercises will focus on creating and interrogating input files with the visual editor. Demonstrations of advanced visualization work using MCNP will also be made. The class will be taught on Pentium computers running the Linux operating system. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own input files for viewing and modifying in the visual editor. The four-day class will cost $1250 with the option of paying an additional $250 to get the RSICC code package with the visual editor source code. The deadline for signing up is February 15. Additional information is available at http://www.pnl.gov/health/health_prot/ved/ved.html.

Class Schedule
Day 1

Intro to MCNP

Intro to visual editor (History, overview, slides)

Using Linux, setting up the environment (Xdefaults, vised.defaults), reading in files, displaying geometries

Exercise in using the visual editor to display geometries

Modeling the Geometry

Creating simple geometries in the visual editor

Exercise in creating and changing simple geometries

The random walk

Day 2

The MCNP source

Plotting the source in the visual editor, presentation and exercise

MCNP tallies, the fm card, etc.

Advanced visualization showcase

MCNP materials and cross sections

Creating materials and a using a material library

Exercises using visual editor materials

Open interaction

Day 3

Precision and accuracy, variance reduction

Dynamically creating importances in the visual editor, presentation and exercise

Splitting cells in the visual editor, presentation and exercise

Creating ducts in the visual editor, presentation and exercise

Technology showcase, complex MCNP lattice model

Creating a lattice in the visual editor

Exercises in creating a lattice

Open interaction

Day 4

Transformations in the visual editor, presentation and exercise

Important MCNP Data Cards

The MCNP FORTRAN code, making modifications

The visual editor source code, making modifications

Technology Showcase, Detector response example

Creating a complete input file using the visual editor, exercise

Future of the visual editor, bugs, new features

Open interaction

Checks payable to Battelle (checks must be in US dollars on a US bank) should be sent to:

c/o Randy Schwarz, MS K8-34
P.O. Box 999
Richland, WA 99352

If you prefer to register using MasterCard or Visa, call Randy Schwarz (509-372-4042) and provide your number and expiration date. To sign up for the class send the following information to randy.schwarz@pnl.gov and include VIS-ED in the subject line.


The First Latin American Symposium on Nuclear Tracks

The First Latin American Symposium on Nuclear Tracks will be held April 5-9, 1999, in Caracas, Venezuela. The symposium will be devoted to the review of present knowledge of nuclear track science and technology and its applications in physics, health, environmental studies, earth sciences and industry. Participants are encouraged to submit one-page abstracts, even if they might be seen as preliminary results. The list of suggested topics are:

  • Basic Physical Processes Related to Track Formation
  • Track Observation and Measurement Methodology
  • Environmental Radiation and Radon Studies
  • Radiation Dosimetry
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Geoscience
  • Medical Physics and Radiobiology
  • Archaeology
  • Industry
  • New Trends in Nuclear Tracks Science and Technology

Abstracts with the complementary registration page can be sent in three ways by February 15, 1999:

1. By fax to one the following numbers:

(+58-2) 906-3155 (Laboratorio de Física Nuclear, USB)
(+58-2) 906-3888 (Laboratorio de Física Nuclear, USB)
(+58-2) 605-2188 (Escuela de Física, Facultad de Ciencias, UCV)

2. By email to one of the following addresses:


3. Send the abstract either by fax or email and then proceed with the electronic registration.

Details may be found on the internet at http://fisica.ciens.ucv.ve/~rmartin/1lasont/1lasont.html.

Radiation Protection in Medicine: Contemporary Issues

The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) has released the program for the 1999 Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held April 7-8, 1999, in Arlington, Virginia. In keeping with its mission to formulate and disseminate information, guidance and recommendations on radiation protection and measurements which represent the consensus of leading scientific thinking, the theme of the meeting is Radiation Protection in Medicine: Contemporary Issues. A summary of the program topics is available in the October issue of the RSICC Newsletter. No registration fee is required, but those wishing to attend should register in advance with the NCRP office (Suite 800, 7910 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814-3095, phone 301-657-2652) or at the meeting reception desk. Additional information about the organization and meeting is available at the following web site: http://www.ncrp.com/.

Third International Conference on Isotopes

The Third International Conference on Isotopes (3ICI) follows successful meetings in Beijing (1995) and Sydney (1997). 3ICI will be held in the Renaissance Hotel in Vancouver, Canada, September 6-10, 1999. 3ICI will be hosted by TRIUMF, Canada's national accelerator facility and a major center for isotope production and applications in research and medicine. The conference is being organized in conjunction with the Canadian Chapter meeting of the International Isotope Society.

The scientific program will consist of plenary and parallel oral sessions in conjunction with poster presentations. Topics will include the following:

  • Radioisotope production & imaging
  • Stable isotope purification techniques
  • Applications of isotope tracers in industry
  • Use of isotopes in environmental studies
  • Radiochemical synthesis
  • Radiopharmaceutical preparation
  • Radiation safety aspects at isotope facilities
  • Opportunities for technology transfer
  • Isotopic labeling with tritium
  • Radiocarbon and dating techniques
  • Applications in soil science and agriculture
  • Other (depending on subject emphasis of submitted papers)

Persons interested in presenting an oral or poster paper should prepare a one page abstract in accord with the instructions on the web page: http://www.triumf.ca/3ici/. Further information is available from Ms. Elly M. Driessen, TRIUMF, 4004 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, B.C., Canada V6T 2A3 (phone 604-222-7352, fax 604-222-1074, email ici@triumf.ca).

SCALE Criticality Safety Training Course--Europe

We have received several requests from SCALE users for organising the next SCALE training course in Europe. As you may know already, from 20-24 September 1999 the "International Conference on Nuclear Criticality Safety (ICNC'99)" will take place in Versailles, France; http://www.ipsn.fr/icnc99/. We have found it therefore convenient to organise this training course the week before that conference. This will facilitate both attendance in the criticality safety training course and be part of the last major event in criticality safety of this decade (sorry but I shall not use the term millennium).

We plan to hold this training course in the premises of the French National Institute for Nuclear Science and Techniques (INSTN) located about 6 miles from Versailles. The course will be given by the authors and code managers from the ORNL (http://www.cad.ornl.gov/scale).

The technical programme of the workshop has been designed by Steve Bowman, SCALE Project Leader, Computational Physics & Engineering Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (phone +1 423-574-5263, fax+1 423-576-3513, email st5@ornl.gov). An attendance certificate will be delivered at the end of the course. This course is organised in co-operation with the Radiation Safety Information Computational Center (RSICC). Should you be interested in participating, please return the form by 31 December 1998. More precise information, including the exact participation fee, location, transportation and accommodation possibilities will be provided later.

Best regards,
Enrico Sartori
OECD NEA Data Bank
12 Bd des Iles
92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux

Tel.+33 1 45 24 10 72; Fax +33 1 45 24 11 10; www http://www.nea.fr; e-mail sartori@nea.fr

The SCALE KENO VI Criticality Course focuses on KENO VI and the associated criticality analysis sequences in CSAS. This version of KENO can handle triangular pitch fuel such as that required for VVER lattices. A registration form is included at the back of this newsletter. The number of registrants for each course is limited. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come basis.

Tenth International Symposium on Reactor Dosimetry

The Tenth International Symposium on Reactor Dosimetry will be held September 12-17, 1999, in Osaka, Japan. About every three years this symposium provides a forum for the interchange of state-of-the-art techniques, databases and standardization of radiation metrology. The Symposium will be of value to those involved in reactor dosimetry, including researchers, manufacturers and representatives from industry, utilities and regulatory agencies. The Symposium is jointly sponsored by the Atomic Energy Society of Japan (AESJ), the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and the European Working Group on Reactor Dosimetry (EWGRD). It is organized by ASTM Committee E10 on Nuclear Technology and Applications and EWGRD.

The Symposium theme is dosimetry for the assessment of irradiated reactor materials and reactor experiments, featuring radiation metrology techniques, databases and standardization. Inquiries and requests to be added to the mailing list should be sent to one of the following:

North & South America, East & Southeast Asia:

Dr. David W. Vehar
ASTM Program Secretary
Sandia National Laboratories, MS-1136
P.O. Box 5800, Albuquerque, NM 87185-1136, USA

Phone: 505-845-3414, fax: 505-844-0798
email: dwvehar@sandia.gov

Europe, Africa, Asia (other), and Australia:

Dr. Hamid Ait Abderrahim
EWGRD Programme Secretary
Boeretang 200, B-2400 Mol, BELGIUM

Phone: 32-14-332277, fax: 32-14-321529
email: haitabde@sckcen.be


"Half a Century of Radiation Shielding Research and Its Evolution into the Next Era" is the theme for the 9th International Conference on Radiation Shielding to be held October 17-22, 1999, in Tsukuba, Japan. It is sponsored and organized by the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute and co-sponsored by the OECD-Nuclear Energy Agency-Nuclear Science Committee (NEA-NSC), Atomic Energy Society of Japan (AESJ), and the Radiation Safety Information Computational Center (RSICC). Participants in the conference explore the scientific, technological and engineering issues associated with radiation shielding in broad nuclear energy systems, accelerator facilities, space and general environments. Detailed information about the conference may be obtained from Yujiro Ikeda, Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Tokai Research Establishment, Neutron Science Research Center, Spallation Neutronics Laboratory, Tokai-mura, Naka-gun, Ibaraki-ken 319-11 Japan (phone 81-29-282-6074, fax 81-29-282-5709, email ikeda@fnshp.tokai. jaeri.go.jp) or from the web page at http://icrs9.tokai.jaeri.go.jp.


Your attention is directed to the following events of interest.

March 1999

1999 Hardened Electronics and Radiation Technology (HEART), March 8-12, 1999, Monterey, California. Contact: Ralph Nadell, Palisades Institute, Suite 1006, 201 Varick St., New York, NY 10014 (phone 212-620-3341, fax 212-620-3379).

April 1999

First Latin American Symposium on Nuclear Tracks and Radiation, April 5-9, 1999, Caraças, Venezuela, Institute for Advanced Studies, Convention Centre. Contact: Professor Laszlo Sajo, Universidad Simon Bolivar, FE-1, Apdo 89000, Caracas, Venezuela, (phone 58-2-906- 3590, fax 58-2-906-3712, email lsajo@fis.usb.ve).

35th Annual Meeting of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, Apr. 7-8, 1999, Arlington, Virginia. Contact: NCRP, Suite 800, 7910 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814-3095 (phone 301-657-2652, fax 301-907-8768, email ncrp@ncrp.com).

June 1999

Conference on Radionuclide Metrology and its Application, June 7-11, 1999, Prague. Contact: Pavel Dryák, Czech Metrological Institute, Radiova 1, CZ 102 00 Prague, Czech Republic (phone 420-2-67008244, fax 420-2-67008466, email pdryak@cmi.cz).

August 1999

Computational Methods in Reactor Analysis and Shielding, Aug. 16-20, 1999, Knoxville, Tennessee, a short course offered by the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Contact: T. W. Kerlin, Dept. of Nuclear Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-2300 (phone 423-974-2525, fax 423-974-0668).

Nuclear Criticality Safety, Aug. 16-20, 1999, Knoxville, Tennessee, a short course offered by the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Contact: T. W. Kerlin, Dept. of Nuclear Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-2300 (phone 423-974-2525, fax 423-974-0668).

Monte Carlo Analysis, Aug. 16-20, 1999, Knoxville, Tennessee, a short course offered by the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Contact: T. W. Kerlin, Dept. of Nuclear Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-2300 (phone 423-974-2525, fax 423-974-0668).

September 1999

3rd International Conference on Isotopes, September 6-10, 1999, Vancouver, Canada. Contact http://www.triumf.ca/3ici/.

Tenth International Symposium on Reactor Dosimetry, Sept. 12-17, 1999, in Osaka, Japan. Contact: Dr. David W. Vehar (505-845-3414, fax 505-844-0798, email: dwvehar@sandia.gov) or Dr. Hamid Ait Abderrahim (32-14-332277, fax 32- 14-321529, email haitabde@sckcen.be).

SCALE Criticality Course (KENO V.a), Sept. 13-17, 1999, INSTN, Saclay, France. Contact: Enrico SARTORI, OECD/NEA Data Bank, Le Seine-Saint Germain, 12 boulevard des Iles, F- 92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux, FRANCE (Tel+33 (0)1 45 24 10 72; Fax+33 (0)1 45 24 11 10; E-mail sartori@nea.fr).

6th International Conference on Nuclear Criticality Safety, September 20-24, 1999, Versailles, France. Contact: http://www.ipsn.fr/icnc99/.

October 1999

Half a Century of Radiation Shielding Research and Its Evolution into the Next Era (ICRS-9), Oct. 17-22, 1999, Tsukuba, Japan, sponsored and organized by the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute. Contact: Yujiro Ikeda, Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Tokai Research Establishment, Neutron Science Research Center, Spallation Neutronics Laboratory, Tokai-mura, Naka-gun, Ibaraki-ken 319-11 Japan (phone 81-29-282-6074, fax 81-29-282-5709, email ikeda@fnshp.tokai.jaeri.go.jp, url http://icrs9.tokai.jaeri.go.jp).


The following literature cited has been reviewed and placed in the RSICC Information Storage and Retrieval Information System (SARIS), now searchable on the RSICC web server (http://www-rsicc.ornl.gov/SARIS.html). This early announcement is made as a service to the shielding community. Copies of the literature are not distributed by RSICC. They may generally be obtained from the author or from a documentation center such as the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), Department of Commerce, Springfield, Virginia 22161. For literature listed as available from INIS contact INIS Clearinghouse, International Atomic Energy Agency, P.O. Box 100, A-1400 Vienna.

Radiation Shielding Literature

Health Phys., 75, 630-639 . . . Radon Exhalation Rates and Gamma Doses from Ceramic Tiles. . . O'Brien, R.S.; Aral, H.; Peggie, J.R. . . . December 1998 . . . Australian Radiation Laboratory, Victoria Australia; CSIRO Division of Minerals, Victoria, Australia.

Health Phys., 75, 619-629 . . . Neutron Measurements in the Stray Field Produced By 158 GeV c-1 Per Nucleon Lead Ion Beams. . . . Agosteo, S.; Birattari, C.; Foglio-Para, A.; Nava, E.; Silari, M.; Ulrici, L. . . . December 1998 . . . Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy; Universita di Milano, Milan, Italy; CERN, Geneva, Switzerland; Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Milan, Italy.

Report 98-07 . . . A Monte-Carlo Code for Neutron Efficiency Calculations for Large Volume Gd-Loaded Liquid Scintillation Detectors. . . . Trzcinski, A.; Zwieglinski, B.; Lynen, U.; Pochodzalla, J. . . . October 1998 . . . Soltan Institute for Nuclear Studies, Warsaw, Poland; Gesellschaft fur Schweionenforschung, Darmstadt, Germany; Max-Planck Institut fur Kernphysik, Heidelberg, Germany.

JINR Rapid Communications 4[90]-98 25-32 . . . Fission of 209Bi, 232Th, 235U, 238U, and 237Np in a Spallation Neutron Field. . . . Nikovaev, V.A.; Vassil'kov, R.G.; Yurevich, V.I.; Yakovlev, R.M. . . . 1998.

JINR Rapid Communications 4[90]-98 39-44 . . . Gamma-Ray Multiplicities in Sub-Barrier Fission of 226Th. . . . Chubarian, G.G.; Hurst, B.J.; O'Kelly, D.J.; Schmitt, R.P.; Itkis, M.G.; Kondratiev, N.A.; K . . . 1998.

ANL/NDM-146 . . . Non-Destructive Assay of EBR-II Blanket Elements Using Resonance Transmission Analysis. . . . Klann, R.T.; Poenitz, W.P. . . . August 1998 . . . Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL.

INDC(CCP)-417 . . . Benchmarking of Evaluated Neutron Data for Vanadium by a 14 MeV Spherical Shell Transmission Experiment. . . . Simakov, S.P.; Devkin, B.V.; Fursov, B.I.; Kobozev, M.G.; Talalaev, V.A.; von Mollendorff, U . . . October 1998 . . . Institute of Physics and Power Engineering, Obninsk, Russia; Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany; Institute of Inorganic Materials, Moscow, Russia.

INDC(BLR)-013 . . . Fission Level Density and Barrier Parameters for Actinide Neutron-Induced Cross Section Calculations. . . . Maslov, V.M. . . . October 1998 . . . Radiation Physics & Chemistry Problems Institute, Minsk-Sosny, Belarus.

KEK Proceedings 98-4 . . . Radiation Detectors and Their Uses. . . . Sasaki, S.; Shibata, T.; Takahashi, H.; Nakazawa, M. eds. . . . August 1998 . . . High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, Ibaraki-ken, Japan. . . . Proceedings of the 12th Workshop on Radiation Detectors and Their Uses; 21-23 January 1998; KEK, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan..

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