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Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corp.
for the U.S. Department of Energy
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|No. 409||January 1999|
A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman, of the next generation.--J. F. Clarke
Habit is powerful. I must apologize for referring to NRC as the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Center instead of Commission. The NRC has not changed its name, only the Center that will handle its software distribution. It would seem that not only did I type what my eye has been trained to see, but my several proofreaders overlooked it as well until the hard copy of the newsletter was mailed. Though the hardcopy could not be corrected, the newsletter posted to the web is correct, at least with respect to the NRC.
Alice F. Rice
NRC Codes Made Available
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) software packages were transferred from the ESTSC to RSICC, and several were incorporated into the RSICC computer code collection. A newly frozen version of HABIT 1.1 replaced the one formerly available from ESTSC. Please browse the computer code abstracts available at RSICC's www site for more information on these packages.
CCC-666/IMPACTS BRC 2.1
Three changes or additions were made to the computer code collection during the month. Three new code systems were packaged and added to the collection. One change resulted from a foreign contribution.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington, contributed this code system for evaluation of control room habitability. HABIT 1.1 is a suite of computer codes designed for evaluating control room habitability in the event of an accidental release of toxic chemicals or radioactive materials. EXTRAN, CHEM, TACT5, FPFP_2, and CONHAB are included in the system. Given information about the design of a nuclear power plant, a scenario for the release of toxic chemicals or radionuclides, and information about the air flows and protection systems of the control room, HABIT can be used to estimate the chemical exposure or radiological dose to control room personnel. It runs on IBM-compatible PCs under DOS 5.0 or higher and can be run in a DOS window of Windows95. References: NUREG/CR-6210, PNNL-10496 (June 1996) and NUREG/CR-6210 Supplement 1 (September 1998). Fortran; IBM PC (C00665/IBMPC/00).
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, contributed this code system which processes DORT boundary-flux files to prepare input boundary sources for other DORT calculations. Note that DORT is not included in this package but is distributed within the CCC-650/DOORS code package. BSPRP2 handles both regular and variable-mesh geometries. Scale factors may be applied to normalize the source or to correct for streaming. [When correcting for streaming, the code assumes flat spatial distributions of the factors over two ranges and a cosine-power transition (varying by group) between the regions.] For the new DORT problem, the code will calculate a source for a different mesh and/or a different quadrature. Several options are available for converting the fluxes from one mesh/quadrature to another and for normalizing the output source to that for the portion of the input boundaries spanned by the output geometry. Direction-integrated group sources are printed after the mesh change and after the quadrature change if any. These should be the same values printed by DORT for a calculation using the new source.
The system runs on IBM RS/6000 under AIX 4.2 using the XLF Fortran 77 compiler. The package is transmitted on a CD-ROM which includes the BSPRP2 source files and test case input and output written as a compressed Unix tar file. Reference: ORNL Intra-Laboratory Correspondence (September 22, 1980). Fortran 77; IBM RS/6000 (P00372/IRISC/00).
Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland, through the Nuclear Energy Agency Data Bank, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France, contributed this code system to prepare broad-group neutron cross sections for use in diffusion and/or transport theory codes from an input library of fine group and pointwise cross sections. The code system, which is called MICROX-2, is an improved version of MICROX, developed at General Atomic. The MICROX-2 code can explicitly account for the overlap and interference effects between resonances in both the resonance and thermal neutron energy ranges and allows the simultaneous treatment of leakage and resonance self-shielding in doubly heterogeneous lattice cells. Using data from the pointwise and groupwise NJOY tapes, the included stand-alone MICROR reformatting program produces files containing basic nuclear data, FDTAPE, GAR and GGTAPE, to be used by two-region spectrum codes MICROX or MICROX-2 and by the two-region spectrum burn-up code MICROBURN. Note that NJOY is required to prepare input decks to the MICROR module and is not included in this package.
The neutron weighting spectrum is obtained by solving the B1 neutron balance equations at about 10000 energies in a one-dimensional (planar, spherical, or cylindrical), two-region unit cell. The regions are coupled by collision probabilities based upon spatially flat neutron emission. Energy dependent Dancoff factors and bucklings correct the one-dimensional cell calculations for multi-dimensional lattice effects. A critical buckling search option is also included. The inner region may include two different types of fuel particles (grains).
The PSI version of the MICROX-2 code operates on CRAY under Unicos 9 and DEC Alpha workstation running Unix 4.0C, as well as on an IBM PC. Installation requires a Lahey LF90 Fortran compiler for the IBM PC. Fortran 90 compilers are also required for installation on the CRAY J90, CRAY-Y/MP, or DEC computers. Included are the MICROX-2 and MICROR Fortran source codes, updates, makefiles, and selected ENDF/B data sets for test cases, sample problem input and output. The package is transmitted on CD-ROM in both Unix and DOS formats. References: PSI Bericht Nr. 97-11 (November, 1997), TM-41-97-17 (November, 1997), EIR-Beiricht Nr. 539 (December, 1984). Fortran 90; CRAY, DEC ALPHA, IBM PC (P00374/MNYCP/00).
In the December 1996 Newsletter, the release of CCC-662/EASY4.1 was announced. The UKAEA, Fusion, Culham Science Centre, United Kingdom, developed and contributed this multipurpose activation and transmutation code system called European Activation System (EASY 4.1). In the announcement AEA Technology was erroneously credited for the contribution. We apologize for the mistake.
CONFERENCES, COURSES, SYMPOSIA
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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 include:
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.
The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) 1999 Annual Meeting will be held April 7-8, 1999, in Arlington, Virginia. 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/.
The Second International Conference Nuclear and Radiation Physics (ICNRP '99), will be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, June 7-10, 1999. It is sponsored by the Institute of Nuclear Physics of National Nuclear Center of Republic of Kazakhstan. The program is planned around the following topics:
The application form for participation and submission of your work may be obtained from Kislitsin Sergey, Institute of Nuclear Physics NNC RK, Ibragimov Street,1, Almaty 480082 Kazakhstan (phone 7-3272-545143; 7-3272) 546467: fax: (7) 3272546517: email: email@example.com). The registration form should be sent by e-mail, fax or mail not later then March 15, 1999. One-page abstracts are due by April 1, 1999.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 email@example.com). 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.
OECD NEA Data Bank
12 Bd des Iles
Tel.+33 1 45 24 10 72; Fax +33 1 45 24 11 10; www http://www.nea.fr; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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
"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 email@example.com. 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.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 email@example.com).
SARPA-SAAPMB 1999 Joint Autumn School and Congress, May 11-14, 1999, Hartbeespoort, South Africa, sponsored by the AEC of SA Ltd. Contact: Suzi Van Eck, Conference Secretary, AEC - Building 2100B, P.O. Box 582 Pretoria 0001, South Africa (phone 27 (0)12 316.6034/5888, fax + 27 (0)12 316.6207, email firstname.lastname@example.org, url http://www.nml.csir.co.za/sarpa/conferen.htm).
ICNRP '99, Second International Conference Nuclear and Radiation Physics, June 7-10, 1999, Almaty, Kazakhstan. Contact: Kislitsin Sergey, Institute of Nuclear Physics NNC RK, Ibragimov Street,1, Almaty 480082 Kazakhstan (phone 7-3272-545143; 7-3272) 546467: fax: (7) 3272546517: email: email@example.com).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
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).
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: email@example.com) or Dr. Hamid Ait Abderrahim (32-14-332277, fax 32- 14-321529, email firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 email@example.com).
6th International Conference on Nuclear Criticality Safety, September 20-24, 1999, Versailles, France. Contact: http://www.ipsn.fr/icnc99/.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, url http://icrs9.tokai.jaeri.go.jp).