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No. 417 September 1999
Let us always have in mind that every attempt in the history of the world to establish a loafer's paradise has wound up in a dictator's hell-hole.--Harold E. Stassen


Area Code Changes for RSICC

The area code for parts of East Tennessee is changing from 423 to 865 effective November 1, 1999. The transition period will extend to April 24, 2000, during which time both area codes can be used. This period should provide enough time for the customer to make all necessary changes in modems, faxes, automatic dialers, speed calling, pagers, and cellular phones for numbers dialed within the Knoxville-Oak Ridge region.



NRC Codes Made Available

Several U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) software packages which were transferred from the ESTSC to RSICC were incorporated into the RSICC computer code collection. Please browse the computer code abstracts available at RSICC's www site for more information on these packages.



PSR-432/PHAZE

PSR-443/SALE3D

PSR-444/FIRAC



Year 2000

Feedback from developers and users on issues related to Y2000 compatibility on RSICC-distributed codes is welcome and needed! Please contact RSICC via email or post related information on our electronic notebook. Updated information about Y2K issues in RSICC packages may be found at http://www-rsicc.ornl.gov/year2000.html. The following disclaimer applies to all RSICC-distributed codes/data libraries.

This material was prepared as an account of Government sponsored work and describes a code system or data library which is one of a series collected by the Radiation Safety Information Computational Center (RSICC). These codes/data were developed by various Government and private organizations who contributed them to RSICC for distribution; they did not normally originate at RSICC. RSICC is informed that each code system has been tested by the contributor, and, if practical, sample problems have been run by RSICC. Neither the United States Government, nor the Department of Energy, nor Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corporation, nor any person acting on behalf of the Department of Energy or Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corporation, makes any warranty, expressed or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, usefulness or functioning of any information code/data and related material, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government, the Department of Energy, Energy Systems, nor any person acting on behalf of the Department of Energy or Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corporation.



CHANGES TO THE COMPUTER CODE COLLECTION

Three changes were made to the computer code collection during the month. One new code system was added, an existing code package was replaced with a newly frozen version, and one code system was corrected.



Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois, contributed a newly frozen version of VENTURE-PC to overcome problem size constraints caused by binary record length limits inherent to the Fortran 90 compiler. The need for long records is detected and avoided by sub-blocking them. Also, the latest Lahey Fortran 95 compiler offers substantial speed gains on the newest processors. The source code was updated to be compatible with either Fortran 90 or Fortran 95. The VENTURE program solves the usual neutronics eigenvalue, adjoint, fixed source, and criticality search problems. It treats up to three dimensions, maps power density, and does first-order perturbation analysis at the macroscopic cross section level. The BURNER code solves the nuclide chain equations to estimate the nuclide concentrations and burnup at the end of an exposure time or after a shutdown period. The principle code modules included in the VENTURE-PC system are:

VENTURE: Multigroup neutronics finite-difference diffusion theory
BURNER: Exposure calculation for reactor core analysis
Other modules within VENTURE-PC are:
DVENTR: Venture input processor
DCRSPR: Neutron cross section processor
DUTLIN: Control file (CNTRL) input processor
DCMACR: Citation format cross section input processor
CRXSPR: Cross section processor
DENMAN: Fuel repositioning module


The system runs on any PC having 386, 486, Pentium, Pentium Pro, Pentium II, Pentium III, or Celeron processors. The resource needs are the same as those of the Windows operating system. At least 8 MB is required to run and 24 MB to compile. Executables were created using both Lahey Fortran 90 Version 4.50h and Lahey/Fujitsu Fortran 95 Version 5.50e. They run in a DOS window on Windows95/98/NT systems. The instruction set used on Pentium Pro processors and later is not compatible with earlier processors. The package is transmitted on 3 DS/HD (1.44 MB) diskettes in self-extracting compressed DOS files, which include source, executable, sample input and output files. References: EGG-2582, University of Cincinnati (January 1990) and Argonne National Lab memo (8 April 1997). Fortran 90 or Fortran 95 with Fortran 77 extensions; PC386, PC486, PC586, & PC686 (C00654/PC586/01).



Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, contributed a corrected version of this code system for multilevel R-matrix fits to neutron data using Bayes' equations. This interim release designated SAMMY-M2a is nearly identical to SAMMY-M2 released in February of 1999. The interim release corrects bugs found in the derivatives of capture and fission cross sections when multiple-scattering is included in the calculation. SAMMY is used for analyses of neutron-induced cross section data in the resolved resonance region, with new options permitting analysis of data in the unresolved resonance region as well. In the resolved region, theoretical cross sections are generated using the Reich-Moore approximation to R-matrix theory. Sophisticated models are used to describe the experimental situation: data-reduction parameters (e.g. normalization, background, or sample thickness) are included. Several options are included for both Doppler and resolution broadening. Self-shielding and single-scattering corrections are included for analysis of capture cross sections. Bayes' Theorem (generalized least squares) is used to find the "best fit" values of parameters and the associated covariance matrix.

SAMMY-M2a runs on the IBM RS/6000, on DEC Alpha computers under both Open/VMS and OSF1 operating systems, and on the PC using the RedHat LINUX operating system. The system was tested under AIX 4.2.1 using the XLF 5.1.1.0 Fortran compiler. The Linux system was installed under RedHat Vers. 5.1 with GNU gcc Version 2.7.2.3 and g77 Vers. 0.5.21. The package is transmitted on CD-ROM as a tar file which contains source codes, scripts, and test cases. Users who have the previous version, SAMMY-M2, released in February 1999 (P00158IRISC04), may contact RSICC to request the corrected source and output files if they prefer updating their existing system rather than obtaining the entire package again. References: Informal Notes and ORNL/TM-9179/R4 (December 1998). Fortran and C; DEC Alpha (Unix and VMS), IBM RS/6000, PC running Linux (P00158/IRISC/05).



Fluor Daniel Northwest, Richland, Washington, and the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, contributed this multigroup two-dimensional (r,z) transient neutron diffusion simulator with thermal hydraulic and computational fluid dynamics feedback for degraded-core geometry reactor accident modeling. ATHENA_2D was written to simulate a hypothetical water reflood of a highly-damaged light water reactor (such as the Three-Mile-Island Unit-2 after meltdown with a packed debris bed near the center of the core) but with insufficiently-borated reflood water. A recriticality transient may result because of the potentially more reactive debris bed. The system solves the transient multigroup neutron diffusion equations in (r,z) geometry. Executing in parallel with the transient neutronics is a single-phase computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model.

A reactor lattice computer code, such as WIMS-E, is required for the creation of macroscopic cross section libraries given pin-cell geometries. WIMS-E is a commercial product available from AEA Technologies, England; it is not included on the ATHENA_2D distribution CD. ATHENA-2D runs on either an IBM PC (Pentium-class) running Windows 95 or later, or Digital Equipment Corporation Alpha workstation or Unix workstation. The IBM PC executable included on the distribution CD was created using the Microsoft Fortran PowerStation 4.0 compiler. If color animations are desired of results, procedure files are included on the distribution CD for the PV-Wave software from Visual Numerics, Inc. However, this is not required to merely run ATHENA_2D. The package is transmitted on CD-ROM as a self-extracting DOS file and as a compressed Unix tar file. References: Ph.D. dissertation, UMI number: 9638022, University of Washington, (June 1996). Fortran 77; IBM PC, Sun, DEC Alpha (P00431MNYCP00).



ANS Awards

Several awards worth noting were presented during the Annual Meeting in Boston to members in the area of radiation shielding, safety, and transport.

Thomas H. Row was awarded a Presidential Citation for his dedication and commitment to the Society, particularly through his involvement with the Power Division. The citation reads in part, "His tenure has been marked by extraordinary support to ANS meetings and programs, the steady expansion of the annual Utility Working Conference, and many successful and exemplary special sessions, including the 14 special sessions at this Boston Annual Meeting. As chair of the Publications Steering Committee, he spearheaded Radwaste Magazine, and as a member of the Board of Directors for many years, he was instrumental in many strategic initiatives and programs on behalf of ANS." Row is senior staff assistant to the director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and has been a member of the ANS since 1960.

Harold L. Dodds was presented with the Arthur Holly Compton Award for outstanding contributions in nuclear science and engineering education. Prof. Dodds, an ANS member since 1971, is department head of the Nuclear Engineering Department at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Tennessee.

Rizwan Uddin received the Young Members Engineering Achievement Award in recognition of his work "on the stability of two-phase flow and its chaotic dynamics, his innovative development of nodal methods for thermal hydraulics, and his research on reactor homogenization for nodal diffusion methods." Uddin is a nuclear engineering professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been a member of the ANS since 1988.

Fredric C. Olds, president, Energy Communications and ANS member since 1968, was recognized with the Public Communications Award "For outstanding personal dedication and accomplishment throughout his career in developing consistently top-quality documents that further the understanding of nuclear science and technology and for public communication of noteworthy value to the nuclear community."



ANS Fellows

Three ANS Fellows were recognized during the 1999 ANS Annual Meeting in Boston in recognition of "notable original research or invention in the nuclear field, scientific or technical leadership in a nuclear enterprise of substantial scope, outstanding leadership as a teacher in the nuclear field, outstanding leadership in design, engineering, and operating efforts in the nuclear field, or outstanding efforts in the areas of nuclear health and safety and regulation."

Bertrand Barré, director, Nuclear Reactor Division, Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique, France, for "major technical and strategic leadership in light water reactor and fast breeder reactor development in implementing the ambitious French nuclear power program and naval nuclear propulsion undertaking; for his personal commitment in furthering extensively international nuclear cooperation with the United States, European countries, Russia, and Japan; and for championing the benefits of nuclear energy in France and abroad."

Ivan Catton, University of California-Los Angeles, for "leading the way in research on severe-accident phenomena, notably on debris bed dry out. He has also made seminal contributions to best-estimate accident analysis codes that have led to their acceptance in reactor regulation."

Kenneth D. Lewis, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, for "outstanding performance and contributions as a professional nuclear engineer in several key U. S. Department of Energy projects directly impacting national and world security, nuclear nonproliferation, and public health and safety."



Obituaries

Robert F. Mozley, professor emeritus of physics at Stanford University, died in May 1999 at the age of 82. A graduate of Harvard, he worked on radar technology during World War II. He received a doctorate at the University of California at Berkeley and took part in the construction of the world's first proton linear accelerator. He taught at Princeton and Stanford and retired in 1987. His work includes the publication of two books: Uranium Enrichment and Other Technical Problems Relating to Nuclear Weapons Proliferation and Politics and Technology of Nuclear Proliferation.



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 raf@ornl.gov with "conferences" in the subject line. 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.



SCALE KENO V.a Criticality Safety Course, November 1-5

The SCALE staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is offering a KENO V.a Criticality Safety Training Course November 1-5, 1999. The course focuses on KENO V.a and the associated criticality analysis sequences in CSAS. KENO V.a is a widely used 3-D multigroup Monte Carlo criticality safety analysis code that has been in use for approximately 15 years. KENO V.a is a fast, easy-to-use code that allows users to build complex geometry models using basic geometrical bodies of cuboids, spheres, cylinders, hemispheres, and hemicylinders. Two-dimensional color plots of the geometry model can be generated.

  • The course will emphasize hands-on experience solving practical problems on PCs.
  • No prior experience in the use of SCALE is required to attend.
  • There will be workgroups of two persons each.
  • The new KEN03D geometry visualization tool and the new CSPAN input GUI will be used.


The registration fee is $1,800. A copy of the SCALE software and manual on CD may be obtained for an additional fee of $250. Classes are cosponsored by RSICC. Additional information and registration form is available on the Web (http://www.cad.ornl.gov/cad_nea/text/trcourse.html). The registration fee must be paid by check or travelers check. We apologize that we are NOT able to accept credit card payments.

Class size is limited and courses are subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not obtained one month prior to the course. Please mail form and registration fee payment to:

SCALE Training Course
c/o Kay Lichtenwalter
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
P.O. Box 2008
Bldg. 6011
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6370
Phone: 423-574-9213
Fax: 423-574-3513
Email: x4s@ornl.gov



N'ocean 2000

An international workshop on Utilization of Nuclear Power in Oceans, N'ocean 2000, will be held February 21-24, 2000, Tokyo, Japan. It is sponsored and organized by Ship Research Institute, Ministry of Transport. Economical, environmental, and scientific effects, as well as benefits from the utilization of nuclear energy with respect to the ocean, will be discussed with international scientists, engineers and others who are interested in these topics. In order to fully respect the workshop mission, papers should concentrate on peaceful application of nuclear energy in oceans. The workshop is expected to lead to international joint research. Topics will include:

  • Marine Reactor
  • Nuclear-Powered Ice Breaker
  • Nuclear-Powered Deep-Sea Research Ship
  • Nuclear-Powered High-Speed Carrier
  • Concepts of Future Nuclear Ship
  • Safety of Nuclear Ship
  • Economy of Nuclear Ship
  • Nuclear Ship Engineering Simulation System
  • Barge for Nuclear Power Production, Heat Generation and Desalination
  • Radioactive Materials Transport Ship
  • Offshore/Undersea Nuclear Power Plant
  • Radioactive Materials Storage Facility in Ocean
  • Economical, Environmental and Scientific Effects
  • Laws/Regulations Regarding to Nuclear Ship
  • Free Navigation System of Nuclear Ship
  • International Cooperation


Further details are available from
Nobuteru Nariyama (Conference Secretary)
Nuclear Technology Division
Ship Research Institute, Ministry of Transport
6-38-1, Shinkawa, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-0004, Japan
Tel: +81-422-41-3138
Fax: +81-422-41-3136
email: nari@srimot.go.jp
url: www.srimot.go.jp/ncl/ws/index.html



ICONE-8

The Eighth International Conference on Nuclear Engineering, ICONE-8, will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, April 2-6, 2000. It is sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Société Française de I'Energie Nucléaire (SFEN), and the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME). ICONE is a comprehensive international conference on nuclear engineering which features peer-reviewed papers in 10 technical tracks. Further information may be obtained from George Bockhold, US Technical Chair, c/o PO Box 116502, Gainesville, FL 32611-6502, USA (phone 352-392-9722, fax 352-392-8656, url http://www.icone-conf.org).



International Workshop on Neutron Field Spectrometry in
Science, Technology and Radiation Protection

The International Workshop on Neutron Field Spectrometry in Science, Technology and Radiation Protection, will be held June 5-8, 2000, in Pisa, Italy. For more than 50 years neutron spectrometry has been used in basic nuclear physics research, in fission and fusion nuclear technology, in radiation protection and radiation therapy, and in various other applications. The dynamic range of neutron energies and fluence rates which need to be covered in these applications has increased, and considerable progress has been achieved in recent years both by improving conventional techniques as well as by developing new detector systems and analyzing procedures.

The objectives of this workshop are:

  • to review the state of the art in neutron spectrometry,
  • to report on recent developments and improvements, and
  • to demonstrate the manifold applications.


Experts dealing with neutron spectrometry in nuclear physics research, plasma diagnostics, radiation protection and radiation therapy dosimetry, and other fields are invited to participate and to share their experience. The aim of this workshop is to discuss all techniques used to specify spectral neutron fluences (energy and angle dependent). Photon spectrometry in mixed neutron/photon fields is included in the list of topics. Neutron time-of-flight spectrometry at pulsed neutron sources and in-core reactor metrology techniques will not be dealt with because these applications are regularly discussed at other conferences. The proceedings will be published as a special volume of Nuclear Instruments and Methods A. Additional information may be found at http://www.ptb.de/english/org/6/neuspec/intro.htm or contact
Horst Klein
PTB, dep. 6.4 `Neutron Metrology'
Bundesallee 100
D-38116 Braunschweig, Germany
phone: 49-531-592-6400
fax: 49-531-592-7205
email: horst.klein@ptb.de



ISRP-8

The 8th International Symposium on Radiation Physics (ISRP-8) will be held in Prague, the Czech Republic, June 5-9, 2000. The Symposium, a triennial event organized by the International Radiation Physics Society (IRPS), is devoted to current trends in radiation physics research and potential future issues. The scientific sessions will include invited lectures by leading experts in the field and poster presentations of contributed papers. Papers are solicited for the following proposed scientific sessions:

  • Fundamental processes in radiation physics
  • Radiation sources and detectors
  • Radiation in physical and material sciences
  • Radiation in medicine and biology
  • Radiation in space, earth and environmental sciences
  • Radiation in archaeometry and the history of art
  • Radiation technologies and industrial applications

If you are interested in attending the symposium, please contact:
Professor Ladislav Musilek
Czech Technical University in Prague
Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering
Bøehová 7, 115 19 Praha 1, Czech Republic
fax +4202 2320861, email rnusiIek@br.fjfi.cvut.cz



Additional information may be obtained from http://www.fjfi.cvut.cz/ISRP-8.htm.



Plutonium Futures-The Science

The Plutonium Futures-The Science conference will be held at La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, July 10-13, 2000. Conference participants will examine present knowledge of the chemical and physical properties of plutonium and other actinides in complex media and materials; discuss current and emerging science (chemistry, physics, materials science, nuclear science, and environmental effects) of plutonium and actinides relevant to enhancing global nuclear security; and promote the exchange of ideas. The scientific program will include invited plenary and keynote lectures followed by presentations of invited and contributed papers in oral and poster sessions. The plenary sessions will include participation by policy makers and elected officials as well as scientific leaders. English is the official language of the conference. The extended abstracts from the conference will be published. The conference will cover scientific topics in plutonium and actinide sciences including actinides in the environment and the science underlying plutonium disposition. Conference subtopics include:

  • Separations
  • Matrix interactions
  • Materials compatibility
  • Plutonium metallurgy
  • Detection and analysis
  • Environmental and biosphere chemistry
  • Nuclear fuels
  • Novel plutonium/actinide compounds and complexes

If you are interested in Plutonium Futures-The Science and wish to receive the future announcements, including the Call for Papers, complete and submit the on-line Information Request Form (http://www.lanl.gov/orgs/nmt/nmtdo/PuConf2000/2krequest.html). You may also email or write to:

Plutonium Futures-The Science
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Nuclear Materials Technology Division
P.O. Box 1663
MS E500
Los Alamos, NM 87545 USA
Contact: Andria Liesse
Telephone: 505-665-5981
Conference E-mail: Puconf2000@lanl.gov
Fax: 505-667-7966



Radiation Protection for Our National Priorities:
Medicine, the Environment, and the Legacy

The Radiation Protection and Shielding Division of the American Nuclear Society invites you to attend its Year 2000 (RPS2000) topical meeting to be held in Spokane, Washington, September 17-21, 2000. This meeting will cover issues associated with radiation protection and health physics. Paper summaries are due December 1, 1999. RPS2000 is being organized in conjunction with the Columbia Chapter of the Health Physics Society. In addition to the technical paper sessions there will be a full range of classes and seminars for HPS certification credit. Spokane River Park, the site of the Expo '74 world's fair, has been developed into an outstanding convention center with activities for everyone, from fishing to opera, within steps of the hotel. Additional information may be obtained at http://www.ambinet.com/ans/rps2000.htm.



ICENES 2000

The 10th International Conference on Emerging Nuclear Energy Systems (ICENES-2000) will be held September 25-28, 2000, Petten, The Netherlands. The main objective of the ICENES conference is to discuss, on a broad international basis, the state of various advanced and non-conventional concepts for nuclear energy production. The ICENES conference is held biennially. Earlier conferences were held in Graz, Lausanne, Helsinki, Madrid, Karlsruhe, Monterey, Chiba, Obninsk and Tel-Aviv, respectively. Both research scientists and practicing engineers are invited to attend and participate in this conference. The meeting organization will provide ample opportunity for participants to interact in formal sessions and informal discussions. A panel discussion "Fitting Future Nuclear Energy Systems in a Liberalized Energy Market" is also planned. Papers can be submitted on the following topics:

  • Advanced fission systems
  • Accelerator driven systems
  • Advanced fusion concepts
  • Fusion/Fission hybrids
  • Laser systems for nuclear applications
  • Space nuclear power
  • Exotic nuclear concepts

Deadline for abstracts is December 20, 1999. Instructions for submitting papers are available at http://www.nrg-nl.com/congres/icenes/ or contact:
Mrs. Dr. A.I. van Heek, Organising Chairman
Phone. (+31) 224 56 4507
Email: vanheek@nrg-nl.com
or
Mrs. M. Hofman, Meeting Secretariat
Phone: (+31) 224 56 4193
Email: hofman@nrg-nl.com
The address for both is:
NRG
P.O. Box 25
1755 ZG Petten
The Netherlands
Fax: (+31) 224 56 3490



ANS 14th Topical Meeting on the Technology of Fusion Energy

The 2000 American Nuclear Society 14th Topical Meeting on the Technology of Fusion Energy will be held at the Olympia Park Hotel in Park City, Utah, October 15-19, 2000. It will be an international forum for presentation and discussion of scientific and technical information covering all aspects of fusion technology, including the most recent developments in both inertial and magnetic confinement fusion energy. The meeting website provides detailed information on abstract submittal, meeting registration, lodging, and activities. Questions should be sent to Jon Carmack at wjc@inel.gov (phone 208-526-7576 , fax 208-526-0528). The web site can be found at: http://ev2.inel.gov/ParkCity/.



Fourth International Workshop on Dosimetry
for Radiation Processing

The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Subcommittee E10.01 Dosimetry for Radiation Processing has announced the Fourth International Workshop on Dosimetry for Radiation Processing to be held at the Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego, California, October 22-27, 2000. The symposium will be patterned on the three previous workshops in 1989 (Ste-Adèle, Québec), 1991 (University of Maryland), and 1995 (Ste-Adèle, Québec). The symposium will include a few presentations by invited speakers, but the main emphasis will be on small informal "round table" workshop sessions and hands-on practical exercises in which all attendees are expected to participate. An informal poster session will be combined with an equipment and technology demonstration session. Registration is limited to a maximum of 160 technical participants on a "first-register-first-serve" basis. The scope of this workshop covers all aspects of dosimetry for radiation processing, including the processing of medical products, pharmaceuticals, foods, inks, packaging, and polymers. The objective is to improve the quality of dosimetry through a better understanding of dosimetry principles, calibration techniques, dosimetry applications (e.g. dose mapping and routine monitoring), and the determination and understanding of dosimetry uncertainties, all based on standards published by ASTM Subcommittee E10.01. Other standards on process control and quality systems that may have an impact on dosimetry practices will also be covered. The presentations and workshop sessions are expected to cover the following topics:

  • Dosimetry Principles
  • Selection and Calibration of Dosimetry Systems
  • Dose Mapping (Gamma)
  • Dose Mapping (Electron Beam and X-Ray-Bremsstrahlung)
  • Influence Factors (including environmental effects) on Dosimeter Response
  • Uncertainties in Absorbed Dose Measurements
  • Dosimetry in Industrial Applications
  • Quality Assurance and Regulatory Aspects of Dosimetry
  • Mathematical Methods for Calculating Absorbed Dose in Radiation Processing Applications

A registration form is available at http://www.astm.org/COMMIT/e10workshop.htm. Additional information may be obtained from
Dr. Harry Farrar IV, Chairman
ASTM Committee E-10
18 Flintlock Lane
Bell Canyon, CA 91307-1127 USA
Telephone: +1 (818) 340-1227
Fax: +1 (818) 340-2132
email: hfarrar4@aol.com



Fifth Radiation Physics Conference

The Atomic Energy Authority of Egypt is sponsoring the Fifth Radiation Physics Conference--Atomic Energy, Radiation Protection, Challenges and Strategies. The conference will be held November 5-9, 2000, in Cairo at a site to be announced. The organizing body solicits your work in the following areas:

  • Radiation sources
  • Radiation effects
  • Radiation detection and measurements
  • Radiation dosimetry
  • Radiation shielding
  • Radiation protection and safety
  • Applied radiation physics
  • Radiation biophysics
  • Medical radiation physics
  • Environmental radioactivity and earth sciences
  • Special topics to include:
    • Atomic energy, radiation protection--challenges and strategies
    • Radiation exposure of air crew
    • Application of nuclear techniques (detection of land mines, etc.)
    • Global air and aquatic radioactive monitoring

Further information about the conference and the proper submission of your work may be obtained from Prof. Mohammad A. Gomaa, Atomic Energy Authority, 3 Ahmad Al-Zomor St., Alzohour District,
Nasr City, Children Village Post Office, Postal Code 11787, Cairo, Egypt (fax 00202-287603, email ruatom@rusys.EG.net).



REAC/TS Radiation-Accident Courses

The Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is part of the Medical Sciences Division of the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education established by the U.S. Department of Energy to undertake national and international programs in science and engineering education, training and management systems, energy and environment systems, and medical sciences. The REAC/TS staff offers several courses in the handling of radiation accidents. A brief description of the courses follows.

Handling of Radiation Accidents by Emergency Personnel is a 3-day course designed for emergency room nurses and physicians who may need to administer initial hospital aid to a radiation accident victim. Lectures, complemented by demonstrations, laboratory exercises, and a simulated radiation accident drill, will emphasize the handling of the victim. Discussions include the fundamentals of radiation, detection and measurement, prevention of the spread of contamination, dose reduction for the victim and attending personnel, and the role of the medical physicist in caring for contaminated accident victims.

Health Physics in Radiation Accidents is a 4-day course for health physicists and radiation protection technologists who may be called upon to respond to accidents involving radioactive materials and injury to personnel. The major topics are radiological emergency procedures and the role of the health physicist in a medical environment.

Medical Planning and Care in Radiation Accidents, a 4-day course designed for physicians, presents an advanced level of information on diagnosis and treatment of acute local and total body radiation exposure, internal and external contamination, combined injuries, and multi-casualty incidents involving ionizing radiation.



The course dates and registration information may be obtained from L. Gail Mack, Registrar, REAC/TS, MS-39, Oak Ridge Inst. for Science & Education, P.O. Box 117, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0117 (phone 423-576-3132, email mack2@orau.gov).



Calendar

Your attention is directed to the following events of interest.



November 1999

SCALE KENO V.a Criticality Safety Course, Nov. 1-5, 1999, Oak Ridge, TN. Contact: Kay Lichtenwalter, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, P.O. Box 2008, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6370 (phone 423-574-9213, fax 423-574-3513, email x4s@ornl.gov).

International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Nov. 14-19, 1999, Nashville, Tennessee. Contact: Dr. John L. Boccio, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Building 197C, Upton, New York 11973-5000 (phone 516-344-7690; fax 516-344-5266, email boccio@bnl.gov).



February 2000

Utilization of Nuclear Power in Oceans, N'ocean 2000, Feb. 21-24, 2000, Tokyo, Japan. Contact: Nobuteru Nariyama (Conference Secretary), Nuclear Technology Division, Ship Research Institute, Ministry of Transport, 6-38-1, Shinkawa, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-0004, Japan (phone +81-422-41-3138, fax +81-422-41-3136, email nari@srimot.go.jp, url www.srimot.go.jp/ncl/ws/index.html).

Radiation Transport Calculations using the EGSnrc Monte Carlo System, Feb. 29-Mar. 2, 2000, Ottawa, Canada. Contact: Blake Walters, Ionizing Radiation Standards, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Canada, K1A 0R6 (phone 613-993-2715, fax 613-952-9865, email bwalters@irs.phy.nrc.ca, url www.irs.inms.nrc.ca/inms/irs/papers/egsnrc/brochure.html).



April 2000

Eighth International Conference on Nuclear Engineering, ICONE-8, April 2-6, 2000, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Contact: George Bockhold, US Technical Chair, c/o PO Box 116502, Gainesville, FL 32611-6502, USA (phone 352-392-9722, fax 352-392-8656, email Submit-icone8@icone-conf.org, url http://www.icone-conf.org/icone8/).



June 2000

International Workshop on Neutron Field Spectrometry in Science, Technology and Radiation Protection, June 5-8, 2000, Pisa, Italy. Contact Horst Klein, PTB, dep. 6.4 `Neutron Metrology', Bundesallee 100, D-38116 Braunschweig, Germany (phone 49-531-592-6400, fax 49-531-592-7205, email horst.klein@ptb.de).

8th International Symposium on Radiation Physics (ISRP-8), June 5-9, 2000, Prague, the Czech Republic. Contact: Professor Ladislav Musílek, Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering, Bøehová 7, 115 19 Praha 1, Czech Republic (fax +4202 2320861, email musilek@br.fjfi.cvut.cz).



July 2000

Plutonium Futures--The Science, July 10-13, 2000, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Contact: Plutonium Futures--The Science, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Nuclear Materials Technology Division, P.O. Box 1663, MS E500, Los Alamos, NM, USA 87545 (phone 505-665-5981, fax 505-667-7966, email Puconf2000@lanl.gov).



September 2000

Radiation Protection for our National Priorities: Medicine, the Environment, and the Legacy, Sept. 17-21, 2000, Spokane, Washington. Contact: Harvey Goldberg, ANS-EWS, P.O.Box 941, Richland, WA 99352 (email finfrock@ambinet.com).

ICENES 2000, The 10th International Conference on Emerging Nuclear Energy Systems, Sept. 25-28, 2000, Petten, The Netherlands. Contact: Mrs. M. Hofman, Meeting Secretariat, NRG, P.O. Box 25, 1755 ZG Petten, The Netherlands (phone +31-224-56-4193, fax +31-224-56-3490, email hofman@nrg-nl.com, url http://www.nrg-nl.com/congres/icenes/).



October 2000

2000 American Nuclear Society 14th Topical Meeting on the Technology of Fusion Energy, Oct. 15-19, 2000, Park City, Utah. Contact: url http://www.ambinet.com/ans/rps2000.htm.

4th International Workshop on Dosimetry for Radiation Processing, Oct. 22-27, 2000, San Diego, California. Contact: Dr. Harry Farrar IV, ASTM Committee E-10, 18 Flintlock Lane, Bell Canyon, CA 91307-1127 (phone 818-340-1227, fax 818-340-2132, email hfarrar4@aol.com).



November 2000

5th Radiation Physics Conference--Atomic Energy, Radiation Protection, Challenges and Strategies , Nov. 5-9, 2000, Cairo, Egypt. Contact: Prof. Mohammad A. Gomaa, Atomic Energy Authority, 3 Ahmad Al-Zomor St., Alzohour District, Nasr City, Children Village Post Office, Postal Code 11787, Cairo, Egypt (fax 00202-287603, email ruatom@rusys.EG.net).



AUGUST ACCESSION OF LITERATURE

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

KEK Preprint 99-2 . . . Results of a Beam Test of the Combined Lead Glass and PWO Cells Detector for the COMPASS Electromagnetic Calorimeter. . . . ; Dolgopolov, A.V.; Donskov, S.V.; Fujii, Y.; Inaba, S.; Lednev, A.A.; Nakagawa, T.; Prokosh . . . April 1999 . . . Institute for High Energy Physics, Moscow, Russia; KEK, Ibaraki, Japan; Miyazaki University, Miyazaki, Japan; Yamagata University, Yamagata, Japan; Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan.. . . To be published in Nucl. Instr. Method.

KEK Preprint 99-33 . . . Development of a Self-TOF Detector for High-Energy Neutron Spectrometry. . . . Sasaki, M.; Nakao, M.; Shibata, T.; Nakao, N.; Nakamura, T. . . . June 1999 . . . Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan; High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, Ibaraki, Japan.

Health Phys., 77, 9-15 . . . Radiation Protection Information: Can You Trust the Government's Risks or Risk the Government's Trust?: 1997 G. William Morgan Lecture. . . . Ziemer, P.L. . . . July 1999 . . . Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.

Health Phys., 77, 33-36 . . . Medical Radiation Exposures for Diagnostic Radiology in Malaysia. . . . Ng, K-H.; Abdullah, B.J.J.; Sivalingam, S. . . . July 1999 . . . University of Malaya Medical Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Kuala Lumpur Hospital, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Health Phys., 77, 76-88 . . . A Non-Destructive Method to Determine the Depth of Radionuclides in Materials In-Situ. . . . Naessens, E.P.; Xu, X.G. . . . July 1999 . . . Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York.

Nucl. Sci. Eng., 132, 155-180 . . . On the Propagation of Rays in Discrete Ordinates. . . . Mathews, K.A. . . . June 1999 . . . Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

Nucl. Sci. Eng., 132, 181-193 . . . A Variational Synthesis Nodal Discrete Ordinates Method. . . . Favorite, J.A.; Stacey, W.M. . . . June 1999 . . . Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia.

Nucl. Sci. Eng., 132, 194-202 . . . Acceleration of the Analytic Function Expansion Nodal Method by Two-Factor Two-Node Nonlinear Iteration. . . . Kap Suk Moon, Nam Zin Cho, Jae Man Noh, Ser Gi Hong . . . June 1999 . . . Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Taejon, Korea.

Nucl. Sci. Eng., 132, 203-216 . . . A New Approximating Formula for Calculating Gamma-Ray Buildup Factors in Multilayer Shields. . . . Assad, A.; Chiron, M.; Nimal, J.C.; Diop, C.M. . . . June 1999 . . . CEA-DRN/DMT/SERMA/LEPP, Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex, France.

Nucl. Sci. Eng., 132, 217-258 . . . Derivations of the Solid Angle Subtended at a Point by First- and Second-Order Surfaces and Volumes as a Function of Elliptic Integrals. . . . Cramer, S.N. . . . June 1999 . . . Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee.