Nuclear Data Course

June 23 – 27, 2014, EC-JRC (Geel)

This one week course focuses on the role of nuclear data for calculations of nuclear reactor systems. It covers all steps starting from the measurements, to their validation and final use in nuclear reactor calculations. State of the art nuclear data facilities together with advanced measurement techniques and methods for data analysis will be discussed and made available for practical use. The course also includes a module explaining the production of evaluated data in international recognized data formats. Special attention will be given to the production of variance-covariance information and the use of nuclear data in sensitivity studies and reactor calculations. Lectures will be alternated with measurements at dedicated facilities and computer analysis exercises.

This course is organised by EC-JRC in collaboration with SCK•CEN and UPM.

  • Nuclear physics for nuclear energy applications
  • Production and use of nuclear data for neutron induced reactions
  • Nuclear data tools
  • Introduction to the evaluation of uncertainties
  • Nuclear reactor calculations
  • Methodologies for nuclear data uncertainty propagation in reactor calculations

The course is open to Master and PhD students coming from the GENTLE partners, but also to students coming from other institutions, and to professionals dealing with the course topics in their daily practices.

Intersemester Course: Nuclear Data

EQF 7      3 ECTS

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Learning outcomes:

Knowledge
  • Outline the importance of neutron induced reactions for nuclear (energy) applications
  • Compare neutron sources and particle and radiation detection techniques
  • Explain nuclear data production by neutron activation and time-of-flight measurements
  • Compare nuclear data libraries
  • Apply nuclear data to nuclear reactor model calculations
  • Analyse the effect of nucear data on reactor parameters
  • Understand the basic uncertainty propagation principles
Skills
  • Conduct particle and radiation detection measurements
  • Conduct cross section measurements
  • Conduct nuclear system model calculation
  • Manage uncertainty propagation and sensitivity analysis
Competences
  • Be aware of the importance of nuclear data for nuclear (energy) applications

Education method

Face to face lectures, classroom and lab exercises, technical visits

Assessment method

Continuous assessment

Pre-requisites and mandatory literature

  • DOE Fundamentals Handbook, Nuclear Physics and Reactor Theory, Vol I (1993)
  • GUM: Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement (BIPM)

Topics

GENTLE Partner hours
1 Nuclear physics for nuclear energy applications (JRC Geel) 6,5
Importance of neutrons for nuclear applications Lecture 1
Neutron induced reactions and nuclear reaction models Lecture 1
Neutron sources Lecture 1
Nuclear detection techniques Lecture 1,5
Gamma-ray detection Practice 2
2 Production and use of nuclear data for neutron induced reactions (JRC Geel) 6,5
Neutron activation measurements Lecture 1
Time-of-flight cross section measurements Lecture 1,5
Production and characterization of samples Lecture 1
Measurements at GELINA Practice 1
Exercise on analysis of cross section data Exercise 3
3 Nuclear data tools (UPM) 3
Nuclear data format used worldwide Lecture 1
Nuclear data libraries Lecture 1
Processing of nuclear data Exercise 1
4 Introduction to the evaluation of uncertainties (JRC Geel) 3,5
Evaluation of measurement of uncertainties Lecture 1
Adjusting to experimental data Lecture 0,5
Exercises Exercise 1,5
5 Nuclear reactor calculations (SCK-CEN) 6,5
Introduction to nuclear reactors 1
Deterministic neutron transport methods 1
Monte Carlo based neutron transport methods 1
Build a simplified model of BR1 2
Analyse the effect of nuclear data on keff and reaction rates 1,5
6 Methodologies for nuclear data uncertainty propagation (UPM) 6,5
in reactor calculations
Sensitivity-uncertainty (S/U) methodology 1
Comparison of Monte Carlo and S/U methodology 1
Examples of S/U applications for reactor systems 1
Comparison of Monte Carlo and S/U in case of Beta decay 1,5
Application to the BR1 reactor model 2

 

References

  • G.F. Knoll, Radiation Detection and Measurement, Wiley (2000)
  • P. Schillebeeckx et al., Nuclear Data Sheets 113, 3054 (2012)
  • DOE Fundamentals Handbook, Nuclear Physics and Reactor Theory, Vol II (1993)
  • D.G. Cacucci, Sensitivity and Uncertainty Analysis Theory, Chapman and Hall/CRC (2003)
  • http://www-nds.iaea.org (IAEA Nuclear Data Services)
  • http://www.oecd-nea.org/dbdata (OECD/NEA Data Bank services)
  • http://www.oecd-nea.org/janis (JANIS4.0 Java-based Nuclear Data Information System)

Main lecturers

Oscar Cabellos de Francisco (UPM)

Oscar Cabellos obtained a Master in Mechanical and Power Engineering at the Polytechnical University of Madrid (UPM) in 1993. He got his PhD at UPM in 1998 and became member of the Institute of Nuclear Fusion in 1998. Since 2001 he is Associate Professor (Nuclear Physics and Nuclear Reactor Physics) in the Department of Nuclear Engineering (DIN). He is working at DIN in cross-section processing (consultant of OECD/NEA Data Bank), uncertainty and sensitivity analysis in activation and criticality calculations (member of UAM/NEA Data Bank working group and co-author of ACAB code).

Jan Heyse (EC-JRC)

Jan Heyse holds a master in engineering (physics) and obtained his PhD at the university of Ghent in 2002, studying nuclear interaction at intermediate energies at the AGOR cyclotron at KVI in Groningen. He started his carreer at the EC-JRC in Geel where he was involved in spontaneous and neutron induced fission measurements. From 2006 until 2010 he participated in the MYRRHA project as a researcher and project engineer of the Reactor Technology Research group of the Anvanced Nuclear Systems institute at SCK-CEN. Since 2010 he is again working at EC-JRC where he is involved in neutron induced cross section measurements at the TOF-facility GELINA.

Peter Schillebeeckx (EC-JRC)

Peter Schillebeeckx obtained his PhD at the university of Ghent in 1988. He started his professional career at the Institute Laue Langevin where he was scientific responsible for gamma-ray spectrometers installed at the high flux reactors. In 1989 he joined the EC-JRC at Ispra. At the JRC Ispra he was scientific responsible for the development of measurement techniques for the Non Destructive Assay (NDA) of nuclear material based on active and passive neutron assay, gamma spectroscopy and calorimetry. Since 2001 he is working at the JRC in Geel where he is the scientific responsible for measurements at the TOF-facility GELINA with an emphasis on capture and total cross section measurements in the resonance region.

Peter Siegler (EC-JRC)

P. Siegler obtained his PhD at the University Darmstadt, Germany in 1994 working on nuclear fission at the former CBNM and IRMM of the European Commission. In 1995 he joined the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute in Tokai-mura on a fellowship in the Nuclear Data Center. In 1996 he started his work at the EC-JRC in Geel on neutron transmission measurements at the TOF-facility GELINA. Since 2012 he is the technical responsible for the TOF-facility GELINA.

Gert Van den Eynde (SCK-CEN)

Gert Van den Eynde holds degrees of master in engineering (computer science) from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, master in nuclear engineering from Université Libre de Bruxelles and obtained his PhD in the field of nuclear reactor physics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in 2005. He has been a member of the MYRRHA Team at SCK•CEN since 1998 where he contributed to the neutronic reactor core design of MYRRHA. Since 2006 he is head of the Nuclear Systems Physics group which deals with the neutronic analysis and safety analysis of various nuclear systems, among which MYRRHA, GUINEVERE and BR1. He is also a member of the SCK•CEN Academy and is responsible for the courses in the domain of nuclear reactor technology.

Nuria García-Herranz (UPM)

Nuria García-Herranz, Master in Power Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), where she got a PhD in Nuclear Engineering in 2000. Since 2011 is an Associate Professor in the Nuclear Engineering Department (UPM). Her research areas include development of advanced 3-D neutron-kinetics codes and sensitivity and uncertainty analysis. She participated in several FP5, FP6 and FP7 European projects.

Download the programme in PDF format

The training course is given in English.

It is a pre-requisite to have knowledge of:

References:

  • G.F. Knoll, Radiation Detection and Measurement, Wiley (2000)
  • P. Schillebeeckx et al., Nuclear Data Sheets 113, 3054 (2012)
  • DOE Fundamentals Handbook, Nuclear Physics and Reactor Theory, Vol II (1993)
  • D.G. Cacucci, Sensitivity and Uncertainty Analysis Theory, Chapman and Hall/CRC (2003)
  • http://www-nds.iaea.org (IAEA Nuclear Data Services)
  • http://www.oecd-nea.org/dbdata (OECD/NEA Data Bank services)
  • http://www.oecd-nea.org/janis (JANIS4.0 Java-based Nuclear Data Information System)

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to

In terms of knowledge:

  • Outline the importance of neutron induced reactions for nuclear (energy) applications
  • Compare neutron sources and particle and radiation detection techniques
  • Explain nuclear data production by neutron activation and time-of-flight measurements
  • Compare nuclear data libraries

In terms of skills:

  • Conduct particle and radiation detection measurements
  • Conduct cross section measurements
  • Conduct nuclear system model calculation
  • Manage uncertainty propagation and sensitivity analysis

In terms of competences:

  • Be aware of the importance of nuclear data for nuclear (energy) applications
  • This training course is free of charge for Master and PhD students (coming from GENTLE partners and other institutions).

Registration info

This course is organised in the frame of the European project GENTLE (323304, www.gentleproject.eu).

Registration via this link is mandatory. There is no registration fee. Dinner and Lunch will be offered free of charge.

Deadline for registrations:

– for non-EU citizins: April 11, 2014

– for EU citizins: May 12, 2014

Deadlines for registrations are based on the time needed to fulfill the access control.

Accommodation

Limited places are available at the SCK•CEN dormitories (budget-friendly). For reservations, please contact Nora Lemmens at nora.lemmens@sckcen.be, tel. + 32 14 33 23 74, as soon as possible. Places are only guaranteed until April 2014. More information about the prices can be found on http://www.sckcen.be/en/About/Behind_scenes/Residence

Alternatively we have also made pre-reservations at the SCK•CEN Club-House. Reservations should be confirmed via clubhouse@sckcen.be.

Prices are:

– Single room parking view: 73 € (breakfast incl.)

– Single room lake side: 83 € (breakfast incl.)

Payment of the accommodation should be covered by the participants.Transport from the SCK•CEN Club-House/dormitories (lodging) to EC-JRC (course venue) will be offered free of charge, as well as collective transports from (on Sunday) and to (on Friday) the airport.

Contact

Peter Schillebeeckx
EC-JRC

Peter.Schillebeeckx@ec.europa.eu

+32 14 57 14 75

 

Michèle Coeck
Head SCK•CEN Academy for Nuclear Science and Technology

michele.coeck@sckcen.be

+32 14 33 21 80

 

Griet Vanderperren
Liaison officer SCK•CEN Academy for Nuclear Science and Technology

griet.vanderperren@sckcen.be

+32 14 33 21 57

 

Venue

EC-JRC
Retieseweg 111
2440 Geel
BELGIUM