Nuclear Energy Agency Online Bulletin

Covers new material for December 2002:

New publications
Nuclear safety
Nuclear science
Data Bank

New publications

Society and Nuclear Energy: Towards a Better Understanding
128 pages (591 kb).

Disponible également en français :
Société et énergie nucléaire : vers une meilleure compréhension
136 pages (765 ko).

The Way Forward in Radiological Protection
An Expert Group Report
ISBN 92-64-18489-9. 48 pages (207 kb).

Disponible également en français :
Vers un nouveau système de protection radiologique
Rapport d'un groupe d'experts
ISBN 92-64-28489-3, 46 pages (278 ko).

Nuclear safety

The NEA Committee on Nuclear Regulatory Activities (CNRA) and the NEA Committee on the Safety of Nuclear Installations (CSNI) held their annual meetings on 2-5 December, during which they reviewed their ongoing programmes of work and approved future activities. A number of workshops will be organised in 2003 and 2004 - for more details see the updated calendar of forthcoming workshops and seminars at

Related links

Documents from the Committee on the Safety of Nuclear Installations (CSNI)
Documents from the Committee on Nuclear Regulatory Activities (CNRA)
Forthcoming workshops and seminars

Nuclear science

The NSC Expert Group on Scientific Issues in Fuel Behaviour met on 16-17 December 2002 at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria. The objective was to review the International Fuel Performance Experiments (IFPE) database, developed in co-operation with the IAEA. Participants discussed the progress achieved so far with the IFPE database, noting feedback from its users, and identifying what improvements were needed. This database now includes data compiled in a standard format and reviewed according to quality assurance criteria for 427 cases including advanced gas-cooled, boiling water, pressurised heavy water, pressurised water, and VVER reactor fuels. It was held in conjunction with the IAEA's first Fuel Modelling and Extended Burnup (FUMEX-II) meeting. Data used in FUMEX-II are taken from the IFPE database. More information is available at

Data Bank

Nuclear data

The meetings of the JEFF and EFF projects were held on 5-6 December 2002 at NEA headquarters. During the EFF meeting, presentations on the various evaluation and benchmarking efforts were made, including the final documentation for the three recent evaluations of Ni-58, Ni-60 and Si-28. Continuing progress on the European Activation File (EAF), which will be one of the special purpose libraries within the JEFF suite, was also discussed.

JEFF-3.0 processing, validation and benchmarking were the major items discussed at the JEFF meetings. An electronic form was created in order to gather feedback from JEFF-3.0 library users. This form is available at:

The next JEFF and EFF project meetings are scheduled for 28-30 April 2003 at NEA headquarters.

TDB Project

The management board of Phase II of the Thermochemical Database (TDB) Project met on 26-27 November 2002 at NEA headquarters. The board approved the extension of phase II of the project until the end of 2003. During the forthcoming year several TDB reviews will be completed: an update of the existing databases for uranium, neptunium, plutonium, americium and technetium; and new reviews of selenium, zirconium, nickel and organic ligands. Fourteen participating organisations represented on the board expressed their intention to participate in a new phase of the project. The agreement for this new phase will be signed in early 2003. More information on the TDB project is available at

Computer program services

A page listing all new programs in the last 12 months can be found at:

  11-DEC-2002 NEA-1676 ERRORJ, Multigroup covariance matrices generation from ENDF/B-6 format (Now tested)
  05-DEC-2002 IAEA1190 BRETISLAV,OLDRICH, Neutron Diffusion in Hexagonal Geometry for WWER Critical Fuel Assemblies (Now tested)
  03-DEC-2002 NEA-1324 OREST, LWR Burnup Simulation Using Program HAMMER and ORIGEN (Now tested)
  29-NOV-2002 NEA-1492 NUCLEUS-CHART, Interactive Chart of Nuclides (Arrived)

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