The primary purpose of the International Criticality Safety Benchmark Evaluation Project (ICSBEP) is to compile critical and subcritical benchmark experiment data into a standardised format that allows criticality safety analysts to easily use the data to validate calculation tools and cross-section libraries.
ICSBEP work includes:
The work of the ICSBEP is documented in the International Handbook of Evaluated Criticality Safety Benchmark Experiments (ICSBEP Handbook). Cases within the ICSBEP Handbook have increased from 406 in 1995 to 5121 in 2021.
The ICSBEP Handbook is produced in electronic format (pdf files) where the experiments are grouped into evaluations and categorised by:
The Criticality Safety Benchmark Evaluation Project (CSBEP) was initiated in 1992 by the US Department of Energy under the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL). In 1995, the CSBEP became an official activity of the NEA Nuclear Science Committee at which time the name was changed to the International Criticality Safety Benchmark Evaluation Project (ICSBEP).
The International Criticality Safety Benchmark Evaluation Project (ICSBEP) Handbook contains criticality safety benchmark specifications that have been derived from experiments that were performed at various critical facilities around the world.
The Working Party on Nuclear Criticality Safety (WPNCS) deals with technical and scientific issues relevant to criticality safety. Specific areas of interest include (but are not limited to) investigations of static and transient configurations encountered in the nuclear fuel cycle. These include fuel fabrication, transport and storage.