Data Bank E-Newsletter October 2009

OECD/NEA Data Bank e-newsletter

No. 6, October 2009

A year has passed since we launched this E-Newsletter. We hope that you will continue to find it useful throughout the coming year.


  1. Nuclear data and tools
  2. Processed data libraries
  3. Chemical thermodynamics data
  4. Computer programs
  5. Integral experiments data
  6. Benchmarks
  7. Training courses and workshops
  8. Conferences



1. Nuclear data and tools

The compilation of experimental and bibliographic nuclear reaction data, (EXFOR and CINDA), is progressing as planned. A workshop on processing tools for evaluated data was successfully organised in November 2008 at the NEA in conjunction with the evaluated data project JEFF. In February 2009, we released the JEFF3.1.1 library, an updated version of the neutron induced file and the fission yields libraries. It can be found at: Improvements to this latest version of the JEFF.3.1.1 General Purpose library are particularly noteworthy as pertains to light water reactor applications and the associated fuel cycle. The documentation associated with this library has been published in draft form as the JEFF22 report. and can be found at:

The NEA will collaborate with the CEA in the organisation of the 2nd International Workshop On Nuclear Data Evaluation for Reactor applications, WONDER 2009, held in Cadarache, France from 29 September 2009 to 2 October 2009. For more information, please visit

The NEA, in association with the IAEA will organise a Technical Meeting on Specific Applications of Research Reactors: Provision of Nuclear Data. The meeting will be held in Vienna, Austria on 12-16 October 2009. More details regarding the meeting can be found at



2. Processed data libraries

Recently acquired or tested application data libraries:

  • NEA-1847/01 ZZ MATJEFF31.BOLIB, JEFF-3.1 Multigroup Coupled(199n + 42gamma) X-Section MATXS Fmt for Nuclear Fission Applications (New)
  • USCD1236/02 ZZ SCALE6.0/COVA-44G, 44-group cross section covariance matrix library extracted from SCALE6.0 (New)



3. Chemical Thermodynamics Data

Volume 11 in the TDB Series Chemical thermodynamics of Thorium was released in January 2009. For more information on this report, consult the list of available publications: Work is in progress on three (out of four) Reviews of Phase IV:

  • Studies of inorganic species and compounds of Molybdenum (Mo),
  • Review of auxiliary data,
  • Update of the selected value database accrued during the previous phases of the project.



4. Computer Programs

The RADTRAN-3 code system for analyzing the radiological impact of the transportation of radioactive materials was previously distributed by the NEA Databank as CCC-0508. This version of the code is obsolete and is no longer available. The current release, RADTRAN 5.6 bundled with RADCAT 2.3, may be downloaded from Sandia National Laboratories,

The most recently acquired or tested computer codes are:

  • NEA-1525/16 PENELOPE2008.1, A Code System for Monte-Carlo Simulation of Electron and Photon Transport (New)
  • USCD1238/01 ALICE2008, Particle Spectra from HMS precompound Nucleus Decay (New)
  • NEA-1839/01 ACAB-2008, ACtivation ABacus Code (New)
  • NEA-1840/01 SERPENT 1.1.0, 3-D continuous-energy Monte Carlo reactor physics burnup calculation, lattice physics applications (New)
  • NEA-1833/03 FLUKA2008.3b, Monte Carlo general purpose tool for calculations of particle transport and interactions with matter (New)
  • CCC-0657/01 BETA-S, Multi-Group Beta-Ray Spectra (New)
  • NEA-1846/01 FSKY4C, Gamma Ray Skyshine Analysis Code (New)

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5. Integral experiments data

Radiation shielding
  • NEA-1517/83 SINBAD-RA-SKYSHINE. Measurements of spatial energy distributions of neutrons and photons scattered in the air near the ground-air interface (skyshine-experiment) (1996-1998) (updated)
Fuel performance
  • NEA-1776/02 IFPE/PRIMO-BD8,  Belgonucléaire and SCK-CEN PRIMO Ramped MOX Fuel Rod BD8 (updated)
  • NEA-1841/01 IFPE/EXP-BDL-406, performance of CANDU natural UO2 fuel (bundles AAH, GF, and XY) irradiated at low linear powers (30-40 kW/m) to burnups above 450 MWh/kgU (AECL-CR) (for FUMEX-III exercise)
Nuclear safety joint research projects
  • CSNI2014/01 OLHF, Sandia Lower Head Failure of the reactor pressure vessel OECD/NEA Project
  • CSNI2004/01 PAKS PROJECT, the fuel behaviour in accident conditions on the basis of analyses of the PAKS-2 event

For more details see



6. Benchmarks and archived primary documents

  • NEA-1746/04 ZZ PBMR-400, OECD/NEA PBMR Coupled Neutronics/Thermal Hydraulics Transient Benchmark - The PBMR-400 Core Design
  • NEA-1849/01 ZZ PSBT NUPEC PWR Sub-channel Bundle Tests Benchmark
  • NEA-1731/07 ZZ BFBT, OECD/NEA-US/NRC NUPEC BWR Full-size Fine-mesh Bundle Tests Benchmark
  • NEA-1769/03 ZZ UAM-LWR, Uncertainty Analysis in Modelling, Coupled Multi-physics and Multi-scale LWR analysis
  • NEA-1848/01 ZZ KALININ3, KALININ-3 Coolant Transient Benchmark
  • NEA-1728/03 IRPhE-HTR-ARCH-01, Archive of HTR Primary Documents
  • NEA-1660/06 IRPHE-SNEAK, KFK SNEAK Fast Reactor Experiments, Primary Documentation



7. Training courses and workshops

  • 8-12 March 2010 - A training course on the Monte Carlo computer code TRIPOLI-4, in co-operation with CEA, will be held at OECD/NEA Headquarters.
  • 29 March-2 April 2010 - MCNP/MCNPX Training course, OECD NEA Data Bank - co-sponsored by ORNL/RSICC, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France.
  • 6-9 April 2010 - Training course on "Analytical Benchmarks: Case Studies in Neutron Transport Theory" using the Handbook (including computer codes) published on "Analytical Benchmarks for Nuclear Engineering Applications (Case Studies in Neutron Transport Theory)". This course is intended for transport methods developers and those who teach reactor physics and transport theory. In addition, the course would be appropriate for anyone with an analytical interest in solving equations and the application of numerical methods to obtain extreme accuracy. Teacher: Prof. Barry D. Ganapol.
  • 3-7 May 2010 - SCALE Criticality Safety and Radiation Shielding Course, OECD/NEA Data Bank - co-sponsored by ORNL/RSICC, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France.



8. Conferences

Meetings and conferences sponsored by the Nuclear Science Committee & Data Bank


See also: Other NEA nuclear science meetings