The NEA will organise the second International School on Simulation of Nuclear Reactor Systems (SINUS) on the topic of Reactor single- and multi-physics simulations based on Light Water Reactor (LWR) Uncertainty Analysis in Modeling (UAM) benchmark. Targeting students and young professionals in the nuclear sector, the course will bring together the next generation of experts with the expert community from the NEA Working Party on Scientific Issues and Uncertainty Analysis of Reactor Systems (WPRS).
The event is jointly developed by North Carolina State University (NSCU), the Radiation Safety Information Computational Center (RSICC) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the NEA WPRS. The in-person part will be co-located with the BEPU 2024 conference and the WPRS Benchmarks Workshops 2024 hosted by NINE Nuclear and Industrial Engineering (N.IN.E) in Lucca, Italy.
The technical content of the training sessions will be based on the LWR UAM benchmark. It follows the specifications of the benchmark for selected benchmark exercises from the three phases of the benchmark. The scope is on quantifying and propagating relevant significant uncertainties through different single physics and multi-physics modeling and simulation of nuclear reactor cores using the Pressurised Water Reactor test cases.
The trainings will include practical exercises with state-of-the-art reactor simulation packages, which are provided by the NEA Data Bank and RSICC.
The course will feature lectures by NCSU staff members, as well as internationally renowned experts from the WPRS and its expert groups. The SINUS training sessions will take place in a hybrid format.
SINUS provides an opportunity to develop a multinational network with fellow participants and international experts, and to learn more about this challenging and innovative subject. Each participant receives a certificate of completion of the course.
The SINUS consists of remote and in-person trainings.
The remote training includes approximately 25 hours of online lectures and exercise sessions. The practical exercises are based on examples taken from the Benchmark for LWR-UAM of WPRS, and focused on quantifying and propagating relevant significant uncertainties through different single physics and multi-physics modelling and simulation of nuclear reactor cores using the PWR test cases. The course also features homework assignments and computer projects for participant teams to be completed and presented during the in-person sessions.
Five virtual training sessions:
Participants wil receive project assigments in which they will practise the application of reactor simulation packages. Results of the project work will be presented during the in-person meeting in Lucca, Italy.
The NEA will organise the in-person training of the International School on Simulation of Nuclear Reactor Systems (SINUS) on 20-22 May 2024. The in-person part will be co-located with the BEPU 2024 conference and the WPRS Benchmarks Workshops 2024 hosted by NINE Nuclear and Industrial Engineering (N.IN.E) in Lucca, Italy.
The course is open to advanced Master’s students, PhD students, or young professionals with a Master’s or PhD degrees in nuclear engineering, reactor physics, nuclear physics, and related disciplines. Participants should have:
Please note that participants will be selected based on eligibility and excellence, considering geographical, and gender balance aspects. The selection process will be based on applicant's motivation letters and educational track records.
The proposed committee for selecting the students will include seven high-level experts in the field of reactor physics: the Chair of WPRS, the Chairs of the NEA Expert Group on Reactor Multiphysics (EGMUP), the Chair of the local WPRS Benchmark Workshop organising committee of ENEA, and the Head of the NEA Division for Nuclear Science and Education. The selection process will be supported by the NEA Secretariat.
Participants can apply to join the event until 15 February 2024.