Integral benchmark data for nuclear data testing through the ICSBEP and the newly organized IRPhEPJ. Blair Briggs1, Yolanda Rugama2 and Enrico Satori2
1 Idaho National Laboratory, 2525 North Fremont, Idaho Falls, ID 83415-3860, USA
2 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), Le Seine St-Germain, 12 bd des Îles, 92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux, France
Published online: 21 May 2008
The status of the International Criticality Safety Benchmark Evaluation Project (ICSBEP) was last reported in a nuclear data conference at the International Conference on Nuclear Data for Science and Technology, ND-2004, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Since that time the number and type of integral benchmarks have increased significantly. Included in the ICSBEP Handbook are criticality-alarm/shielding and fundamental physic benchmarks in addition to the traditional critical/subcritical benchmark data. Since ND 2004, a reactor physics counterpart to the ICSBEP, the International Reactor Physics Experiment Evaluation Project (IRPhEP) was initiated. The IRPhEP is patterned after the ICSBEP, but focuses on other integral measurements, such as buckling, spectral characteristics, reactivity effects, reactivity coefficients, kinetics measurements, reaction-rate and power distributions, nuclide compositions, and other miscellaneous-type measurements in addition to the critical configuration. The status of these two projects is discussed and selected benchmarks highlighted in this paper.
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