EPJ Web Conf.
Volume 247, 2021PHYSOR2020 – International Conference on Physics of Reactors: Transition to a Scalable Nuclear Future
|Number of page(s)
|Verification & Validation
|22 February 2021
SFCOMPO DATABASE OF SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL ASSAY DATA – THE NEXT FRONTIER
1 Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge, TN 37831, USA
2 SEA Ingeniería y Análisis de Blindajes S.L. Madrid, Spain
3 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development/Nuclear Energy Agency Boulogne-Billancourt, France
* Currently retired.
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Published online: 22 February 2021
SFCOMPO is the world’s largest database for measured spent nuclear fuel assay data. An international effort coordinated by the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) resulted in a significant expansion of the database and its release online in 2017 as a downloadable application. The SFCOMPO Technical Review Group (TRG) was recently formed under the direction of NEA’s Nuclear Science Committee/Working Party on Nuclear Criticality Safety and was mandated to maintain and further coordinate the development of SFCOMPO. This TRG is currently focused on (1) critical evaluation of the experimental assay data by independent experts and (2) development of benchmarks and benchmark models that can be applied to validate burnup codes. This will improve the quality and documentation of the experimental datasets and enable their use by the international community to support code validation for design and safety analysis of spent nuclear fuel transportation, storage, and repository applications. It follows the precedent and draws on the experience gained from similar NEA efforts in the International Reactor Physics Experiment Evaluation Project and the International Criticality Safety Benchmark Experiment Project. Ongoing SFCOMPO evaluations have served as a test bed to develop templates for documenting evaluations, develop review guidance, improve approaches for a global uncertainty analysis, and devise a strategy focused on providing practical information of highest value to the user community. The current effort, status, and associated challenges are discussed.
Key words: SFCOMPO / spent nuclear fuel / benchmark / isotopic assay data
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