JEFF-3.3 covariance application to ICSBEP using SANDY and NDAST
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Published online: 5 June 2019
Providing reliable estimates of the nuclear data contribution to the uncertainty of well-known integral benchmarks is fundamental to the validation and verification process for a nuclear data library. The Nuclear Energy Agency has produced and maintains the NDaST sensitivity tool, which integrates the DICE sensitivities and nuclear data covariances. This system has been used to rigorously and efficiently provide direct feedback to evaluators and streamline validation. For its future evolution and to identify high-priority development areas, NDaST is continuously compared against state-of-the-art codes that use different uncertainty propagation methodologies.
In this work, NDaST was compared to the nuclear data sampling code SANDY for several ICSBEP criticality benchmarks using the JEFF-3.3 evaluated data. Despite excellent overall agreement for cross sections and fission neutron multiplcities, discrepancies due to processed covariance descriptions for angular distributions and prompt fission neutron spectra have identified areas where coordinated development of nuclear data covariance descriptions should be prioritised.
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