New features and improvements in the NEA nuclear data tool suite
OECD Nuclear Energy Agency, Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE
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Published online: 30 September 2020
The OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) has developed and maintains several products that are used in the verification and validation of nuclear data, including the Java-based Nuclear Data Information System (JANIS) and the Nuclear Data Sensitivity Tool (NDaST). These integrate other collections of the NEA, including the International Handbooks of benchmark experiments on Criticality Safety and Reactor Physics (ICSBEP and IRPhEP) and their supporting relational databases (DICE and IDAT). Recent development of the JANIS, DICE and NDaST systems have resulted in the ability to perform uncertainty propagation utilising Legendre polynomial sensitivities, calculation of case-to-case covariances and correlations, use of spectrum weighting in perturbations, calculation of statistical results with suites of randomly sampled nuclear data files and new command-line interfaces to automate analyses and generate XML outputs. All of the most recent, major nuclear data libraries have been fully processed and incorporated, along with new visualisation features for covariances and sensitivities, an expanded set of reaction channel definitions, and new EXFOR data types defined by the NRDC. Optimisation of numerical methods has also improved performance, with over order-of-magnitude speed-up in the case of sensitivity-uncertainty calculations.
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