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DICE: Database for the International Criticality Safety Benchmark Evaluation Program Handbook

Ali Nouri, Pierre Nagel, J. Blair Briggs, Tatiana Ivanova

Nuclear Science and Engineering

Volume 145 / Number 1 / September 2003 / Pages 11-19


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The 2002 edition of the "International Handbook of Evaluated Criticality Safety Benchmark Experiments" (ICSBEP Handbook) spans more than 26 000 pages and contains 330 evaluations with benchmark specifications for 2881 critical or near-critical configurations. With such a large content, it became evident that the users needed more than a broad and qualitative classification of experiments to make efficient use of the ICSBEP Handbook. This paper describes the features of Database for the International Handbook of Evaluated Criticality Safety Benchmark Experiments (DICE), which is a database for the ICSBEP Handbook. The DICE program contains a relational database loaded with selected information from each configuration and a users' interface that enables one to query the database and to extract specific parameters. Summary descriptions of each experimental configuration can also be obtained. In addition, plotting capabilities provide the means of comparing neutron spectra and sensitivity coefficients for a set of configurations.

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