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The blossoming of cooperation between the U.S. and Canada
The United States and Canadian nuclear industries used to be an example of how two independent teams of engineers facing an identical problem—making electricity from uranium—could come up with completely different answers. In the 1950s, Canada began designing a reactor with tubes, heavy water, and natural uranium, while in the U.S. it was big pots of light water and enriched uranium.
But 80 years later, there is a remarkable convergence. The North American push for a new generation of nuclear reactors, mostly small modular reactors (SMRs), is becoming binational, with U.S. and Canadian companies seeking markets and regulatory certification on both sides of the border and in many cases sourcing key components in the other country.
Giuseppe Palmiotti, J. Blair Briggs, Teruhiko Kugo, Edward (Fitz) Trumble, Albert C. (Skip) Kahler, Dale Lancaster
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 178 | Number 3 | November 2014 | Pages 295-310
Technical Paper | doi.org/10.13182/NSE14-33
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The International Reactor Physics Experiment Evaluation Project (IRPhEP) and the International Criticality Safety Benchmark Evaluation Project (ICSBEP) provide evaluated integral benchmark data that may be used for validation of reactor physics/nuclear criticality safety analytical methods and data, nuclear data testing, advanced modeling and simulation, and safety analysis licensing activities. The handbooks produced by these programs are used in over 30 countries. Five example applications are presented in this paper: (a) use of IRPhEP data in uncertainty analyses and cross-section adjustment, (b) uncertainty evaluation methods for reactor core design at Japan Atomic Energy Agency using reactor physics experimental data, (c) application of benchmarking data to a broad range of criticality safety problems, (d) cross-section data testing with ICSBEP benchmarks, and (e) use of the International Handbook of Evaluated Reactor Physics Benchmark Experiments to support the power industry.