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HPS's Eric Goldin: On health physics
Eric Goldin, president of the Health Physics Society, is a radiation safety specialist with 40 years of experience in power reactor health physics, supporting worker and public radiation safety programs. A certified health physicist since 1984, he has served on the American Board of Health Physics, and since 2004, he has been a member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements’ Program Area Committee 2, which provides guidance for radiation safety in occupational settings for a variety of industries and activities. He was awarded HPS Fellow status in 2012 and was elected to the NCRP in 2014.
Goldin’s radiological engineering experience includes ALARA programs, instrumentation, radioactive waste management, emergency planning, dosimetry, decommissioning, licensing, effluents, and environmental monitoring.
The HPS, headquartered in Herndon, Va., is the largest radiation safety society in the world. Its membership includes scientists, safety professionals, physicists, engineers, attorneys, and other professionals from academia, industry, medical institutions, state and federal government, the national laboratories, the military, and other organizations.
The HPS’s activities include encouraging research in radiation science, developing standards, and disseminating radiation safety information. Its members are involved in understanding, evaluating, and controlling the potential risks from radiation relative to the benefits.
Goldin talked about the HPS and health physics activities with Rick Michal, editor-in-chief of Nuclear News.
Ang Zhu, Yunlin Xu, Thomas Downar
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 186 | Number 1 | April 2017 | Pages 23-37
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295639.2016.1272387
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Fourier analysis of the continuous infinite homogenous multigroup (MG) formulation is investigated in this paper for the time-dependent Boltzmann transport equation using discrete ordinates formulation. In addition, a continuous two-group (2G) and one-group (1G) Fourier analysis is performed to generate an analytical spectral radius and provide the basis for a theoretical analysis of the convergence. The discrete 1G formulation is then presented, and the theoretical analysis is found to predict the same spectral radius as the continuous 1G formulation. A typical pressurized water reactor pin cell problem with 47-group library is then homogenized with reflective boundary conditions, and the numerical spectral radius is calculated using the MPACT code. The theoretical predictions and the numerical results from the pin cell case agree very well and are found to have the following behavior: (1) The spectral radius is usually very close to unity for standard parameters for realistic transient application, (2) the spectral radius generally decreases as a function of inners per outer M, (3) the spectral radius generally decreases as a function of time-step size and then increases beyond unity for extremely small time steps, and (4) the spectral radius is almost constant as a function of the inserted reactivity. Good agreement is observed with the MG Fourier analysis. Finally, it is shown that the group sweeping coarse mesh finite difference method is theoretically and numerically very slow to converge the time-dependent neutron transport equation and that it is necessary to move the right-hand-side fission and transient source to the left-hand side and to solve the entire matrix form of the system.