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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.
Guangliang Chen, Zhijian Zhang, Zhaofei Tian, Thompson Appah, Lei Li, Xiaomeng Dong, Peizheng Hu
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 188 | Number 3 | December 2017 | Pages 270-281
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295639.2017.1367568
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
In a subchannel analysis, the assumptions of the physical models may be invalid when three-dimensional (3-D) effects play an important role because a large-scale model cannot consider a small-scale physical process. However, in a pressurized water reactor (PWR), the flow process has a high 3-D effect due to the effect of complex structures, such as dimple, spring, and mixing vane. A computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis can give more detailed physical information. So, the modeling assumptions of the subchannel analysis codes were analyzed using data from CFD analysis, and some issues were found: The spatial acceleration of the cross-flow rate and the viscous force from fluid to fluid should not be neglected; the lateral pressure gradient not only is a driving force but also can be a resistance at some vertical range; the traditional “resistant force term” has the same direction with the cross flow at some vertical ranges. To improve the subchannel code, one physical term considering both the driving and the resistance effect is suggested to be added in the traditional transverse momentum equation. The solution for this new term and the method using spatial acceleration of the cross flow were also provided.