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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.
R. N. Slaybaugh, M. Ramirez-Zweiger, Tara Pandya, Steven Hamilton, T. M. Evans
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 190 | Number 1 | April 2018 | Pages 31-44
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295639.2017.1413875
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Three complementary methods have been implemented in the code Denovo that accelerate neutral particle transport calculations with methods that use leadership-class computers fully and effectively: a multigroup block (MG) Krylov solver, a Rayleigh quotient iteration (RQI) eigenvalue solver, and a multigrid in energy (MGE) preconditioner. The MG Krylov solver converges more quickly than Gauss Seidel and enables energy decomposition such that Denovo can scale to hundreds of thousands of cores. RQI should converge in fewer iterations than power iteration (PI) for large and challenging problems. RQI creates shifted systems that would not be tractable without the MG Krylov solver. It also creates ill-conditioned matrices. The MGE preconditioner reduces iteration count significantly when used with RQI and takes advantage of the new energy decomposition such that it can scale efficiently. Each individual method has been described before, but this is the first time they have been demonstrated to work together effectively.
The combination of solvers enables the RQI eigenvalue solver to work better than the other available solvers for large reactors problems on leadership-class machines. Using these methods together, RQI converged in fewer iterations and in less time than PI for a full pressurized water reactor core. These solvers also performed better than an Arnoldi eigenvalue solver for a reactor benchmark problem when energy decomposition is needed. The MG Krylov, MGE preconditioner, and RQI solver combination also scales well in energy. This solver set is a strong choice for very large and challenging problems.