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UWC 2020: A call for transformational change
Bowing to current COVID-19 realities but buoyed by the success of June’s virtual Annual Meeting, ANS event planners returned to the virtual realm for this year’s Utility Working Conference. Originally scheduled for August 9–12 at Marco Island, Fla., the condensed event was held Wednesday, August 11, wherever registrants’ computer devices happened to be located.
In addition to 26 educational sessions and workshops, UWC 2020 featured an opening plenary session titled “Achieving Transformational Change: A leadership discussion,” moderated by Bob Coward, MPR Associates principal officer and ANS past president (2017–2018). Plenary panelists included representatives from three utilities—Arizona Public Service (APS), Exelon, and Xcel Energy—plus the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 190 | Number 3 | June 2018 | Pages 258-270
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295639.2018.1429173
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
We present a self-consistency analysis of fission product yield evaluations. Anomalous yields are determined using a series of simple conservation checks and comparing charge distributions with common parameterizations. The summed average prompt neutron multiplicity for both products as a function of the heavy product mass is derived directly from the independent fission product yields with a procedure utilizing average charge conservation. This procedure is validated with Monte Carlo simulations of the de-excitation of the fission fragments in a Hauser-Feshbach statistical decay framework. The derived is compared with experimental data, when available, and then used to determine the prompt neutron multiplicity for the various evaluations. The propagated errors on from the average charge conservation method are significantly lower than the simple summation rules, which reveals that some evaluations are inconsistent with prompt neutron data. We propose possible solutions to remedy the observed inconsistencies and identify sources of the observed differences in between the various evaluation libraries.