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ORNL researchers employ extraction probe for rapid safeguards analysis
International nuclear safeguards verification relies on a precise count of isotope particles collected on swipes during International Atomic Energy Agency inspections of nuclear facilities and isolated through a series of lengthy chemical separations that can take about 30 days to complete. On October 15, Oak Ridge National Laboratory—a member of the IAEA’s Network of Analytical Laboratories (NWAL)—announced that analytical chemists at the site have developed a faster way to measure isotopic ratios of uranium and plutonium collected on swipes, which could help IAEA analysts detect the presence of undeclared nuclear activities or material.
Akio Yamamoto, Akinori Giho, Tomohiro Endo
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 192 | Number 3 | December 2018 | Pages 240-253
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295639.2018.1501978
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A flux region assignment algorithm to increase cache efficiency for the method of characteristics (MOC) is proposed. In order to minimize the stride of memory access, flux region identifications are assigned based on the ray trace sequence during the MOC calculation. The present method is implemented in the three-dimensional transport code GENESIS and its performance is confirmed through verification calculations ranging from single pressurized water reactor (PWR) fuel assembly to PWR full-core benchmark problems. Quantitative comparison of cache efficiency is carried out and the present method shows improved cache efficiency, which results in a reduction in computation time. The present method can reduce computational time by improving cache efficiency while suppressing memory requirement.