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A day in the life of the nuclear community
The November issue of Nuclear News is focused on the individuals who make up our nuclear community.
We invited a small group of those individuals to tell us about their day-to-day work in some of the many occupations and applications of nuclear science and technology, and they responded generously. They were ready to tell us about the part they play, together with colleagues and team members, in supplying clean energy, advancing technology, protecting safety and health, and exploring fundamental science.
In these pages, we see a community that can celebrate both those workdays that record progress moving at a steady pace and the exceptional days when a goal is reached, a briefing is delivered, a contract goes through, a discovery is made, or an unforeseen challenge is overcome.
The Nuclear News staff hopes that you enjoy meeting these members of our community—or maybe get reacquainted with friends—through their words and photos.
Evgeny Ivanov, Giovanni Bruna, Antonio Sargeni, Franck Dubois
Nuclear Technology | Volume 205 | Number 12 | December 2019 | Pages 1529-1539
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2019.1627122
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As a technical support organization for French Public Authorities, the Institute for Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) shall participate in policy making on nuclear safety and radiation protection. In the framework of its current activity, the IRSN performs analysis and comparison of different safety assessment approaches, including Best Estimate Plus Uncertainty (BEPU), among others. Although BEPU is not yet recognized worldwide, the authors consider it a promising way to stimulate the involvement of a new generation of numerical tools and high-fidelity experiment data for nuclear safety assessment and development of nuclear technology. This paper discusses enabling factors and constraints for BEPU from technical and global points of view, relying on scientific background as well as current practice with respect to its potential role in regulation and, more generally, in a decision-making process.