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Title: Software quality assurance in the 1996 performance assessment for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

Abstract

The US Department of Energy (DOE) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), located in southeast New Mexico, is a deep geologic repository for the permanent disposal of transuranic waste generated by DOE defense-related activities. Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), in its role as scientific advisor to the DOE, is responsible for evaluating the long-term performance of the WIPP. This risk-based Performance Assessment (PA) is accomplished in part through the use of numerous scientific modeling codes, which rely for some of their inputs on data gathered during characterization of the site. The PA is subject to formal requirements set forth in federal regulations. In particular, the components of the calculation fall under the configuration management and software quality assurance aegis of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers(ASME) Nuclear Quality Assurance (NQA) requirements. This paper describes SNL's implementation of the NQA requirements regarding software quality assurance (SQA). The description of the implementation of SQA for a PA calculation addresses not only the interpretation of the NQA requirements, it also discusses roles, deliverables, and the resources necessary for effective implementation. Finally, examples are given which illustrate the effectiveness of SNL's SQA program, followed by a detailed discussion of lessons learned.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (US); Sandia National Labs., Livermore, CA (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
US Department of Energy (US)
OSTI Identifier:
755543
Report Number(s):
SAND99-2642J
TRN: US0003614
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Reliability Engineering and System Safety
Additional Journal Information:
Other Information: Submitted to Reliability Engineering and System Safety; PBD: 23 May 2000
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES, AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; 99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; WIPP; PERFORMANCE; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; COMPUTER CODES; QUALITY ASSURANCE; IMPLEMENTATION; SOFTWARE QUALITY ASSURANCE; SOFTWARE QA; SOFTWARE TESTING; SOFTWARE VERIFICATION; SOFTWARE VALIDATION; SOFTWARE LIFE-CYCLE; PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT; WASTE ISOLATION PILOT PLANT; TRANSURANIC WASTE; RADIOACTIVE WASTE

Citation Formats

FROEHLICH,GARY K., OGDEN,HARVEY C., and BYLE,KATHLEEN A. Software quality assurance in the 1996 performance assessment for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. United States: N. p., 2000. Web. doi:10.1016/S0951-8320(00)00018-1.
FROEHLICH,GARY K., OGDEN,HARVEY C., & BYLE,KATHLEEN A. Software quality assurance in the 1996 performance assessment for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. United States. doi:10.1016/S0951-8320(00)00018-1.
FROEHLICH,GARY K., OGDEN,HARVEY C., and BYLE,KATHLEEN A. Tue . "Software quality assurance in the 1996 performance assessment for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant". United States. doi:10.1016/S0951-8320(00)00018-1. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/755543.
@article{osti_755543,
title = {Software quality assurance in the 1996 performance assessment for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant},
author = {FROEHLICH,GARY K. and OGDEN,HARVEY C. and BYLE,KATHLEEN A.},
abstractNote = {The US Department of Energy (DOE) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), located in southeast New Mexico, is a deep geologic repository for the permanent disposal of transuranic waste generated by DOE defense-related activities. Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), in its role as scientific advisor to the DOE, is responsible for evaluating the long-term performance of the WIPP. This risk-based Performance Assessment (PA) is accomplished in part through the use of numerous scientific modeling codes, which rely for some of their inputs on data gathered during characterization of the site. The PA is subject to formal requirements set forth in federal regulations. In particular, the components of the calculation fall under the configuration management and software quality assurance aegis of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers(ASME) Nuclear Quality Assurance (NQA) requirements. This paper describes SNL's implementation of the NQA requirements regarding software quality assurance (SQA). The description of the implementation of SQA for a PA calculation addresses not only the interpretation of the NQA requirements, it also discusses roles, deliverables, and the resources necessary for effective implementation. Finally, examples are given which illustrate the effectiveness of SNL's SQA program, followed by a detailed discussion of lessons learned.},
doi = {10.1016/S0951-8320(00)00018-1},
journal = {Reliability Engineering and System Safety},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2000},
month = {5}
}