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Title: Lecture Notes on Criticality Safety Validation Using MCNP & Whisper

Training classes for nuclear criticality safety, MCNP documentation. The need for, and problems surrounding, validation of computer codes and data area considered first. Then some background for MCNP & Whisper is given--best practices for Monte Carlo criticality calculations, neutron spectra, S(α,β) thermal neutron scattering data, nuclear data sensitivities, covariance data, and correlation coefficients. Whisper is computational software designed to assist the nuclear criticality safety analyst with validation studies with the Monte Carlo radiation transport package MCNP. Whisper's methodology (benchmark selection – Ck's, weights; extreme value theory – bias, bias uncertainty; MOS for nuclear data uncertainty – GLLS) and usage are discussed.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1] ;  [1]
  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1241648
Report Number(s):
LA-UR--16-21659
TRN: US1600901
DOE Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING; 73 NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RADIATION PHYSICS; THERMAL NEUTRONS; VALIDATION; MONTE CARLO METHOD; CRITICALITY; SAFETY; CALCULATION METHODS; M CODES; LECTURES; NEUTRON SPECTRA; DATA COVARIANCES; TRAINING; NEUTRON TRANSPORT; BENCHMARKS; CORRELATIONS; DESIGN; DOCUMENTATION; SCATTERING; SENSITIVITY ANALYSIS; W CODES; MANUALS Monte Carlo, neutron transport