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DATA RECOVERY EFFORTS AT IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY, OAK RIDGE
NATIONAL LABORATORY, AND SAVANNAH RIVER NATIONAL LABORATORY
Idaho National Laboratory
Savannah River National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Modem nuclear facilities will have significant process monitoring capability for their operators.
These systems will also be used for domestic safeguards applications, which has led to research
over new diversion-detection algorithms. Curiously missing from these efforts are verification
and validation data sets. A tri-laboratory project to locate the existing data sets and recover their
data has yielded three major potential sources of data. The first is recovery of the process
monitoring data of the Idaho Chemical Processing Plant, which now has a distributable package
for algorithm developers. The second data set is extensive sampling and process data from
Savannah River National Laboratory's F- and H-canyon sites. Finally, high fidelity data from the
start-up tests at the Barnwell Reprocessing Facility is in recovery. This paper details the data sets
and compares their relative attributes.
Nuclear energy and technology is one of the most promising long term alternatives to
petroleum and other nonrenewable fuels. However, due to the dangers of radiation exposure and
nuclear-weapons proliferation, measures must be taken to protect operators and the surrounding
areas from radiation exposure and to ensure that nuclear facilities are not misused. While the
former has already been addressed by safety-design measures within facilities, the creators of
nuclear safeguards are working to develop an even more effective ways to achieve the latter.
Modem nuclear facilities will include process monitoring for safeguards in addition to such
monitoring for safety and efficiency. Process monitoring for safeguards will use state-of-the-art
diversion-detection algorithms and methods. Creating methods which can be employed in
practice requires the comparison and test of the designed algorithms with real data from a
nuclear reprocessing plant for validation of the algorithms. Because there is no active
commercial reprocessing facility in the United States, and the existing data from large-scale
reprocessing in the past had not been recovered, current algorithm developments are testing on
synthetic data that is not expressly verified and validated. The recovery of historic data will
prevent the loss of a major capability, validated simulation, in the United States to support the
international safeguards systems.
Three major potential sources of validation data are described in summary: the Idaho
Chemical Processing Plant (ICPP), the F Canyon of the Savannah River Site, and start-up tests
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Metcalf, Richard; Salaymeh, Saleem & Ehinger, Michael. DATA RECOVERY EFFORTS AT IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY, OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY, AND SAVANNAH RIVER NATIONAL LABORATORY, article, July 1, 2010; Idaho. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1015278/m1/2/: accessed November 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.