Extrinsic and intrinsic complexities of the Los Alamos Plutonium Processing Facility

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Analysis of the data obtained in one year of plutonium accounting at Los Alamos reveals significant complexity. Much of this complexity arises from the complexity of the processes themselves. Additional complexity is induced by errors in the data entry process. It is important to note that there is no evidence that this complexity is adversely affecting the accounting in the plant. We have been analyzing transaction data from fiscal year 1983 processing. This study involved 62,595 transactions. The data have been analyzed using the relational database program INGRES on a VAX 11/780 computer. This software allows easy manipulation of the ... continued below

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Bearse, R.C.; Longmire, V.L. & Roberts, N.J. January 1, 1985.

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Analysis of the data obtained in one year of plutonium accounting at Los Alamos reveals significant complexity. Much of this complexity arises from the complexity of the processes themselves. Additional complexity is induced by errors in the data entry process. It is important to note that there is no evidence that this complexity is adversely affecting the accounting in the plant. We have been analyzing transaction data from fiscal year 1983 processing. This study involved 62,595 transactions. The data have been analyzed using the relational database program INGRES on a VAX 11/780 computer. This software allows easy manipulation of the original data and subsets drawn from it. We have been attempting for several years to understand the global features of the TA-55 accounting data. This project has underscored several of the system's complexities. Examples that will be reported here include audit trails, lot-name multiplicity, etc.

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  • 26. annual meeting of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management, Albuquerque, NM, USA, 21 Jul 1985

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  • Report No.: LA-UR-85-2566
  • Report No.: CONF-850765-18
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5453327
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1067217

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Bearse, R.C.; Longmire, V.L. & Roberts, N.J. Extrinsic and intrinsic complexities of the Los Alamos Plutonium Processing Facility, article, January 1, 1985; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1067217/: accessed November 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.