A new paradigm to establish the safety basis for nuclear explosives operations

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The U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) has recognized that safety assurance requires a balance of institutional and engineering approaches as part of an ongoing safety process. This recognition formed the basis for a new approach to nuclear explosive safety with a focus on the inherent value of the examination process, as opposed to an absolute justification of the nuclear explosive operation against some preddined acceptance criteria. This new approach to safety is reflected in recent DOE Orders and Standards in that there is no requirement that quantitative risk assessment or risk quantification be used in meeting requirements. Furthermore, there ... continued below

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Fischer, Stewart R., Clement, Steven, Stack, Desmond W. September 13, 1998.

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The U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) has recognized that safety assurance requires a balance of institutional and engineering approaches as part of an ongoing safety process. This recognition formed the basis for a new approach to nuclear explosive safety with a focus on the inherent value of the examination process, as opposed to an absolute justification of the nuclear explosive operation against some preddined acceptance criteria. This new approach to safety is reflected in recent DOE Orders and Standards in that there is no requirement that quantitative risk assessment or risk quantification be used in meeting requirements. Furthermore, there is no requirement to compare hazard and accident analysis results against numerical acceptance criteria. This paper discusses the evolution of the DOE nuclear explosive safety orders and compares those with facility safety requirements. The DOE nuclear explosive safety process is examined, and an example application is discussed with emphasis on identification of safety measures and controls.

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  • PSAM 4, New York, NY (US), September 13-18, 1998

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  • Other: DE00001308
  • Report No.: LA-UR--98-1635
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 1308
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc628321

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Fischer, Stewart R., Clement, Steven, Stack, Desmond W. A new paradigm to establish the safety basis for nuclear explosives operations, article, September 13, 1998; Los Alamos, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc628321/: accessed July 15, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.