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International Conference on Nuclear Data for Science and Technology 2007
handbook entitled, International Handbook of Evaluated
Reactor Physics Benchmark Experiments (IRPhEP
Handbook) . The second edition of the IRPhEP
Handbook, the March 2007 Edition, spans over 15,000 pages
and contains data from 21 experimental series performed at
13 reactor facilities. This handbook includes evaluated data
from five liquid metal fast reactors (JOYO, BFS-1, BFS-2,
ZPPR, and ZEBRA), one gas-cooled reactor (HTR-10), one
heavy-water reactor (DCA), three light-water reactors
(DIMPLE, CROCUS, and IPEN MB-01), one pressurized
water reactor (VENUS), and two VVER reactors (ZR6 and
PFACILITY). Four fundamental physics evaluations of non-
fast-reactor measurements performed on BFS-1 and BFS-2
are also included.
Seventeen of the 21 evaluations are approved benchmarks;
however, three were not finalized in time for publication.
The remaining four evaluations are published as draft
documents only. Completion of the draft evaluations is
planned for the 2008 Edition, in addition to several new
evaluations that are currently in progress.
2. The 2006 ICSBEP and 2007 IRPhEP
2.1 ICSBEP Handbook
The 2006 Edition of the ICSBEP Handbook  was
published in September of 2006 "fig. 1" and is available on
DVD or on the Internet. Both the DVD version and a
password to access the online version can be requested from
the ICSBEP Internet site at <http://icsbep.inl.gov>.
Fig. 1. September 2006 edition of the ICSBEP Handbook.
The 2006 Edition of the ICSBEP Handbook includes
benchmark specifications for the following:
- 658 Pu experiments, of which 94 are metal (87 fast, 4
intermediate, 2 thermal, and 1 mixed), 529 solution
(thermal), and 35 compound (6 fast, 1 intermediate, 21
thermal, and 7 mixed);
- 1,233 highly-enriched U experiments, of which 477 are
metal (304 fast, 14 intermediate, 127 thermal, and 32
mixed), 466 solution (3 intermediate and 463 thermal),
283 compound (8 fast, 14 intermediate, 216 thermal, and
45 mixed), 5 mixed metal/solution (thermal), and 2
- 85 intermediate- and mixed-enrichment U experiments,
of which 20 are metal (fast), 5 solution (thermal), and 60
compound (2 fast, 14 intermediate, 41 thermal, and 3
- 1,246 low-enrichment U experiments, of which 65 are
metal (thermal), 104 solution (thermal), 1,066
compound (thermal), and 11 mixed compound/solution
- 245 233U experiments, of which 11 are metal (10 fast, 1
thermal), 229 solution (192 thermal, 29 intermediate,
and 8 mixed), and 5 compound (thermal);
- 468 mixed Pu-U experiments, of which 48 are metal (45
fast, 2 intermediate, and 1 mixed), 72 solution (thermal),
and 276 compound (1 fast, 3 intermediate, 255 thermal,
and 17 mixed), 56 mixed compound/solution systems
(thermal), and 16 mixed metal/compound (8 fast and 8
- 20 special isotope experiments, all of which are metal
(fast) (244Cm, 238Pu, 237Np, and 242Pu);
- Three criticality-alarm/shielding benchmarks containing
21 configurations with numerous dose points;
- One fundamental physics benchmark, which includes 20
2.2 IRPhEP Handbook
The 2007 Edition of the IRPhEP Handbook  was
published in March of 2007 "fig. 2" and is currently
available only on DVD. The DVD version can be requested
from the IRPhEP Internet site at
Fig. 2. March 2007 edition of the IRPhEP Handbook.
The IRPhEP Handbook contains data and, in most cases,
benchmark specifications for the following:
- Two VVER reactors: PFacility-VVER-EXP-001
contains benchmark specifications for criticality, but the
data provided for the reaction rates have not yet been
evaluated. ZPR6-VVER-EXP-001 contains benchmark
specifications for criticality, buckling measurements,
spectral characteristics, reactivity effects, reactivity
coefficients, and reaction-rate distributions.
- Three liquid metal fast reactors: BFS1-LMFR-EXP-001
contains benchmark specifications for criticality,
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Briggs, J. Blair; Scott, Lori; Rugama, Yolanda & Satori, Enrico. INTEGRAL BENCHMARK DATA FOR NUCLEAR DATA TESTING THROUGH THE ICSBEP AND THE NEWLY ORGANIZED IRPHEP, article, April 1, 2007; [Idaho Falls, Idaho]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc888604/m1/3/: accessed September 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.