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Applications of inventory difference tool at Los Alamos Plutonium Facility

Description: A prototype computer program reads the inventory entries directly from the Microsoft Access database. Based on historical data, the program then displays temporal trends and constructs a library of rules that encapsulate the system behavior. The analysis of inventory data is illustrated using a combination of realistic and simulated facility examples. Potential payoffs of this methodology include a reduction in time and resources needed to perform statistical tests and a broad applicability to DOE needs such as treaty verification.
Date: December 31, 1998
Creator: Hench, K.W.; Longmire, V.; Yarbro, T.F. & Zardecki, A.
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Anomaly and error detection in computerized materials control & accountability databases

Description: Unites States Department of Energy sites use computerized material control and accountability (MC&A) systems to manage the large amounts of data necessary to control and account for their nuclear materials. Theft or diversion of materials from these sites would likely result in anomalies in the data, and erroneous information greatly reduces the value of the information to its users. Therefore, it is essential that MC&A data be periodically assessed for anomalies or errors. At Los Alamos National Laboratory, we have been developing expert systems to provide efficient, cost-effective, automated error and anomaly detection. Automated anomaly detection can provide assurance of the integrity of data, reduce inventory frequency, enhance assurance of physical inventory, detect errors in databases, and gain a better perspective on overall facility operations. The Automated MC&A Database Assessment Project is aimed at improving anomaly and error detection in MC&A databases and increasing confidence in the data. We are working with data from the Los Alamos Plutonium Facility and the Material Accountability and Safeguards System, the Facility`s near-real-time computerized nuclear material accountability and safeguards system. This paper describes progress in customizing the expert systems to the needs of the users of the data and reports on our results.
Date: September 1, 1997
Creator: Whiteson, R.; Hoffbauer, B. & Yarbro, T.F.
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Description: Los Alamos National Laboratory is preparing excess nuclear material for shipment to Savannah River Site (SRS) for final disposition. Prior to shipment the nuclear material will be stabilized and packaged to meet strict criteria. The criterion that must be met include: (1) the DOE stabilization, packaging and storage requirements for plutonium bearing materials, DOE-STD-3013, (2) shipping container packaging requirements, (3) SRS packaging and storage criteria, and (4) DOE Material Disposition criteria for either immobilization or MOX reactor fuel. Another issue in preparing for this transfer is the DOE certification of shipping containers and the availability of shipping containers. This transfer of the nuclear material is fully supported by the EM, DP and NN Sections of the DOE, as well as, by LANL and SRS, yet a strong collaboration is needed to meet all established requirements relating to stabilization, packaging, shipment, storage and final disposition. This paper will present the overall objectives, the issues and the planned strategy to accomplish this nuclear material transfer.
Date: June 1, 2001
Creator: Hoth, C. W.; Foster, L. A. & Yarbro, T. F.
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Facility model for the Los Alamos Plutonium Facility

Description: The Los Alamos Plutonium Facility contains more than sixty unit processes and handles a large variety of nuclear materials, including many forms of plutonium-bearing scrap. The management of the Plutonium Facility is supporting the development of a computer model of the facility as a means of effectively integrating the large amount of information required for material control, process planning, and facility development. The model is designed to provide a flexible, easily maintainable facility description that allows the faciltiy to be represented at any desired level of detail within a single modeling framework, and to do this using a model program and data files that can be read and understood by a technically qualified person without modeling experience. These characteristics were achieved by structuring the model so that all facility data is contained in data files, formulating the model in a simulation language that provides a flexible set of data structures and permits a near-English-language syntax, and using a description for unit processes that can represent either a true unit process or a major subsection of the facility. Use of the model is illustrated by applying it to two configurations of a fictitious nuclear material processing line.
Date: January 1, 1986
Creator: Coulter, C.A.; Thomas, K.E.; Sohn, C.L.; Yarbro, T.F. & Hench, K.W.
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Inventory planning for feed metal production and excess materials disposition.

Description: Inventory planning and scheduling at the Los Alamos National Laboratory nuclear facility (TA-55) has become increasingly demanding given the limited supply of nuclear materials available for weapons production. This limitation comes from the shutdown of nuclear production reactors as well as the declaration of materials excess to national security within the DOE complex. The materials that have been declared excess to national security cannot be used in support of nuclear weapons activities and must be appropriately dispositioned. The matrices of the excess materials and the materials in the weapons; stream are often similar, if not identical, and must be processed and/or packaged utilizing the same personnel and facility resources. In order to segregate these materials and continue weapons production and dispositioning operations concurrently, careful tracking at the item level is required. Scheduling and campaigning of these materials must also be carefully monitored in order to meet both nuclear weapons production schedules as well as dispositioning milestones. All planning activities must consider the impact of processing operations on severely constrained resources including the special nuclear materials storage vault, the nondestructive assay laboratory, and the waste management and shipping operations. This paper details the methodologies and the use of simulation and other computerized tools by the Nuclear Materials Technology Division materials management organization at TA-55. These tools assist in predicting materials and resource availability and optimizing the inventory planning activities.
Date: January 1, 2001
Creator: Hench, K. W. (Karen W.); Owens, S. D. (Sammi D.); Yarbro, T. F. (Tresa F.); Sena, D. J. (Diana J.) & Mills, C. J. (Cindy J.)
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