June 18, 2006
June 18, 2006
June 21, 2006
Nuclear and Radiological
11.1399.1 - 11.1399.15
Using Nonproliferation Assessment Tool Software (NAT) for Teaching Proliferation Concepts Regarding the Nuclear Fuel Cycle
The University of Texas at Austin has developed a software package, the Nonproliferation Assessment Tool (NAT), supported by a contract with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Nuclear Science and Technology Division, International Safeguards Group. The NAT software package is an advancement in the field of nuclear nonproliferation because of its ability to collect, manipulate, analyze, and store large amounts of Nuclear Fuel Cycle (NFC) facility data in order to produce a comparative Proliferation Resistance (PR) value as well as a Nuclear Security (NS) measure for NFC facilities and facility chains, respectively. With non-proliferation and nuclear fuel cycle courses now becoming more popular with both graduate and undergraduate nuclear engineering courses, it is worthwhile to develop an interactive software program that can readily explain the major concepts in these areas. These capabilities can be utilized to teach students about the facilities that comprise the NFC as well as how different parameters affect the PR or NS value of a facility or chain of facilities, respectively.
Which Students Can Best Benefit from the NAT
It is recommended to incorporate NAT into nuclear engineering courses focusing on fuel cycles or nonproliferation in the junior year and above. Graduate students interested in proliferation resistance quantification methodologies can also benefit from the NAT software. Students who can name the basic facilities used in the nuclear fuel cycle and understand their purpose will reap the greatest benefits from the incorporation of the NAT software into their coursework.
Using NAT to Teach Students about NFC Facilities
When using the NAT software package, the user is first required to enter pertinent data on the NFC facilities of interest. The following facility types are included in the software: 1. Mine/Mill 2. Conversion 3. Enrichment 4. Fuel Fabrication 5. Reactor 6. Reprocessing 7. Permanent Storage
All facilities require descriptive information such as the facility name, country, location, latitude, longitude, etc. The quantitative data required for each facility type differs somewhat due to the nature of each, but many fields are synonymous for all facilities. Table 1 lists all the required fields for each facility type. There is a Help function that,
Foltz Biegalski, K., & Pratt, V., & Pintel, T., & Landsberger, S., & Whitaker, M. (2006, June), Using Nonproliferation Assessment Tool (Nat) Software For Teaching Proliferation Concepts Associated With The Nuclear Fuel Cycle Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--723
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