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Sponsors and Representatives

The Office of Nuclear Engineering and the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) are sponsoring the workshop.

Program / Agenda

Break Out Sessions:

  • Performance Issues Surrounding Integrated Nuclear Energy Systems: These issues include but are not restricted to reactor core and safety simulations, nuclear fuel performance simulations, separations and safeguard simulations, waste forms and repository simulations, and materials simulations.
  • Materials Behavior: These issues include understanding the behavior of the materials in existing reactors that have undergone exposure to hostile conditions. This area will also cover the ability to create advanced materials that can be used in future systems with improved behavior properties.
  • Verification, Validation, and Uncertainty and Risk Quantification: This area will discuss the challenges of verification, validation and uncertainty quantification for the advanced modeling and simulation of fission nuclear energy systems. It will explore possible methods that could contribute to understanding how to better quantify the overall risk of nuclear energy systems.
  • Systems Integration: The use of modeling and simulation to understand the interactions between complex nuclear systems from the energy source itself up to and including the entire fuel cycle.

Agenda

Final Agenda [ PDF ]

Workshop Agenda
Monday, May 11th 2009
TIME SESSION LEAD LOCATION
7:30 am Coffee   SALON II Foyer
8:00 am Opening Remarks & Workshop Charter Ernie Moniz
Bob Rosner
SALON II
8:15 am Program Perspective Michael Strayer, DOE SC
Buzz Savage, DOE NE
SALON II
8:30 am Future Computing Environments Thomas Zacharia SALON II
9:00 am Charge to Breakout Groups Ernie Moniz
Bob Rosner
SALON II
9:30 am Coffee Break   SALON II Foyer
10:00 am Parallel Breakout Sessions with Presentations of Whitepapers at Each Session Session Chairs  
Integrated Performance and Safety Simulations of Nuclear Energy System Stephen Lee/Parviz Moin DIPLOMAT
Advanced Material Behavior Modeling Brian Wirth/Tomas Dias De La Rubia PLAZA A
Verification, Validation and Uncertainty Quantification for Nuclear Energy
Simulations
Marv Adams/Richard Klein BOARDROOM
Nuclear Energy Systems Integration Vic Reis/Yves Kaluzny CONSULATE
12:00 pm Working Lunch Continue working in panel sessions Session Rooms
1:00 pm Continue Parallel Breakout Sessions Session Chairs  
2:30 pm Coffee Break   SALON II Foyer
3:00 pm Initial Session Report - Integrated Performance and Safety Simulations of Nuclear Energy System Integrated Performance Codes
Session Chairs
SALON II
3:30 pm Initial Session Report - Advanced Material Behavior Modeling Advanced Materials
Session Chairs
SALON II
4:00 pm Initial Session Report - Verification, Validation and Uncertainty Quantification for Nuclear Energy Simulations Verification, Validation and Uncertainty Quantification
Session Chairs
SALON II
4:30 pm Initial Report - Nuclear Energy System Integration System Integration
Session Chairs
SALON II
5:00 pm Day One Observations and Wrap Up Ernie Moniz
Bob Rosner
SALON II
5:30 pm Adjourn    

 

Tuesday, May 12th 2009

TIME SESSION LEAD LOCATION
7:30 am Coffee   SALON II Foyer
8:00 am Day Two Welcome and Opening Remarks Ernie Moniz
Bob Rosner
SALON II
8:15 am Continuation of Breakout Sessions Session Chairs  
Integrated Performance and Safety Simulations of Nuclear Energy System Stephen Lee/Parviz Moin SALON II
Nuclear Energy Systems Integration Vic Reis/Yves Kaluzny SALON II
Advanced Material Behavior Modeling Brian Wirth/Tomas Dias De La Rubia AMBASSADOR
Verification, Validation and Uncertainty Quantification for Nuclear Energy Simulations Marv Adams/Richard Klein AMBASSADOR
9:30 am Coffee Break   SALON II Foyer
11:00 pm Budget Planning and Priorities: A Perspective from OMB and Congress   SALON II
12:00 pm Working Lunch Continue w/Panel Work SALON I
1:00 pm Final Session Report - Integrated Performance and Safety Simulations of Nuclear Energy System Stephen Lee/Parviz Moin SALON II
1:45 pm Final Session Report - Advanced Material Behavior Modeling Brian Wirth/Tomas Dias De La Rubia SALON II
2:30 pm Coffee Break   SALON II Foyer
3:00 pm Final Session Report - Verification, Validation and Uncertainty Quantification for Nuclear Energy Simulations Marv Adams/Richard Klein SALON II
3:45 pm Final Report - Nuclear Energy System Integration Vic Reis/Yves Kaluzny SALON II
4:30 pm Steps Forward for ASCR and AFCI   SALON II
5:00 pm Adjourn    

 

Panel/Breakout Topics and Questions:

SESSION PURPOSE

1. Integrated Performance and Safety Simulations of Nuclear Energy System

[White Paper]

This session will discuss issues that include, but are not restricted to, reactor core and safety, nuclear fuel performance, separations and safeguard, waste forms and repository.

Questions for this session will include:

  • What are the key technological challenges in each area?
  • What are the research priorities for development of key and missing simulation capability for addressing these challenges?

2. Advanced Material Behavior Modeling

[White Paper]

This session will discuss the understanding of behavior of the materials in existing reactors that have undergone exposure to hostile conditions. Also, this area will cover the ability to create advanced materials that can be used in future systems with improved behavior properties.

Questions for this session will include:

  • What physics is unknown that will be required for the modeling of materials needed for advanced nuclear energy systems?
  • What research is required into the lower length scale modeling approaches (e.g. molecular dynamics, quantum mechanics) needed for advanced material behavior modeling?
  • What opportunities will advanced petaFLOP/s and exaFLOP/s systems offer for this element of nuclear energy modeling and simulation?

3. Verification, Validation and Uncertainty Quantification for Nuclear Energy Simulations

[White Paper]

This area will discuss the challenges of verification, validation and uncertainty quantification for the advanced modeling and simulation of fission nuclear energy systems. It will explore possible methods for understanding the contribution to overall risk quantification of nuclear energy systems.

Questions for this area will include:

  • What V&V and UQ approaches should be used for nuclear energy systems modeling and simulation?
  • What research in complex mathematics is needed to deal with the V&V and UQ of simulations operating with millions of lines of code on millions of computing thread?
  • What experimental capabilities will be needed to support the V&V and UQ of nuclear energy advanced modeling and simulation capabilities?
  • The role of predictive modeling that is well-validated and underpinned by a robust quality assessment and QU methodology in the NRC licensing process

4. Nuclear Energy System Integration

[White Paper]

This session will discuss the use of modeling and simulation to understand the interactions between complex nuclear systems from the energy source itself up to and including the entire fuel cycle.

Questions for this area will include:

  • What are the important nuclear energy systems relationships that will drive the systems analysis?
  • Are the current generation of system analysis tools sufficient to capture the complexity of nuclear energy and if not, what areas of research are needed?
  • Will systems analysis require the use of high performance computing systems?