IAEA

International Atomic Energy Agency

Physics Section, NAPC

Dept. of Nuclear Sciences and Applications

P.O. Box 100

Wagramer Strasse 5

International Atomic Energy Agency

A-1400 Vienna, Austria

Contact:         Gunter Mank (g.mank@iaea.org)

Home page:  http://www.iaea.or.at/worldatom/rrdb

Data from the IAEAs Research Reactor Database (RRDB) provides information with respect to the status of the worlds research reactors.

Each year the IAEA sends out questionnaires to the owners and operators of research reactors requesting an update on information relating to each facility. This information is fed into the IAEAs database and comprises the Research Reactor Database (RRDB).

The research reactor web site also contains a calendar of research
reactor meetings and activities. Previous conference: 11/2003 in Santiago de Chile.
Amongst the publications: "Safety Aspects of Cold Neutron Sources" by J.M. Astruc and K.H. Gobrecht.

Next International Conference on Research Reactor Utilization: see www.ottosix.com/events.htm

In IAEAs "SUBPROGRAMME ON RESEARCH REACTORS:
TECHNOLOGY AND NON-PROLIFERATION" talk given at IGORR2007 in Lyon by
P. Adelfang, et al., you can read :

3.2. Project D.2.0.2: Supporting RR Modernization and Innovation

Member States, especially developing Member States, involved in planning or carrying out refurbishment and modernization of RRs often look to the IAEA for advice and assistance and to exchange information and ideas. Similarly, IAEA assistance is requested when new RRs or major  innovative systems, such as in-core loops or cold sources, are being planned or constructed. Regional and interregional thematic collaborations, networking and centres of excellence are being increasingly considered worldwide as an appropriate way to enhance utilization of RRs. This project is designed to fulfil these needs by collecting and sharing relevant information, including best practices and lessons learned.

Two important safety guides have been published earlier by IAEA:

"SAFETY GUIDE ON SAFETY ASSESSMENT OF RESEARCH REACTORS AND PREPARATION OF THE SAFETY ANALYSIS REPORT" (Safety Series 35-G1)

and "SAFETY GUIDE ON SAFETY IN THE UTILIZATION AND MODIFICATION OF RESEARCH REACTORS" (Safety Series 35-G2)

more recent publications: ICANS18_Id74
An IAEA Coordinated Research Project on "Improved production and utilization of short pulsed, cold neutron beams", presented by F._Mulhauser, G. Mank, and M. Furusaka.