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Abstract

The origin of the uncertainty affecting Performance Assessments, as well as their propagation to dose and risk results is discussed. The analysis is focused essentially on the uncertainties introduced by the input parameters, the values of which may range over some orders of magnitude and may be given as probability distribution function. The paper briefly reviews the existing sampling techniques used for Monte Carlo simulations and the methods for characterizing the output curves, determining their convergence and confidence limits. Annual doses, expectation values of the doses and risks are computed for a particular case of a possible repository in clay, in order to illustrate the significance of such output characteristics as the mean, the logarithmic mean and the median, as well as their ratios. The report concludes that provisionally, due to its better robustness, such estimation as the 90th percentile may be substituted to the arithmetic mean for comparison of the estimated doses with acceptance criteria. In any case, the results obtained through Uncertainty Analyses must be interpreted with caution as long as input data distribution functions are not derived from experiments reasonably reproducing the situation in a well characterized repository and site.

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Authors: MARIVOET J SCK/CEN, MOL (BELGIUM) SALTELLI A JRC - ISPRA ESTAB. (ITALY) CADELLI N CEC - BRUXELLES (BELGIUM) , SCK/CEN, MOL (BELGIUM);JRC - ISPRA ESTAB. (ITALY);CEC - BRUXELLES (BELGIUM)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 10934 EN (1987) MF, 22 P., BFR 150, BLOW-UP COPY BFR 200, EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003
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