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In May 1996 the European Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) and the All-Russia Research Institute for Inorganic Materials (VNIINM) have signed an agreement on bilateral co-operation to establish a database system for analysis of nuclear material of unknown origin.
The main objective is to accumulate data covering characteristics of the nuclear fuel cycle in both Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, in order to:

- Optimise case-specific measurement procedures; - Support identification of origin and intended use of the nuclear material.

Characteristic data covering reactors, fresh fuel, and bulk material have so far been included in the system. The general concept can be referred to as database supported case-specific analysis where the database system is used for step-by-step narrowing of the range of potential sources by means of iterative exclusion. The main structure of the relational database system was developed at ITU, with essential contributions made by VNIINM experts. The structure provides a complex logical path from the measured characteristic parameters to the target information on the material's origin and intended use. use.

Additional information

Authors: SCHUBERT A ET AL, JRC Karlsruhe (DE);DOLGOV Y ET AL, All-Russia Institute for Inorganic Materials, Moscow (RU)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Russian International Conference on Nuclear Material Protection, Control and Accounting, Obninsk (RU), March 9-14, 1997
Availability: Available from (1) as paper EN 40458 ORA
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