New Search Interface for Research Reactor Database Released

New Interface of the RRDB

9 June 2011 | In an effort to make finding the right information easier, a new search interface for the Research Reactor Database (RRDB) has been released. The database contains information on nearly 700 research reactor facilities in 70 states around the world. It is a joint project overseen by the Agency’s Physics Section (Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications) and the Research Reactor Section of the Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology.

The new interface allows users query the database in a number of new ways that make finding a specific reactor or subset of reactors easier. The interface allows users now to search for reactors by region, multiple countries, operational status, and by type of utilization.

“If a user needs information about research reactors around the world that have, for example, facilities for isotope generation, this information is now much easier to find through the Research Reactor Database” says Pablo Adelfang, who heads the Agency’s Research Reactor Section. “Also, there are fifteen new categories for formulating searches, which should help users find more specific information easily and quickly”, Mr Adelfang adds.

The RRDB came out of the merging of two separate databases in 2005: one database catalogued technical and utilization information about research reactors around the world; the other contained information about the research reactor fuel cycle, for example fuel types used and amounts of stored spent fuel.

While both datasets are now part of the RRDB, only the first – on technical and utilization information of reactors – is publically available. Fuel cycle information is restricted to database administrators, though summary reports about fuel types are available. Both databases are populated and updated on-line by officially-nominated Facility Data Providers from each research reactor.

The RRDB can be accessed via the IAEA’s Nucleus portal, or by clicking here.

Contact: Research Reactor-Contact Point

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