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The Conference

The Canadian Nuclear Society will be holding its 8th International Conference on Simulation Methods in Nuclear Science and Engineering in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, October 9-11, 2018 (Tue -Thu).

Objective of the Conference

The objective of the Conference is to provide an international forum for discussion and exchange of information, results and views amongst scientists and engineers working in the various fields of nuclear science and engineering.

Plenary Speakers

  • liangzhi_cao

    Liangzhi Cao

    Professor, School of Nuclear Science and Technology, Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU) China.

    Title: Development of a High Fidelity Numerical Reactor Model and its Uncertainty Quantification

    Abstract and Biography

  • paul_chan

    Paul Chan

    Professor, Royal Military College (RMC), Canada

    Title: Margin Improvement Initiatives: Realistic Approaches

    Abstract and Biography

  • konstandin_ivan

    Kostadin Ivanov

    Professor and Head of Department of Nuclear Engineering, North Carolina State University (NCSU), United States

    Title: Benchmark Approach for Consistent Testing of Multi-Physics Uncertainty Propagation in Reactor Calculations

    Abstract and Biography

  • yonghee_kim

    Yonghee Kim

    Professor, Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea.

    Title: Challenges for Autonomous Water-cooled Small Modular Reactor ATOM Development

    Abstract and Biography

  • brent_lewis

    Brent Lewis

    Professor Emeritus, Royal Military College (RMC), Canada.

    Title: Modelling and Simulation of Radiation Exposure in Space

    Abstract and Biography

  • richard_martineau

    Richard Martineau

    Director of Nuclear Science & Technology’s Modeling and Simulation, Idaho National Lab (INL), United States.

    Title: Multi-scale Multi-physics Solution Approaches for Nuclear Power Applications


  • dave_novog

    Dave Novog

    Professor, McMaster University, Canada.

    Title: Issues and Experiences in Multi-scale Uncertainty Propagation in Computational Best Estimate Plus Uncertainty Approaches


  • feng_shen

    Feng Shen

    Director of Nuclear Power Software Development Center ofCentral Research Institute, State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC), China.

    Title: The Progress of COSINE Development and Assessment

    Abstract and Biography

  • darren-radford

    Darren Radford

    Title: High Performance Computing at CNL


  • william_w

    William Wieselquist

    SCALE Deputy Manager, Multi-Physics Team Lead, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), United States.

    Title: Interfacing SCALE with the Future

    Abstract and Biography

  • Szpunar

    Jerzy Szpunar

    Professor, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

    Title: Accident Tolerant Fuel and Novel Cladding to Address Development of GenIV and Small Modular Reactors

    Abstract and Biography

Click here for all Abstracts and Biographies

Topics of interest

The scope of the Conference covers simulation methods in all aspects of nuclear science and engineering, including, but not limited to:

  • Reactor Physics
  • Thermalhydraulics
  • Safety Analysis
  • Fuel and Fuel Channel Analysis
  • Computer Codes and Modelling
  • Verification &Validation of Computer Codes
  • Best-Estimate and Probabilistic Safety Analysis
  • Sensitivity and Uncertainty Analysis
  • Monte Carlo and its Applications
  • Operation Support
  • Simulation for Fusion Energy Applications
  • Advanced Reactors & Advanced Fuel Cycles
  • Irradiated-Fuel, Proliferation Resistance
  • Plant Refurbishment and Commissioning


Workshops and Tour


Tour of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Friday, October 12, all day.

The tour is now at full capacity, registration is closed.

Cost: $50, due when registering for the conference.
Also required: online visitor registration at CNL
Space is limited to 24 participants, register soon to avoid disappointment!


Registration for Workshops is $50 if registered for Conference, or $300 if not registered for Conference, allowing access to any or all of the four Workshops (two are concurrent);  There is no reduced registration for attendance at only one Workshop.


DRAGON Workshop

Tuesday, October 9, 8:30 – 11:00 AM

Delivered by ÉcolePolytechnique de Montréal.



SCALE Workshop

Tuesday, October 9, 11:45 AM – 2:45 PM

Delivered by Oak Ridge National Laboratories, US.



SuperMC Workshop

Tuesday, October 9, 3:00 – 6:00 pm (Concurrent with COBRA-TF Workshop)

Delivered by Institute for Nuclear Energy Safety Technology, China.



COBRA-TF Workshop

Tuesday, October 9, 3:00 – 6:00 pm (concurrent with SuperMC workshop)

Delivered by North Carolina State University, US.


Click here for details on all Workshops.

Panel Discussion on CANDU Thermalhydraulics

The conference will feature a panel session on "Current Knowledge and Areas for Improvement in CANDU Reactor Thermalhydraulics Simulations”.

Date/time: TBD

The panel session is organized by Dr. Yujun Guo, [Bio] Technical Specialist of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.

Five expert panelists will make brief presentations covering the following sub topics essential to CANDU reactor thermalhydraulics simulations:

  1. Experiments in support of CANDU reactor thermalhydraulics simulations (Mr. Gordon Hadaller, President of Stern Laboratories)
  2. Data analysis and development of prediction methods for major reactor thermalhydraulic parameters (Dr. Jun Yang, [Bio] Canadian Nuclear Laboratories)
  3. Development and improvement of computer codes (Dr. Nusret Aydemir, [Bio] Canadian Nuclear Laboratories)
  4. Verification and validation of prediction methods and computer codes (Dr. Yuksel Parlatan, [Bio] Ontario Power Generation)
  5. Quantification of simulation uncertainties (Prof. Maria Avramova, [Bio] North Carolina State University)

A discussion between panelists and the audience will follow the presentations.


Important dates and deadlines

Full-paper submission:......................2018 July 21
Notification of acceptance:................2018 August 1
Final paper submission:....................2018 September 1
Earlybird deadline for registration … 2018 September 4

Preliminary Program

The conference will have plenary and technical sessions as well as a panel session.

 A PDF documents of the preliminary program can be found here Sept. 6, 2019


Click here to register online.

Registration Fees for 
CNS 8th International Conference on Simulation Methods in Nuclear Science and Engineering

Note: All fees in CAN$
Note: To register as a CNS member, your membership must be in good standing for 2018
All prices include HST (#870488889 RT).

Registering As:

Earlybird By Sept. 4

Regular After Sept. 4

CNS Member



Non CNS Member



CNS Retiree Member



CNS Student Member



Participation in Tour to Chalk River Laboratories




Additional Proceedings



Includes all Conference Sessions, one copy of Proceedings, Reception, Conference meals (including Banquet with Entertainment)

Click here to register online.


Paper Submission

Submissions should present facts that are new and significant or represent a state-of-the-art review. 

For a full-paper submission, a clear exposition of the subject should be made in approximately 10 pages.  Proper references should be included for all closely related published information.  The full-paper submission will be considered for publication in the ASME Journal of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Science.

Presentations may also be made without submission of a full paper.  In this case, an abstract describing the work should be submitted.  The abstract and the slides of the presentation will be included in a separate section of the proceedings.  They will not be peer-reviewed and not be considered for publication in the ASME journal.

For the paper template click here
Submit your paper here:


Local Organising Committee

Executive Chair: Adriaan Buijs (McMaster University)
Technical Program Chair: Eleodor Nichita (University of Ontario Institute of Technology)
Plenary Program Chair: Wei Shen (CANDU Owners Group)
Assistant Executive Chair: Ben Rouben (12&1 Consulting)
Treasurer: Mohamed Younis (Kinectrics (NSS) Retired)
Sponsorships: Constantin Banica (OPG)

Contact US

CNS Office:
Tel.: +1 416-977-7620


Ottawa Marriott is our conference hotel.

Reservations can be made in person by calling 1-800-853-8463, or online at this web address:

Our Sponsors

The organizing committee is proud to acknowledge the Conference sponsors: