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The Toronto Branch of the Canadian Nuclear Society announces a public seminar


Speaker:                 Zafar Farooqui, Ph.D., Nuclear Analyst, Ontario Power Generation


Topic:                     A Tale of Two Computer Codes


Date and Time:        Thursday, November 15, 2001

                             11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Location:                Main Auditorium, OPG Head office, 700 University Ave., Toronto

Visitors please enter the OPG front doors outside Queens Park subway station and take the stairs or elevator to the Mezzanine Level and follow the signs.


All welcome.  Coffee and donuts will be provided.





Predicting the power distribution of in CANDU reactors, during both steady, and changing conditions, is an important part of the design and analysis of reactor safety and control systems. A number of computer codes have been developed for this purpose.  The two well-known codes developed in Canada for simulating the space-time behaviour of CANDU reactors are named SMOKIN and CERBERUS.


The intent of this presentation is NOT to give a course on the underlying theories behind these two codes. The objective is to explain, (i) the differences between the codes, (ii) their strengths and weaknesses, (iii) how one was chosen over the other for use in safety analysis, and (iv) the future of these two codes.


Speaker's Biography

Dr Zafar Farooqui has been with Ontario Power Generation since 1974. He spent the first three years conducting “Probabilistic Risk Assessment”. For the last twenty-four years, he has been with the “Reactor Physics Section” of the Nuclear Analysis Department. Besides being involved in all kind of physics studies, he has also contributed towards the development many computer and new evaluation models for facilitating reactor physics analysis. For the last ten years, he has been conducting Safety Analyses for OPG reactors first with SMOKIN, and more recently with CERBERUS.


Zafar has a Masters and a Ph. D. in Nuclear Engineering from U.S.A. In his early career, he taught physics to Senior Cambridge and Higher Senior Cambridge students. He has also worked in association with the Commonwealth Edison Company of Chicago during his Ph. D. project.


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