Title: Nuclear safeguard protocol construction for nuclear power plants using analytic hierarchy process with zero-sum method

Authors: Taeho Woo

Addresses: Department of Nuclear Engineering, Seoul National University, Gwanak 599, Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul, 151-742, Korea

Abstract: A nuclear safeguard protocol (NSP) is constructed for the nuclear material flow in the operation of nuclear power plants (NPPs). Secure plant operation is one of critical issues against the risk of possible terrorism. The basic event of the related incidents is quantified by the random sampling of the Monte-Carlo method incorporating a zero-sum method. The analytic hierarchy process is developed as the maximum pair values with multiplications which are decided by the matrix-form analysis used to compare five types of NPPs of interest. Using the life cycle of 60 years, the range of the secure operation is between 0.0166000 and 0.0209531 as relative numbers. This means that the highest value in the range of secure power operation is about 1.26 times higher than the lowest one in this study. Consistency in terms of Consistency Index (CI) and Consistency Ratio (CR) is the highest in the 24th and the 54th years. Therefore, the NSP is constructed for successful safe operation.

Keywords: SMF; safeguard measures factor; NPPs; nuclear power plants; AHP; analytical hierarchy process; zero-sum method; NSP; nuclear safeguard protocols; nuclear safety; nuclear security; nuclear material flow; nuclear energy; secure power operation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJNGEE.2011.042211

International Journal of Nuclear Governance, Economy and Ecology, 2011 Vol.3 No.3, pp.242 - 258

Available online: 31 Aug 2011 *

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