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Summary Report for the SINBAD Search

Tool Project

June 2012

Prepared by

Alice Cunha da Silva, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)

Work performed as part of the author’s two-month practicum assignment at ORNL under

mentorship by L. C. Leal through the ORNL Nuclear Science and Engineering Directorate

Educational Outreach Program. Financial support for the author provided by UFRJ.


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ORNL/TM-2012/63 Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division Summary Report for The SINBAD Search Tool Project Alice Cunha da Silva, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Work performed as part of the author’s two-month practicum assignment at ORNL under mentorship by L. C. Leal through the ORNL Nuclear Science and Engineering Directorate Educational Outreach Program. Financial support for the author provided by UFRJ.

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Fig. 1. Front page of the SINBAD Search Tool.

Fig. 2. Materials.

Fig. 3. Searching results.

Fig. 4. Example of a benchmark page.

Fig. 5. Input link

Fig. 6. Input page.

Fig. A.1. Previous search tool.

Fig. A.2. Previous search tool 2.

Fig. A.3. Previous search tool 3.

Fig. A.4. Previous search tool 4.

Fig. A.5. Previous search tool 5.

Fig. A.6. Previous search tool 6.

Fig. A.7. Previous search tool 7.

Fig. A.8. Previous search tool 8.

Fig. A.9. Previous search tool 9.

Fig. A.10. Previous search tool 10.

Fig. A.11. Previous search tool 11.

Fig. A.12. Previous search tool 12.


This work was performed as part of an educational practicum assignment with the Nuclear Data and Criticality Safety Group of the Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The author is particularly indebted to Luiz Leal and Mike Dunn (ORNL) and Su Jian (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) for their support. The author would also like to thank Robert Lefebvre and Dorothea Wiarda (ORNL) for their invaluable help.


The Shielding Integral Benchmark Archive Database (SINBAD) Search Tool has been developed to serve as an interface with the SINBAD database to facilitate a simple and quick means of searching for information related to experimental benchmark problems. The Search Tool is written in Java and provides a better and efficient way to retrieve information from the SINBAD database. Searches can be performed quickly and easily. With regard to improvements, users are no longer required to know the name of the benchmarks to search the database. Instead, a search can be performed by specifying the experimental facility, constituents of the experimental benchmark, etc. In summary, a new powerful database search tool has been developed for SINBAD.


The Shielding Integral Benchmark Archive Database1,2 (SINBAD) includes benchmark experiments relevant to reactor shielding, fusion, and accelerator shielding applications. The database stores and makes available information related to high-quality benchmark experiments, which is useful for validating radiation transport codes and nuclear data. Several benchmark experiments have been incorporated into SINBAD. Every year new experiments are proposed for inclusion in the SINBAD database. The Radiation Safety Information Computational Center (RSICC)3 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is responsible for collecting, evaluating, and distributing computer codes and databases pertinent to radiological study, including SINBAD.

The purpose of this work is to describe a tool, the SINBAD Search Tool that can be used for the simple and quick selection of documents and benchmarks resident in the SINBAD database.


The SINBAD system distributed by RSICC includes a very limited search tool that was developed in the HTML language. To find needed information with the existing tool, one must know the precise name of the benchmark (i.e., the user will have to look at each name of the benchmarks in the database). An example of the use of this tool is given in Appendix A.


To improve the searching procedure of information in the SINBAD database, a new tool has been developed in the programming language Java.4 This language offers several features including the ability to execute procedures in various operational systems. After examining the structure of the SINBAD database, it was decided that the Java language was suitable for the project.


For this project the NetBeans IDE 7.15 was chosen because it is a free open-source Integrated Development Environment for software development, with all the tools needed to create professional desktop, enterprise, web, and mobile applications with the Java platform.


The search tool developed in this work consists of a graphical user interface (GUI) that permits the users to choose from a frame of options the information that better qualifies the benchmark search. As a result, the SINBAD Search Tool returns a list of benchmark names that matches the user’s request. Examples of the search procedure using the search tool are displayed in Figs.1–6. The first page of the search tool is shown in Fig. 1. As can be seen, there are four boxes labeled Type, Material, Laboratory, and Geometry.

Descriptions of each parameter are as follows:

Type: The user chooses the type of benchmark application, namely, Reactor Shielding, Fusion Neutronic Shielding, or Accelerator Shielding, of interest. If “All” is selected, all three options are retrieved simultaneously.

Material: The user provides the name of the material of interest. More than one material may be specified as shown in Fig. 2. This is the only field in which the user can choose more than one option.

The method of doing so is operating-system dependent. On a Windows machine, the user must press the “Ctrl” key while pressing the second, third, and other choices. Selecting “Any” retrieves all options simultaneously.

Laboratory: The user provides the name of the laboratory responsible for performing the benchmark experiments of interest. Selecting “All” retrieves all options simultaneously.

Geometry: The user specifies the type of geometry of interest. Selecting “Any” retrieves all options simultaneously.

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After the search parameters are defined and the “Execute Search” button is pressed, a frame that lists the benchmark names that are well matched with the user’s requested choices is presented as shown in Fig. 3.

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For some benchmark experiments present in the SINBAD database, also included is an input description for some computer codes. Input data for more than one code system may exist for a single benchmark. If so, this information will be displayed in parentheses beside the benchmark name. This feature is shown in Fig. 3.

After the search is complete, the user may be able to further refine the search and choose the specific benchmark experiment needed. This is done by selecting the benchmark experiment inquired and pressing the button “Open.” The benchmark


will open in the default browser as shown in Fig. 4.

Any available benchmark computer code input is indicated on the page with the extension.INP as shown in Fig. 5. As an example, the input to the code DOT is specified by “dot35.INP.” The contents can be displayed by clicking on “dot35.INP,” which will open a page in the default browser of the user’s computer as shown in Fig. 6.

Fig. 4. Example of a benchmark page.

Fig. 5. Input link.

Fig. 6. Input page.

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To facilitate searches for information in the SINBAD database, a new tool written in the Java language has been developed. This tool, called the SINBAD search tool, provides a better and efficient way to retrieve information from the SINBAD database. Searches can be performed quickly and easily. The users are no longer required to know the name of the benchmarks for which they are searching. Instead, the search is carried out by requiring information such as the facility where an experiment was done, the constituents of the experimental benchmark, and so on.

In future versions of the SINBAD search tool, features can be added to improve the program:

• The HTML files that contain the benchmarks abstracts could be standardized.

• An interface to run a code using the.INP files could be provided (e.g., add the ability to run MCNP code when the corresponding.INP for MCNP is given for the benchmark in the SINBAD database).

• Additional types of geometry could be added to the geometry field in the Sinbad Search interface (e.g., SLAB).

• More categories of incident particles (neutrons, electrons, and protons) could be added.

• Energy range could be added as a search criterion.

• Presently only three types of benchmark categories exist (reactor shielding, accelerator shielding, and fusion neutronic shielding), but the capability to facilitate the addition of more benchmark categories could be added without the need to reprogram the source code.

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1. OECD Nuclear Energy Agency Data Bank SINBAD, http://www.nea.fr/html/science/shielding/sinbad/sinbadis.htm.

2. I. Kodeli, E. Sartori, and B. Kirk. “SINBAD Shielding Benchmark Experiments Status and Planned Activities,” American Nuclear Society 14th Biennial Topical Meeting of the Radiation Protection and Shielding Division, Carlsbad, New Mexico, USA, April 3–6, 2006.

3. Radiation Safety Information Computational Center (RSICC), http://www-rsicc.ornl.gov/rsiccnew/BENCHMARKS.htm.

4. Java.sun.com.

5. NetBeans Integrated Development Environment – IDE, http://netbeans.org/index.html.

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B-1 SinbadInterface.java (The Main Window) import java.io.FileNotFoundException;

import java.io.IOException;

import java.util.ArrayList;

import java.util.Arrays;

import java.util.Iterator;

import java.util.List;

import java.util.logging.Level;

import java.util.logging.Logger;

import javax.swing.JOptionPane;

public class SinbadInterface extends javax.swing.JFrame { public ArrayList keylist= new ArrayList();

String typ="All";

/** * Creates new form SinbadeInterface */ public SinbadInterface() { initComponents();


} /** * This method is called from within the constructor to initialize the form.

* WARNING: Do NOT modify this code. The content of this method is always * regenerated by the Form Editor.

*/ @SuppressWarnings("unchecked") // editor-fold defaultstate="collapsed" desc="Generated Code" private void initComponents() { jLabel1 = new javax.swing.JLabel();

jLabel2 = new javax.swing.JLabel();

jLabel3 = new javax.swing.JLabel();

jLabel4 = new javax.swing.JLabel();

jLabel5 = new javax.swing.JLabel();

jScrollPane1 = new javax.swing.JScrollPane();

jList1 = new javax.swing.JList();

jScrollPane2 = new javax.swing.JScrollPane();

jList2 = new javax.swing.JList();

jComboBox1 = new javax.swing.JComboBox();

jComboBox2 = new javax.swing.JComboBox();

jButton1 = new javax.swing.JButton();

jButton2 = new javax.swing.JButton();


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jLabel1.setFont(new java.

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