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Nuclear Engineering & Radiation Science Journal – Special ICONE-23 Issue,
The International Conference On Nuclear Engineering (ICONE) is an annual conference
which occupies a special place in the ASME and, particularly, in the Nuclear Engineering
Division’s (NED) history. This conference is currently sponsored by the ASME, the Japan
Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME), and the Chinese Nuclear Society (CNS). The
initiative to launch the ICONE came from Professor Saburou Toda of Tohoku University in
April of 1989. After two years of intensive correspondence the very first ICONE-1
conference was held in 1991 in Tokyo by the JSME and ASME as sponsors. From rather
slow beginnings between the ASME and the JSME, with the initial two meetings in Tokyo
and San Francisco, and after some initial support from French Nuclear Society (SFEN), the
ICONE expanded to encompass contributions and participation from over 40 countries. In
the year 2000, the Chinese Nuclear Society formally joined the ICONE and hosted ICONE-13
in Beijing in the year 2005. This was a very timely action which corresponded with the
major expansion of nuclear program in China. As a result, the ICONE has been recognized
as the premier global conference on nuclear engineering, science, and technology. ICONE
series of conferences became the technical event of choice for nuclear professionals who
want to stay technically current and on the top of industry trends and professional
development and information exchange. The success of ICONE is due to the contribution of
numerous professionals from industry, government and academia from around the globe.
Through an outstanding ICONE student program which includes unprecedented 60
students per conference (15 students from the following four regions: North America,
Europe, China, and Japan with Asia at large), the conference also fosters the development of
future generations of nuclear professionals.
This special issue features selected papers from the ICONE-23 held May 17-20, 2015 in
Makuhari, Chiba, Japan. About 700 technical papers and presentations were made during
the ICONE-23 conference from 30 countries. We invited all authors to submit their
augmented papers for journal publication consideration. More than 50 authors responded.
Our special thanks go to all the authors for their valuable support and for giving us an
opportunity to showcase a sample of their research and developmental activities. With the
support from our authors, this issue is enriched with papers from a variety of engineering
and scientific subjects related to the nuclear engineering and safety. During the editorial
process we selected these papers for publication after a through peer-review process.
The issue captures the fundamental principles, achievements, and practices developed
during the recent years on the operation of the current fleet of nuclear power plants
around the world. This is the first ICONE-based issue of the ASME Journal of Nuclear
Engineering and Radiation Science, and we sincerely hope it will establish the Journal of
Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Science as the home journal for papers presented at
ICONE-series of conferences in the future.
The guest editors would also like to thank all the reviewers, whose expertise helped us to
select high quality papers with international implications. Last but not the least, we are
thankful to the editorial board of the journal, and, particularly, the editor, Dr. Igor Pioro, for
their support during the course of the preparation of this special issue. The suggestions and
support from everyone through this exciting publication endeavor were wonderful, and
this section would be something very different without their help and support. Any errors
or mistakes remain ours alone. Finally, on behalf of the authors, we hope that this issue
will succeed in filling the gaps in the current body of knowledge as well as to further
enhance the international profile of this journal.
Enjoy reading this special ICONE-series inaugural issue.
Asif Arastu, Ph.D., ASME Fellow, Unisont Engineering
Leon Cizelj, Ph.D., ASME Fellow, Jozef Stefan Institute,
Jovica R. Riznic, Ph.D., ASME Fellow, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
Jovica Riznic Leon Cizelj Asif Arastu