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Systems Analysis Programs for Hands-on Integrated Reliability Evaluations (SAPHIRE) Version 8: Tutorial (NUREG/CR-7039, Volume 4)

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Manuscript Completed: March 2011
Date Published: June 2011

Prepared by:
C.L. Smith, S.T. Wood

Idaho National Laboratory
Battelle Energy Alliance
Idaho Falls, ID 83415

D. O'Neal, NRC Project Manager

NRC Job Code N6423

Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research

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Abstract

The Systems Analysis Programs for Hands-on Integrated Reliability Evaluations (SAPHIRE) refers to a set of computer programs that were developed to create and analyze probabilistic risk assessment (PRAs). This volume is the tutorial manual for the SAPHIRE software Version 8. In this document, a series of lessons are provided that guide the user through basic steps common to most analyses performed with SAPHIRE. The tutorial is divided into two major sections covering both basic and advanced features. The section covering basic topics contains lessons that lead the reader through development of a hypothetical problem involving a potential shipping accident, highlighting the software's fundamental features. Then, the advanced features section contains additional lessons that expand on fundamental analysis features of SAPHIRE 8 and provide insights into more complex analysis techniques. Together, these two elements provide an overview into the operation and capabilities of the SAPHIRE software.

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