GALE Frequently Asked Questions

The GALE software can be installed on a computer running the Windows 7 or later operating system and requires about 5.5 MB of disk space.
The GALE software installation requires about 5.5 MB of disk space.
Yes, although GALE was not developed for the OS X operating system some users have run GALE on Macs in a Windows emulator or virtual machine. However, there is no technical GALE support for this type of installation.
Verify that the GALE 3.0 Quick Start Document (PDF) was followed.
  • RAMP members: If the installation error still persists, go to the GALE Request Support page.
The latest version of this software is GALE 3.0 which was released by the U.S. NRC on September 30, 2017.
Individuals interested in obtaining this version of the GALE code should check out the Join RAMP page on the RAMP website.
For US Federal, State, and Local government agencies there is no fee to obtain the GALE code. For all other users, the fee varies based upon their designation category, see the table located on the Join RAMP page on the RAMP website.
No, GALE users are required to complete a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for their copy of the software. The NDA states that the user agrees not to share their copy of RASCAL with any third party without obtaining prior written permission from the NRC.
No, the NDA allows for the user to list multiple users of the software at their facility/site on the NDA.
GALE is the acronym for the Gaseous And Liquid Effluent code, which is a computerized mathematical model for estimating the releases of radioactive material in gaseous and liquid effluents (i.e., the gaseous and liquid source terms) from boiling-water (BWRs) and pressurized-water reactors (PWRs). The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission uses the GALE code to determine conformance with the requirements of Appendix I to 10 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 50.
The GALE code is one of the tools used by the NRC Offices of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR) and New Reactors (NRO) to perform independent assessments of licensee applications and license amendments for existing plants (modifications to plant design or technical specification) pertaining to determine conformance with the requirements of Appendix I to 10 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 50.
No, GALE is used by many international government agencies and is an important computer code in the US NRC’s Radiation Protection Computer Code Analysis and Maintenance Program (RAMP).
Yes, the GALE Forum is available to all visitors of the RAMP website (via “read-only” access). However, only RAMP members can post to the forum. GALE Forum topics include General Usage, Error (Bug) Reports, and Modeling Questions.
Non-RAMP members should review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page and the Error (Bug) Reports forum board for the message. Non-RAMP members have “read-only” access to the forum and cannot post new topics.
RAMP members have several tools available to help them troubleshoot and resolve GALE error messages and code crashes. Users experiencing error messages or code crashes should log into the RAMP website and go to the GALE Request Support page. To help triage issues, go through the following troubleshooting steps:
  1. Check the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page for the error message.
  2. If not listed, then search the GALE Error (Bug) Reports forum board for the error message. If it is not found, you may add this topic by clicking on Add new forum topic.
  3. Finally, you may also submit a help request on the GALE Request Support page. Be sure to complete the form on this page and attach the saved GALE case file if possible.
No, the GALE code does not contain a Help file; however, the technical information regarding the models and methods used by the GALE code to perform calculations can be found in the GALE User Guide on the RAMP website.
No, there is no single contact phone number for the GALE software. Since GALE development and distribution is a collaborative effort between the RAMP and GALE development teams, users may receive efficient and timely customer support by using the GALE Request Support page on the RAMP website.