Title: Development of neutron resonance densitometry at the GELINA TOF facility
Authors: SCHILLEBEECKX PeterABOUSAHL SaidBECKER BJÖRNBORELLA A.EMILIANI FEDERICAHARADA HiroshiKAUWENBERGHS KIM JOSEPHAKITATANI F.KOIZUMI M.KOPECKY StefanMOENS AndreMOXON M.SIBBENS GoedeleTSUCHIYA H.
Citation: ESARDA Bulletin p. 9-17
Publisher: ESARDA and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission
Publication Year: 2013
JRC N°: JRC84086
ISSN: 0392-3029
URI: https://esarda.jrc.ec.europa.eu/images/Bulletin/Files/B_2013_50.pdf
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC84086
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Neutrons can be used as a tool to study properties of materials and objects. An evolving activity in this field concerns the existence of resonances in neutron induced reaction cross sections. These resonance structures are the basis of two analytical methods which have been developed at the EC-JRC-IRMM: Neutron Resonance Capture Analysis (NRCA) and Neutron Resonance Transmission Analysis (NRTA). They have been applied to determine the elemental composition of archaeological objects and to characterize nuclear reference materials. A combination of NRTA and NRCA together with Prompt Gamma Neutron Analysis, referred to as Neutron Resonance Densitometry (NRD), is being studied as a non-destructive method to characterize particle-like debris of melted fuel that is formed in severe nuclear accidents such as the one which occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants. This study is part of a collaboration between JAEA and EC-JRC-IRMM. In this contribution the basic principles of NRTA and NRCA are explained based on the experience in the use of these methods at the time-of-flight facility GELINA of the EC-JRC-IRMM. Specific problems related to the analysis of samples resulting from melted fuel are discussed. The programme to study and solve these problems is described and results of a first measurement campaign at GELINA are given.
JRC Directorate:Health, Consumers and Reference Materials

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