Irradiation and measurement devices and methods development for LSNAA applications at the TRIGA-ACPR core

Roth, Csaba; Barbos, Dumitru; Gugiu, Daniela; Datcu, Adrian; Dobrea, Dumitru; Preda, Marin; Gligor, Mihai; Mweetwa, Madinka
February 2012
Journal of Radioanalytical & Nuclear Chemistry;Feb2012, Vol. 291 Issue 2, p461
Academic Journal
A Large Sample Neutron Activation Analysis (LSNAA) facility has been developed at the TRIGA-Annular Core Pulsed Reactor (ACPR) operated by the Institute for Nuclear Research in Pitesti. The central irradiation cavity of ACPR can accommodate a large irradiation device. The ACPR neutron flux characteristics are well known and spectrum adjustment techniques have been successfully applied to enhance the thermal component of the neutron flux in the central irradiation cavity. An analysis methodology was developed by employing the MCNP (a general Monte Carlo N-particle transport code) code in order to estimate counting efficiency and correction factors for the major perturbing phenomena. The paper presents the development of the experimental device, the results of the neutron flux-spectrum characterization, and preliminary steps to validate the analysis methodology.


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