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Trial plan for advanced NDA system of uranium wastes; Introduction of active neutron method applied to NDA system

Zaima, Naoki; Nakashima, Shinichi ; Nakatsuka, Yoshiaki; Kado, Kazumi; Haruyama, Mitsuo; Takase, Misao; Ozu, Akira ; Kureta, Masatoshi 

We developed uranium mass assay systems for 200-litter wastes drums applied passive neutron measurements by NDA method and applied for the actual wastes drums stored in URCP. The neutron measurement methodology of $$^{234}$$U($$alpha$$,n) reaction using $$^{3}$$He proportional counters delivered superior performance, however also included some problems that the neutron penetration rates are depend upon matrices or density of wastes drums, so it was difficult to determine uranium mass against "unknown objects". For the purpose of solving problems active neutron measurements appears promising, we are now challenging to improve our equipments, which are composed of neutron generator, polyethylene moderators and $$^{3}$$He proportional counters. The uranium mass are determined by counting secondary neutrons generated from nuclear fissions. Our preliminary simulations suggest good performances with higher sensitivities and accuracies. It is extremely expected to contribute in the fields of safeguards works.

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