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Development of neutron resonance densitometry

Harada, Hideo  ; Schillebeeckx, P.*; Tsuchiya, Harufumi; Kitatani, Fumito; Koizumi, Mitsuo; Takamine, Jun; Kureta, Masatoshi; Iimura, Hideki; Kimura, Atsushi; Seya, Michio; Becker, B.*; Kopecky, S.*; Kauwenberghs, K.*; Moens, A.*; Mondelaers, W.*

Neutron resonance densitometry (NRD) has been developed to quantify nuclear materials in particle-like debris of melted fuel formed in severe accidents of nuclear reactors such as Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants. NRD is a method combining NRTA (neutron resonance transmission analysis) and NRCA (neutron resonance capture analysis). It relies on neutron TOF technique using a pulsed white neutron source. A specially designed $$gamma$$-ray spectrometer for NRCA has been developed for the characterization of contamination materials mixed with nuclear fuel materials. Achievable accuracy is studied based on Monte Carlo simulations and experimental data measured at the time-of-flight facility GELINA of the EC-JRC-IRMM. Analysis method of NRTA for particle-like debris has been developed by adding a function in a resonance analysis code REFIT. In this contribution, these achievements on NRD for the characterization of nuclear materials mixed with highly radioactive nuclides are reviewed, and its applicability is discussed.



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