Characterisation of neutron fields at Cernavoda NPP

Vanessa Cauwels, Filip Vanhavere, Dorin Dumitrescu, Alecsandru Chirosca, Luke Hager, Marc Million, James Bartz, Sabina Chiriotti Alvarez

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    Near a nuclear reactor or a fuel container, mixed neutron/gamma fields are very common, necessitating routine neutron dosimetry. Accurate neutron dosimetry is complicated by the fact that the neutron effective dose is strongly dependent on the neutron energy and the direction distribution of the neutron fluence. Neutron field characterisation is indispensable if one wants to obtain a reliable estimate for the neutron dose. A measurement campaign at CANDU nuclear power plant located in Cernavoda, Romania, was set up to characterise the neutron fields in four different locations and to investigate the behaviour of different neutron personal dosemeters. This investigation intends to assist in choosing a suitable neutron dosimetry system at this nuclear power plant.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)104-116
    JournalRadiation protection dosimetry
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Apr 2013

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