The Potential Use of a Hot Cell for Neutron Sources
K. G. Veinot, N. E. Hertel
The Neely Nuclear Research Center (NNRC) at Georgia Institute of Technology maintains a hot cell that has been used extensively for gamma irradiations for material testing, instrument calibrations, and research purposes. The hot cell is constructed of high-density 91-cm thick concrete walls with a 0.635-cm stainless steel lining. Two viewing windows are made of high-purity glass filled with zinc-bromide solution. The primary sources used in the past have been Co-60, but the use of neutron sources, primarily Cf-252, for dosimetry research and activation analysis are being investigated. The NNRC hot cell has been modeled using the transport code MCNP-4B for neutron emitted from a Cf-252 source. Calculations of the neutron spectra were performed at points inside and outside the facility. Bonner sphere spectrometers have been used to verify the calculational results inside the hot cell.
This abstract was presented at the 32nd Annual Midyear Meeting, "Creation and Future Legacy of Stockpile Stewardship Isotope Production, Applications, and Consumption", Poster Session, 1/24/1999 - 1/27/1999, held in Albuquerque, NM.