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Title: Gamma radiation protection factor of building materials–Validation of wall reflections from measurements
Authors: Subbaiah, K V
Gopalani, Deepak
Gautam, C S
Jodha, A S
Meghwal, L R
Keywords: Reflected gamma radiation dose;MCNP;Gamma radiation protection factor;Building material attenuation
Issue Date: Nov-2010
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: The gamma radiation (INR and fallout radiations using 60Co and 137Cs sources, respectively) protection factors for 150 cm of soil (density=1.5 g/cc) followed by 21.5 cm specially prepared concrete (density=2.7 g/cc) have been estimated. Since the measurements are not amenable for such large thickness due to significant contributions from the scattered radiation, experiments are carried out for varying thickness and results are corroborated by Monte Carlo calculations. After ascertaining the calculated accuracy, the protection factors are deduced by Monte Carlo calculations. Simulations could reasonably predict the measurements within a factor of 2 for all the cases measured. It is inferred from the simulations that the dose contributions due to reflected radiations from the wall are significant when the material thickness exceeds 45.5 cm soil plus 21.5 cm concrete. Further, materials have been evaluated against fast neutrons using 252Cf source.
Page(s): 774-777
ISSN: 0975-1041 (Online); 0019-5596 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJPAP Vol.48(11) [November 2010]

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