A code to simulate nuclear reactor inventories and associated gamma-ray spectra

Cresswell, A.J., Allyson, J.D. and Sanderson, D.C.W. (2001) A code to simulate nuclear reactor inventories and associated gamma-ray spectra. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 53(3), pp. 399-409. (doi: 10.1016/S0265-931X(00)00143-0)

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A computer code has been developed to simulate the gamma-ray spectra that would be measured by airborne gamma spectrometry (AGS) systems from sources containing short-lived fission products. The code uses simple numerical methods to simulate the production and decay of fission products and generates spectra for sodium iodide (NaI) detectors using Monte Carlo codes. A new Monte Carlo code using a virtual array of detectors to reduce simulation times for airborne geometries is described. Spectra generated for a short irradiation and laboratory geometry have been compared with an experimental data set. The agreement is good. Spectra have also been generated for airborne geometries and longer irradiation periods. The application of this code to generate AGS spectra for accident scenarios and their uses in the development and evaluation of spectral analysis methods for such situations are discussed.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sanderson, Professor David and Cresswell, Dr Alan
Authors: Cresswell, A.J., Allyson, J.D., and Sanderson, D.C.W.
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
Journal Name:Journal of Environmental Radioactivity

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