Characterising encapsulated nuclear waste using cosmic-ray muon tomography

Clarkson, A. et al. (2015) Characterising encapsulated nuclear waste using cosmic-ray muon tomography. Journal of Instrumentation, 10, P03020. (doi:10.1088/1748-0221/10/03/P03020)

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Abstract

Tomographic imaging techniques using the Coulomb scattering of cosmic-ray muons have been shown previously to successfully identify and characterise low- and high-Z materials within an air matrix using a prototype scintillating-fibre tracker system. Those studies were performed as the first in a series to assess the feasibility of this technology and image reconstruction techniques in characterising the potential high-Z contents of legacy nuclear waste containers for the UK Nuclear Industry. The present work continues the feasibility study and presents the first images reconstructed from experimental data collected using this small-scale prototype system of low- and high-Z materials encapsulated within a concrete-filled stainless-steel container. Clear discrimination is observed between the thick steel casing, the concrete matrix and the sample materials assayed. These reconstructed objects are presented and discussed in detail alongside the implications for future industrial scenarios.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mahon, Mr David and Murray, Dr Morgan and Yang, Dr Guangliang and Hoek, Mr Matthias and Shearer, Dr Craig and Keri, Dr Tibor and McKinnon, Dr Bryan and Clarkson, Mr Anthony and Kaiser, Professor Ralf and Nutbeam-Tuffs, Mrs Sian and Ireland, Professor David and Hamilton, Dr David and Johnstone, Mr John
Authors: Clarkson, A., Hamilton, D. J., Hoek, M., Ireland, D. G., Johnstone, J. R., Kaiser, R., Keri, T., Lumsden, S., Mahon, D. F., McKinnon, B., Murray, M., Nutbeam-Tuffs, S., Shearer, C., Yang, G., and Zimmerman, C.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Journal of Instrumentation
Publisher:Institute of Physics Publishing Ltd.
ISSN:1748-0221
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