Neutron dosimetry inside the containment building of Spanish nuclear power plants with PADC based dosemeters

M. J. García-Fusté, C. Domingo, K. Amgarou, T. Bouassoule, J. Castelo

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Abstract

The Spanish Nuclear Safety Council (Consejo de Seguridad Nuclear, CSN) recommends performing neutron individual dose assignments at workplaces based on ambient dose equivalent measurements using area monitors and by estimating the amount of time that workers spend in the different monitored environments. In addition, some Spanish nuclear power plants estimate the neutron dose equivalent using albedo thermoluminescence dosemeters (TLD). In the period 2004-2006, our group, together with other research centers, participated in a project, funded by the CSN, with the support of the Spanish Nuclear Power Plants Association (UNESA), to investigate in situ which could be the best practical procedure for individual neutron dose monitoring in nuclear power plants. As part of this survey, several units of the UAB PADC based neutron dosemeter were exposed, on a methacrylate phantom simulating a human body, at four different places inside the containment building of the Ascó I nuclear power plant. The influence of different types of calibration neutron fields is analysed and the dose equivalent for each point is estimated. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)999-1001
JournalRadiation Measurements
Volume44
Issue number9-10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2009

Keywords

  • Calibration factor
  • Neutron dosimetry in nuclear power plants
  • Neutron energy response
  • PADC dosimeters

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