Author: D. Becker 1
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  • 1 National Bureau of Standards Center for Analytical Chemistry 20899 Gaithersburg MD (USA)
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As a result of the NBSR upgrade to 20 MW, an extensive program of recharacterization of the irradiation facilities was undertaken. These measurements were made to (1) evaluate the neutron flux density and its variability over the irradiation volume, and (2) help establish safe irradiation conditions for samples in the NBSR. Techniques used to measure the following parameters are described: thermal neutron flux density; flux variations within an irradiation volume and between irradiations; relative fast neutron flux density; maximum temperatures generated by different sample matrices in various irradiation facilities; and pressures generated in sealed containers by radiolytic decomposition.