Experience operating LANL`s passive/active neutron (PAN) assay system

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We present a summary of our operating experience with LANL`s mobile PAN assay system, which was acquired from the Carlsbad Area Office in 1994, refurbished, calibrated, and fielded for the first time on LANL`s TRU waste in the winter of 1996. It is functionally identical to other PAN systems throughout the DOE complex and its software is the same as at INEL. Since Jan. 1996, it has passed the first round of the Performance Demonstration Program and has been used to assay several hundred drums of LANL`s TRU waste. Difficulties in assaying homogeneous wastes with high ({alpha},n) neutron fluxes and ... continued below

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Taggart, D.P.; Betts, S.E.; Martinez, E.F.; Mendez, J.L.; Rael, C.D. & Vigil, J.J. January 1, 1997.

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We present a summary of our operating experience with LANL`s mobile PAN assay system, which was acquired from the Carlsbad Area Office in 1994, refurbished, calibrated, and fielded for the first time on LANL`s TRU waste in the winter of 1996. It is functionally identical to other PAN systems throughout the DOE complex and its software is the same as at INEL. Since Jan. 1996, it has passed the first round of the Performance Demonstration Program and has been used to assay several hundred drums of LANL`s TRU waste. Difficulties in assaying homogeneous wastes with high ({alpha},n) neutron fluxes and experience in assaying debris waste in both active and passive PAN modes are reported on.

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  • 5. nondestructive assay/nondestructive examination waste characterization conference, Salt Lake City, UT (United States), 14-16 Jan 1997

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  • Other: DE97001668
  • Report No.: LA-UR--96-4723
  • Report No.: CONF-970126--2
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 434392
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc678243

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Taggart, D.P.; Betts, S.E.; Martinez, E.F.; Mendez, J.L.; Rael, C.D. & Vigil, J.J. Experience operating LANL`s passive/active neutron (PAN) assay system, article, January 1, 1997; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc678243/: accessed September 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.