A novel technique for finding gas bubbles in the nuclear waste containers using Muon Scattering Tomography

M. Dobrowolska , J. Velthuis , L. Frazão , Daniel Kikoła


Nuclear waste is deposited for many years in the concrete or bitumen-filled containers. With time hydrogen gas is produced, which can accumulate in bubbles. These pockets of gas may result in bitumen overflowing out of the waste containers and could result in spread of radioactivity. Muon Scattering Tomography is a non-invasive scanning method developed to examine the unknown content of nuclear waste drums. Here we present a method which allows us to successfully detect bubbles larger than 2 litres and determine their size with a relative uncertainty resolution of 1.55 ± 0.77%. Furthermore, the method allows to make a distinction between a conglomeration of bubbles and a few smaller gas volumes in different locations.
Author M. Dobrowolska - [Warsaw University of Technology (PW)]
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- Politechnika Warszawska
, J. Velthuis - [University of Bristol]
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, L. Frazão - [University of Bristol]
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, Daniel Kikoła (FP / NPD)
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- Nuclear Physics Division
Journal seriesJournal of Instrumentation, ISSN 1748-0221
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets0.6
ASJC Classification2610 Mathematical Physics; 3105 Instrumentation
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)35
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ScoreMinisterial score = 35.0, 22-06-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators Scopus Citations = 3; WoS Citations = 0; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 0.934; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 1.366 (2) - 2018=1.314 (5)
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