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Nuclear Radiation Sensors

Nuclear Detection Instrumentation Applications (405)

Problem: Develop nuclear radiation detection instruments and systems to meet a broad range of client requirements.

Graphic representation of steps in PNNL solution work flow with links to related capability pages Security Applications Automatic Radioisotope Analysis (156) Response Testing of Radiation Sensors (372) Compact, Low-Power Gamma-Ray Sensor (230) Ultra-low Radiation Background Counting (155) Health and Safety Applications Flight Crew Radiation Dosimeter (138) Readout System for OSL Materials (198) Fiber Optic Neutron Detectors (149) Hand-Held Instrument Commercialization (36) Environmental Applications Rapid 137Cs Detection in Process Effluent (154) Fieldable Sensor for Radionuclides in Water (222) Subsurface Radionuclide Measurements (160) Characterize TRU Radioactive Waste (164) International Applications Airborne Nuclear Effluent Detector (137) Fiber Optic Neutron Detectors (149) Automated Radioxenon Detection (165) Radionuclide Aerosol Analyzer (162)

Project Activity Scope (from Technical Overview Chart): Mechanisms through Instruments

PNNL Solution:

  • Establish instrument and application requirements through discussions with clients
  • Evaluate technical options and establish system conceptual design including data analysis methods
  • Develop system design including detector, electronic, and mechanical subsystems and system software for instrument control, data analysis, and user interface
  • Fabricate, assemble, and test the instrument performance against the application requirements
  • Document and deliver the instrument for routine use

Capabilities Employed to Meet Client Needs: Capabilities varied from project to project (see individual capability pages for more detail) but often included: Establish system requirements in conjunction with the client and nuclear detection staff; develop system architecture including detector selection; evaluate key components and subsystems as necessary; specify and select critical system components; design of mechanical and electrical components and subsystems; develop data analysis methods and control strategy; software development for system control, data acquisition, processing, and storage; system fabrication, assembly, checkout, and validation testing; system design and performance documentation; test planning and analysis; documentation of experimental design and results.

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