RSICC CODE PACKAGE PSR-574
1. NAME AND TITLE
BULK-I: Radiation Shielding Tool for Proton Accelerator Facilities.
Hitachi, Ltd. Power & Industrial Systems and High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, Applied Research Laboratory, Radiation Science Center, Japan through the Nuclear Energy Agency Data Bank, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France.
3. CODING LANGUAGE AND COMPUTER
Microsoft Excel Visual Basic; Pentium computers (P00574PCX8600).
4. NATURE OF PROBLEM SOLVED
BULK-I is a tool for calculating neutron and photon effective dose rates after penetrating through concrete or two layers with iron and concrete in a medium energy range proton accelerator facility (energies from 50 to 500 MeV). This tool is also capable of radiation shielding calculations considering various proton energies and proton beam directions like proton beam treatment facilities.
5. METHOD OF SOLUTION
In BULK-I a simple formula adopted for not only the equilibrium region but also for the build-up region is proposed, and the parameters for concrete or two layers with iron and concrete are numerically obtained with the Monte Carlo code MCNPX. The geometry used in the tool consists of a target (radiation source) placed at the origin in the rectangular room surrounded by six concrete walls. The target is assumed to be thick iron as a typical component of the proton accelerator. Protons with various energies and directions are taken into account in the dose rate calculation based on the gantry employed in a proton beam treatment facility. The dose rates at estimator points are calculated considering the emission angle relative to each proton beam direction, and incident angle relative to X, Y or Z axis, which are automatically calculated by the tool. The distance from the target to the inner surface, and the thickness of each concrete wall are given by users. The fixed type and the beam direction dependent type of iron shields can be dealt with. For the former, the barrier thickness in iron as measured radiation path through the shield is given for each estimator, and for the latter the thickness and solid angle relative to the beam direction are given. Estimators are set at any positions in and outside the concrete walls. The attenuation in the air is ignored.
6. RESTRICTIONS OR LIMITATIONS
The application limits of the tool are as follows.
1) Proton energy: 50 - 500MeV
2) Emission angle relative to beam direction: 0-180 degrees (12 bins)
3) Barrier thickness in concrete: 100 - 735 g/cm2 (including build-up region)
4) Barrier thickness in iron: 0, 25, 50 and 70 cm (density 7.83 g/cm3)
The tool is not applicable for radiation streaming problems like a maze and a duct, and skyshine problems, and the DUCT-III code and SHINE-III code are recommended, respectively.
7. TYPICAL RUNNING TIME
8. COMPUTER HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS
The Windows application runs on personal computers.
9. COMPUTER SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS
Microsoft Office EXCEL application that runs under Microsoft Windows. No compilers are required. BULK-I was tested on Microsoft XP SP3 and Microsoft 7.
11. CONTENTS OF CODE PACKAGE
The package is transmitted on a CD which includes the documentation, Excel file and sample problems.
12. DATE OF ABSTRACT
KEYWORDS: NEUTRONS, PHOTONS, PROTONS