Developing a Methodology for Determination of Elemental Composition of Shielding Materials.
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Radiation transport simulation models can provide estimations of radiation effects such as detector response and detection capabilities. The objective of this research was to develop a methodology for quick, efficient, and effective determination of the composition of shielding materials to be used in radiation transport models. A C++ code, MatFit, was developed that used the concept of densitometry and the iterative method developed for the Spectrum Analysis by Neutron Detectors II (SAND II) computer program to estimate the elemental composition of shielding materials. These results were compared to previous neutron activation analysis (NAA) on the same samples. It was determined that densitometry provided an elemental approximation that yielded an attenuation rate within 10% of that found through NAA but requires much fewer resources, as well as less time. From this research, it is recommended that the developed method and C++ program be used when constructing models for detector response.