The Mini Labyrinth - a Simple Benchmark for Radiation Protection and Shielding Analysis
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The Mini Labyrinth experiment is a simple neutron and gamma shielding experiment developed at STU, inspired by the ALARM-CF-AIR-LAB-001 ICSBEP benchmark experiment. The STU Mini Labyrinth is approximately ten times smaller and consists of NEUTRONSTOP shielding blocks. This paper describes the second version of the Mini Labyrinth experiment and presents the results of the neutron and gamma fields simulation and measurement. The PuBe neutron source with the emission rate of 1.0E7 n/s was utilized in the experiment. The measurement of gamma ambient dose equivalent H*(10) and neutron count rates is performed by the Thermo Scientific RadEye portable survey meter. The simulation part was carried out using the state-of-the-art MCNP6 and SCALE6 MONACO stochastic calculation tools taking into account the detailed geometry of the labyrinth and combined neutron and gamma source of particles. The comparisons were performed between codes and experiment, based on the dose rate in the unique detection positions and using a 2D map of neutron and photon fluxes. The propagation of cross-section uncertainties was investigated through shielding analysis. Partial agreement between codes and measurement was achieved, however serious discrepancies near the PuBe source were identified.
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SourceEPJ Web of Conferences. 2021, vol. 253, issue 1, p. 1-7.