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Cs-137 sealed source lost in Western Australia
A rendering of the sealed source capsule’s appearance. (Image: DFES)
Authorities are searching 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) of Australia’s Great Northern Highway, between Perth and the remote town of Newman, for a lost sealed-source capsule containing cesium-137. The source was part of a density gauge used by mining company Rio Tinto at its mining operations in Western Australia.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) of Western Australia reported that the density gauge containing a 6-mm-diameter (0.24-inch-diameter) by 8-mm-height (0.31-inch-height) source capsule was sent by flatbed truck to Perth for repair, leaving Rio Tinto’s Gudai-Darri mine site in Western Australia on January 12 and arriving in Perth on January 16. The package containing the gauge, however, was not inspected until January 25.
Upon opening the package, it was found that the gauge was broken apart with one of four mounting bolts missing. The source itself and all screws on the gauge were also missing. It is assumed that vibrations from the truck broke the gauge apart and allowed the screws and capsule to fall through the bolt hole and away from the truck. DFES said they were notified of the loss on the evening of January 25.
Yuefeng Qiu, Ulrich Fischer
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 74 | Number 4 | November 2018 | Pages 406-411
Technical Paper | doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2018.1500847
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Global neutron flux and dose maps for the test cell (TC) of the IFMIF-DONES (International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility–DEMO Oriented NEutron Source) have been calculated applying the advanced variance reduction tool ADVANTG. The neutronics model of the TC has been updated to the current IFMIF-DONES design of the target assembly, the high flux test module, and the lithium quench tank as well as the TC surrounding rooms. A weight-window (WW) mesh has been produced using ADVANTG with the well-configured setups for IFMIF-DONES conditions. This WW mesh has been adjusted to achieve reasonably good statistics for the global flux mesh tally. It is concluded that the thickness of the beam upstream and lateral wall can be reduced by 0.5 m without strongly affecting the shielding performance. The neutron streaming through the gaps of the shielding plugs to the access cell above the TC requires local shielding to allow frequent access during operation.