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Development of an Integrated Approach to Routine Automation of Neutron Activation Analysis

Results of a Coordinated Research Project

English IAEA-TECDOC-1839 978-92-0-103818-0
68 25 18.00 2018

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Neutron activation analysis (NAA) is a powerful technique for determining bulk composition of major and trace elements. Automation may contribute significantly to keep NAA competitive for end-users. It provides opportunities for a larger analytical capacity and a shorter overall turnaround time if large series of samples have to be analysed. This publication documents and disseminates the expertise generated on automation in NAA during a coordinated research project (CRP). The CRP participants presented different cost-effective designs of sample changers for gamma-ray spectrometry as well as irradiation devices, and were able to construct and successfully test these systems. They also implemented, expanded and improved quality control and quality assurance as cross­cutting topical area of their automated NAA procedures. The publication serves as a reference of interest to NAA practitioners, experts, and research reactor personnel, but also to various stakeholders and users interested in basic research and/or services provided by NAA. The individual country reports are available on the CD-ROM attached to this publication.

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Coordinated Research Project, CRP, Nuclear Measurements, Techniques and Instrumentation, Nuclear Activation Analysis, Neutron Activation Analysis, NAA, Nuclear Reactors, Industrial Laboratories, Automation, Integrated Approach, Trace Elements, Data Management Concepts, Member States, Research Reactor, Gamma-Ray-Spectrometry, Sample Changers, Stakeholders, Experts, Cost-Effective Designs, Irradiation Facilities, Cyclic Activation Analysis, Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Irradiation Capsules, Software, E-Learning, Pneumatic Transfer

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