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dc.contributor.advisorCharlton, William S.
dc.creatorScott, Mark Robert
dc.date.accessioned2005-08-29T14:39:56Z
dc.date.available2005-08-29T14:39:56Z
dc.date.created2005-05
dc.date.issued2005-08-29
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/2368
dc.description.abstractAn RDD attack against the U.S. is something America needs to prepare against. If such an event occurs the ability to quickly identify the source of the radiological material used in an RDD would aid investigators in identifying the perpetrators. Spent fuel is one of the most dangerous possible radiological sources for an RDD. In this work, a forensics methodology was developed and implemented to attribute spent fuel to a source reactor. The specific attributes determined are the spent fuel burnup, age from discharge, reactor type, and initial fuel enrichment. It is shown that by analyzing the post-event material, these attributes can be determined with enough accuracy to be useful for investigators. The burnup can be found within a 5% accuracy, enrichment with a 2% accuracy, and age with a 10% accuracy. Reactor type can be determined if specific nuclides are measured. The methodology developed was implemented into a code call NEMASYS. NEMASYS is easy to use and it takes a minimum amount of time to learn its basic functions. It will process data within a few minutes and provide detailed information about the results and conclusions.en
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dc.format.mediumelectronicen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherTexas A&M University
dc.subjectRDDen
dc.subjectForensicsen
dc.subjectNuclearen
dc.subjectDirty Bomben
dc.subjectAttributeen
dc.subjectAttributionen
dc.subjectSpent Fuelen
dc.titleNuclear forensics: attributing the source of spent fuel used in an RDD eventen
dc.typeBooken
dc.typeThesisen
thesis.degree.departmentNuclear Engineeringen
thesis.degree.disciplineNuclear Engineeringen
thesis.degree.grantorTexas A&M Universityen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBeskok, Ali
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHart, Ron R.
dc.type.genreElectronic Thesisen
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dc.format.digitalOriginborn digitalen


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