Simulations of mass attenuation coefficients for shielding materials using the MCNP-X code

  • Huseyin Ozan Tekin
  • Tugba Manici


In this paper, mass attenuation coefficients of concrete, bricks and cement plaster, as shielding materials, are calculated at 59.5, 356, 662, 1173, 1274 and 1333 keV by using the MCNP-X (version 2.4.0) code. The numerical simulation results are compared with previous Monte Carlo studies, experimental results and XCOM data. The effects of barite on mass attenuation coefficients are investigated. The mass attenuation coefficients increase with the barite content. Thus, our results agree well with experimental studies on gamma ray shielding of barite. It is flexible for the MN method to change the barite rates in material by small increments, which is experimentally difficult. Also, modeled geometry can be used for future approaches such as new designs and new structures especially in investigating new barite-containing materials to build nuclear reactors or high-energy radiation therapy facilities.


Monte Carlo simulation Gamma ray attenuation Barite (BaSO4


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© Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chinese Nuclear Society, Science Press China and Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Vocational School of Health Service, Radiotherapy DepartmentUskudar UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.Medical Radiation Research Center (USMERA)Uskudar UniversityIstanbulTurkey

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