Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 309, Issue 3, pp 1265–1269 | Cite as

Prompt gamma neutron activation analysis of large heterogeneous samples composed of concrete and polyethylene

  • Frank Mildenberger
  • Eric MauerhoferEmail author


The neutron moderating effect of concrete and polyethylene mixtures on the determination of the sample composition was investigated by irradiating 200 L steels drums with 14 MeV neutrons at the MEDINA (Multi Element Determination based on Instrumental Neutron Activation) facility. The elemental composition was evaluated using a quantification model validated for a concrete matrix in a previous work. The results obtained were found to agree with the expected values within ±34 % which is reasonable with regards to the samples heterogeneity.


PGNAA Concrete Polyethylene Large samples Waste characterization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Energy and Climate ResearchNuclear Waste Management and Reactor SafetyJülichGermany

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