Masters Theses


"A new remotely accessible shielded cell is being constructed at the Missouri University of Science and Technology Research Reactor (MSTR). The heavily shielded cell will be able to receive highly irradiated specimens directly from the reactor and will be equipped with radiation-hardened cameras, remote manipulators and gamma spectroscopy. The cell will allow the manipulation and monitoring of highly activated specimens from both a workstation at the MSTR and at remote locations using a Webbased internet interface. The ability to access and control the shielded cell via a remote internet connection will make it useful to a wide variety of users. Samples will be transferred to and from the cell using a pneumatic rabbit system that is directly attached to the nuclear reactor core. In support of the shielded cell the neutron spectrum has been measured using foil flux monitors. Multiple foils were irradiated and iterative runs were completed using the SAND-II program. An MCNP model was also developed to provide an approximate neutron flux spectrum to serve as an initial estimate for the SAND-II least squares fitting technique. The results showed a strong agreement in the thermal neutron energy region"--Abstract, page iv.


Mueller, Gary Edward, 1954-

Committee Member(s)

Usman, Shoaib
Kumar, A. S. (Arvind S.)


Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Science

Degree Name

M.S. in Nuclear Engineering


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Spring 2010


viii, 43 pages


© 2010 Zachary Andrew Kulage, All rights reserved.

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Thesis - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Least squares -- Computer programs
Neutron flux -- Measurement
Nuclear reactors -- Shielding (Radiation) -- Testing

Thesis Number

T 9618

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