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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 39  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 3-6

Radiation shielding of polymer composite materials with wolfram carbide and boron carbide

1 Department of Engineering, Turkish Military Academy, Cankaya, 06240 Ankara, Turkey
2 Department of Nuclear Applications, Ege University, Institute of Nuclear Sciences, Bornova, 35100 Izmir, Turkey

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Emre Yanbay
Department of Nuclear Applications, Institute of Nuclear Science, Ege University, Bornova, 35100 Izmir
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0972-0464.185147

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In general, lead is used as shielding material for protection against radiation. In spite of its high density, lead is toxic and lead aprons are very heavy for personal shielding. Thus, there is a need for nontoxic, light, and environmental friendly radiation-shielding materials. Polymers cannot be effective against gamma radiation on their own. High-density metal wolfram carbide could be useful against gamma radiation, and boron carbide could also be useful for neutron shielding. In this study, high-density polyethylene, boron carbide, and wolfram carbide can be mixed in certain amounts and composite discs can be obtained in this way. According to results, a new shielding material is efficient for gamma radiation.

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