Production of Barite and Boroncarbide Doped Radiation Shielding Polymer Composite Panels
O. Evcina, A. Evcina, N.Ç. Bezirb, İ. Akkurtb, K. Günoğlub and B. Ersoyc
aAfyon Kocatepe University, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, 03200 Afyonkarahisar, Turkey
bSüleyman Demirel University, Department of Physics, Faculty of Art and Science, 32260 Isparta, Turkey
cAfyon Kocatepe University Department of Mining Engineering, 03200 Afyonkarahisar, Turkey
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Developments in nuclear technology in the last century have lead to the use of radiation in different areas of human activity. These are not just the energetics but also food, agriculture, medicine, industry and science. Thus, radiation has become an inevitable phenomenon in our lives. Since we cannot isolate radiation from our life, the radiation protection methods should be available. As alternatives to conventional radiation prevention methods, such as lead and heavy concrete shielding, more functional materials need to become the focus of research. The development of the least harmful to the environment, easily applicable, flexible radiation shields has become very important. In this study, silicon matrix composite panels, doped with different ratios of barite and boron carbide, were produced and characterized by optical and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Gamma and neutron radiation shielding properties of these materials were investigated. The results have been compared with the lead as the standard shielding material.

DOI: 10.12693/APhysPolA.132.1145
PACS numbers: 87.50.Gi, 94.10.Gb, 28.41.Te, 78.66.Sq, 29.30.Kv