Volume 23, Issue 5 (September 1995)
A Study of the Variation of Neutron Skyshine Dose with Respect to Roof Thickness, Source Spectrum Distribution
Sensitivities of neutron skyshine dose calculation from particle accelerators to certain parameters like roof thickness, distance of the neutron source from the roof, and fraction of the high-energy part of the neutron spectrum were evaluated using response surface methodology. The calculations were done for distances ranging from 100 to 2000 m for various nominal values of roof thickness and for 50- and 60-MeV α-induced neutron spectra on thick tantalum targets. Roof thickness is found to be the most sensitive parameter, and next is the high-energy part of the source neutron distribution, followed by the interaction term of the two variables.