ASTM E265 - 07(2013)

    Standard Test Method for Measuring Reaction Rates and Fast-Neutron Fluences by Radioactivation of Sulfur-32

    Active Standard ASTM E265 | Developed by Subcommittee: E10.07

    Book of Standards Volume: 12.02


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 Refer to Guides E720 and E844 for the selection, irradiation, and quality control of neutron dosimeters.

    5.2 Refer to Practice E261 for a general discussion of the determination of fast-neutron fluence and fluence rate with threshold detectors.

    5.3 The activation reaction produces 32P, which decays by the emission of a single beta particle in 100 % of the decays, and which emits no gamma rays. The half life of 32P is 14.262 (14)3 days (1) 4 and the maximum beta energy is 1710 keV (2).

    5.4 Elemental sulfur is readily available in pure form and any trace contaminants present do not produce significant amounts of radioactivity. Natural sulfur, however, is composed of 32S (95.02 % (9)), 34S (4.21 % (8)) (1), and trace amounts of other sulfur isotopes. The presence of these other isotopes leads to several competing reactions that can interfere with the counting of the 1710-keV beta particle. This interference can usually be eliminated by the use of appropriate techniques, as discussed in Section 8.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method describes procedures for measuring reaction rates and fast-neutron fluences by the activation reaction 32S(n,p)32P.

    1.2 This activation reaction is useful for measuring neutrons with energies above approximately 3 MeV.

    1.3 With suitable techniques, fission-neutron fluences from about 5 × 108 to 1016 n/cm 2 can be measured.

    1.4 Detailed procedures for other fast-neutron detectors are described in Practice E261.

    1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety problems, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E170 Terminology Relating to Radiation Measurements and Dosimetry

    E181 Test Methods for Detector Calibration and Analysis of Radionuclides

    E261 Practice for Determining Neutron Fluence, Fluence Rate, and Spectra by Radioactivation Techniques

    E720 Guide for Selection and Use of Neutron Sensors for Determining Neutron Spectra Employed in Radiation-Hardness Testing of Electronics

    E721 Guide for Determining Neutron Energy Spectra from Neutron Sensors for Radiation-Hardness Testing of Electronics

    E844 Guide for Sensor Set Design and Irradiation for Reactor Surveillance, E 706 (IIC)

    E944 Guide for Application of Neutron Spectrum Adjustment Methods in Reactor Surveillance, E 706 (IIA)

    E1018 Guide for Application of ASTM Evaluated Cross Section Data File, Matrix E706 (IIB)


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 17.240 (Radiation measurements); 27.120.30 (Fissile materials and nuclear fuel technology)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 26142004(Neutron irradiators); 12142200(Isotopes)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/E0265-07R13

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    Citation Format

    ASTM E265-07(2013), Standard Test Method for Measuring Reaction Rates and Fast-Neutron Fluences by Radioactivation of Sulfur-32, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013, www.astm.org

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