The U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford Site has devoted considerable attention to improving the operation of and confidence in the commercially available metal detectors installed at the site. A set of testing and calibration specifications was prepared and applied that yielded appreciable improvements.
These specifications were based on a set of tests developed to measure portal zone sensitivity and to derive the probability of detection and nuisance alarm statistics. A pragmatic approach to test article selection was also developed. This paper desribes these specifications, their underlying philosophy and methodology, and the results of their application.
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