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Radiation Shielding. A Practical Approach to an Engineering Physics Problem in Engineer 1P03. Introduction. Geoff Gudgeon Tony Machado Aliraza Murji Evie Sararas. Outline. Problem & Constraints Background Lab Results Material Selection Proposed Design Recommendations Conclusion.

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## Radiation Shielding

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**Radiation Shielding**A Practical Approach to an Engineering Physics Problem in Engineer 1P03.**Introduction**• Geoff Gudgeon • Tony Machado • Aliraza Murji • Evie Sararas**Outline**• Problem & Constraints • Background • Lab Results • Material Selection • Proposed Design • Recommendations • Conclusion**Problem & Constraints**• Design an object that will shield the gamma rays given off by a radioactive source. • Maximum radiation emitted after shield limited to 50 mSv per year. • Design must be economically and practically feasible.**Background**• Types of Radiation Alpha (α) Beta (β) Gamma (γ) Neutron**Background**• Nuclear Decay • Atoms with greater than 83 Protons are unstable and will break down (known as Radioactivity). • Gamma Ray Absorption • Photoelectric Absorption • Compton Scattering • Pair Production • Absorbing Powers of Materials • Gamma radiation is attenuated exponentially when passing through a shielding material.**Lab #1**Verify 1/r2 law experimentally using Cesium source. Determine background radiation (0.2 µSv). Lab Results**Lab #2**Experimentally calculate Gamma Attenuation of Plastic, Lead, Aluminum, and Copper. Lab Results**Material Selection (CES)**USE LEAD !!!**Three Assumptions:**Source emits 1mSv/s. Density of lead is 11,340 kg/m3. Price of lead is $1.50/kg. Proposed Design**Three Unknowns**Thickness of lead. Volume of lead. Price of lead. Solution ??? Create C++ Program! Why ??? Allows us to vary parameters to maximize design attenuation and minimize cost! Proposed Design**Proposed Design**• Final Design: • Distance from source to inner wall of lead is 5cm. • Thickness of lead is 13.7cm. • Amount of lead used would total 111.055 kg. • Total cost of lead would be $172.58**Recommendation**• Design can be easily altered using the C++ program to accommodate changes in input variables. • If not used on bottom floor, a lead plate with equal thickness to radius of dome should be implemented to protect people below. • Cover lead with plastic to prevent handling of toxic lead.**Conclusion**• Our design offers the best choice of material to provide highest attenuation. • Low-cost due to small volume of design. • By using a dome, our design becomes geometrically efficient by absorbing radiation evenly. • Health and Safety regulation limiting 50mSv/year of radiation is met.**Conclusion**• Thank you for your attention. • At this time, we would invite questions from the audience.

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