Applied Radiation and Isotopes, ( ISI ), Volume (160), Year (2020-6) , Pages (109131-109131)

Title : ( Angular distribution of scattered neutrons as a tool for soil moisture measurement: A feasibility study )

Authors: masoud ghaemifard , Nima Ghal-Eh , Reza Izadi Najafabadi , Hector R. Vega-Carrillo ,

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Abstract

The conceptual design of a soil-moisture measurement instrument using a rectangular soil sample and an almost collimated 241Am-9Be source was proposed. Unlike previous studies and in a different simulation approach, the soil moisture was determined using the angular distribution of thermal neutrons using MCNPX2.6 Monte Carlo code, where a cylindrical BF3 proportional counter located at different polar angles was responsible for thermal neutron detection. Both Monte Carlo library least-squares method (MCLLS) and artificial neural networks (ANN) were used to calculate the soil moisture based on BF3 count rates with small relative error, about 2% and 10% maximum relative errors, respectively.

Keywords

, Soil moisture; Am, Be; Angular distribution; MCNPX2.6; BF3 counter
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@article{paperid:1079289,
author = {Ghaemifard, Masoud and Ghal-Eh, Nima and Izadi Najafabadi, Reza and Hector R. Vega-Carrillo},
title = {Angular distribution of scattered neutrons as a tool for soil moisture measurement: A feasibility study},
journal = {Applied Radiation and Isotopes},
year = {2020},
volume = {160},
month = {June},
issn = {0969-8043},
pages = {109131--109131},
numpages = {0},
keywords = {Soil moisture; Am-Be; Angular distribution; MCNPX2.6; BF3 counter},
}

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%0 Journal Article
%T Angular distribution of scattered neutrons as a tool for soil moisture measurement: A feasibility study
%A Ghaemifard, Masoud
%A Ghal-Eh, Nima
%A Izadi Najafabadi, Reza
%A Hector R. Vega-Carrillo
%J Applied Radiation and Isotopes
%@ 0969-8043
%D 2020

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