Prompt gamma-ray methods for industrial process evaluation: A simulation study

Mohammed Siddig (Corresponding Author), Abdulsalam Alhawsawi, M. S. Aljohani, Mohammed M. Damoom, Essam M. Banoqitah, Ezzat Elmoujarkach

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Radioisotope applications in industrial process inspection and evaluation using gamma-ray emitters provide otherwise unavailable information. Offering alternative gamma-ray sources can support the technology by complementing sources' availability and radiation safety. This work proposes to replace gamma-ray from radioisotopes with prompt gamma-ray from the interaction of neutrons with stable isotopes injected into the industrial process or with the structural material of the industrial process equipment. Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code (MCNP5) was used to simulate the irradiation of two-phase flow pipes by 252Cf neutron source. Two simulations were run for each pipe, with and without mixing the liquid phase with the stable isotope 157Gd. The detected gamma-ray spectra were analysed, and images of the two phases inside the pipes were produced. The images were compared to images obtained from simulations of gamma transmission measurement using 60Co. Furthermore, results for prompt gamma computed tomography (CT) were presented and discussed. The studies' outcomes indicate the potential of prompt gamma-ray to carry out the sealed sources applications of gamma transmission measurements and imaging.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-18
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2022
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Industrial process
  • Prompt gamma-ray
  • Radiotracers
  • Sealed sources


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