Optimization of Radio-Opaque Personal Protective Fabric by Monte Carlo Simulation
36th Annual CNS-CNA Student Conference - 2012 June 12

Presented at:
36th Annual CNS-CNA Student Conference
2012 June 12
Saskatoon, Canada
Session Title:
CNS/CNA Student Conference 2012

Michael Roeterink (Royal Military College of Canada )
Felix Lavoie (Royal Military College of Canada )
Eva Dickson (Royal Military College of Canada )
Emily Corcoran (Royal Military College of Canada )


The objective of this project was to design and optimize a radio-opaque personal protective fabric to minimize gamma-ray transmittances. For this work, a radioactive particulate transport model was designed to quantify convective leakage of radioactive particulate material (137Cs) into personal protective equipment. A Monte Carlo radiation transport model was then used to calculate the transmittance of a commercially available radio-opaque combat fabric for a range of gamma-ray energies. This commercial radio-opaque combat fabric incorporated a thin attenuation layer of tungsten. The transmittance values for tungsten and a variety of other metals were calculated to determine which material minimized gamma-ray transmittance. These materials were then evaluated for their effect on wearer mobility, cost and toxicity. It was determined that an osmium alloy would be the optimal radio-opaque fabric attenuation layer additive.

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