If you‚â€™re in the market for a nuclear shielding material, you may want to check out Borotron‚Â® HD050 from Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products (Quadrant EPP). Borotron is a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) formulation enhanced with 5% elemental boron that provides extra shielding against neutron radiation. Boron sits within a matrix of HDPE, a naturally hydrogen-rich material. Hydrogen-rich materials attenuate neutrons extremely well and boron has an affinity for absorbing thermalized neutrons.
Potential uses include shielding for radiation therapy rooms, where the product in plate form is integrated into the wall structure. Other application environments where its properties bring similar benefits include power generation areas in nuclear submarines, production areas for nuclear detection devices and the equipment itself, spacecraft exposed to radiation, nuclear research centers, and nuclear power plants.
Quadrant EPP has developed a manufacturing process and proprietary testing methods that help ensure that the boron is evenly distributed for peak performance. Borotron HD050 plate is lighter than some other neutron shielding materials such as concrete, and easier to work with in construction than other options including water. The Quadrant EPP material comes in 1 x 48 x 96 in. plates.
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