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Standard Test Method for Measuring Dose for Use in Linear Accelerator Pulsed Radiation Effects Tests

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Standard Test Method for Using Calorimeters for Total Dose Measurements in Pulsed Linear Accelerator or Flash X-ray Machines


1.1 This test method covers a calorimetric measurement of the dose delivered in a single pulse of electrons from an electron linear accelerator used as an ionizing source in radiation-effects testing. The test method is designed for use with pulses of electrons in the energy range from 10 to 50 MeV and is only valid for cases in which both the calorimeter and the test specimen to be irradiated are" thin" compared to the range of these electrons in the materials of which they are constructed.

1.2 The procedure described can be used in those cases in which (1) the dose delivered in a single pulse is 5 Gy (500 rad) or greater, or (2) multiple pulses of a lower dose can be delivered in a time short compared to the thermal time constant of the calorimeter. The minimum dose per pulse that can be acceptably monitored depends on the variables of the particular test, including pulse rate, pulse uniformity, and the thermal time constant of the calorimeter.

1.3 A determination of the dose is made directly for the material of which the calorimeter block is made. The dose in other materials can be calculated from this measured value by formulas presented in this test method. The need for such calculations and the choice of materials for which calculations are to be made shall be subject to agreement by the parties to the test.

1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values in parenthesis are provided for information only.

1.5 This standard does not purport to address the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

Significance and Use

An accurate measure of the dose during radiation-effects testing is necessary to ensure the validity of the data taken, to enable comparison to be made of data taken at different facilities, and to verify that components or circuits are tested to the radiation specification applied to the system for which they are to be used.

The primary value of a calorimetric method for measuring dose is that the results are absolute. They are based only on physical properties of materials, that is, the specific heat of the calorimeter-block material and the Seebeck emf of the thermocouple used or the temperature coefficient of resistance (α) of the thermistor used, all of which can be established with non-radiation measurements.

The method permits repeated measurements to be made during a radiation effects test without requiring entry into the radiation cell between measurements.


calorimetric measurements; dose measurement; ionizing dose; linear accelerator; radiation effects

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1997 R03 EDITION



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Publication Date

July 10, 2003

Document Type

Test Method

Page Count

11 pages

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