Performance of piezoresistive and piezoelectric sensors in pulsed reactor experiments

Keith Holbert, Steven S. McCready, A. Sharif Heger, Thomas H. Harlow, Dane R. Spearing

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Abstract

Pulsed reactor-based experiments require radiation tolerant sensors that do not perturb the device under test, or allow a radiation-induced signal to mask the true sensor output. Several commercial off-the-shelf accelerometers, pressure transducers, and acoustic emission sensors were subjected to multiple high-power reactor pulses. A piezoresistive accelerometer capable of operation to at least 44 kGy and 8.7×l0 15 n/cm 2 is identified, and a piezoresistive pressure transducer that is resistant to about half that radiation level is selected. Further, two piezoelectric acoustic emission sensors employing lead metaniobate are also found to function to 55 kGy and 1.1 × 10 16 n/cm 2.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmerican Nuclear Society 4th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control and Human Machine Interface Technology
Pages43-50
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004
EventAmerican Nuclear Society 4th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control and Human Machine Interface Technology - Columbus, OH, United States
Duration: Sep 19 2004Sep 22 2004

Publication series

NameAmerican Nuclear Society 4th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control and Human Machine Interface Technology

Other

OtherAmerican Nuclear Society 4th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control and Human Machine Interface Technology
CountryUnited States
CityColumbus, OH
Period9/19/049/22/04

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Keywords

  • Accelerometers
  • Acoustic emission sensors
  • Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)
  • Pressure transducers
  • Radiation effects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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Holbert, K., McCready, S. S., Sharif Heger, A., Harlow, T. H., & Spearing, D. R. (2004). Performance of piezoresistive and piezoelectric sensors in pulsed reactor experiments. In American Nuclear Society 4th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control and Human Machine Interface Technology (pp. 43-50). (American Nuclear Society 4th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control and Human Machine Interface Technology).