Browse Publications Technical Papers 2002-01-2460

Shuttle Induced Neutron Environment: Computational Requirements and Validation 2002-01-2460

Most of the neutrons seen in the habitable environment of spacecraft in LEO are produced in local materials of the spacecraft structures by the impact of the LEO radiation environment. There are two components of the neutron spectra: one produced near the forward direction and a diffuse isotropic component. The forward component satisfies a Volterra equation and is solved by standard marching procedures. The diffuse component is generally of lower energy and nearly isotropically scattered as they diffuse through the spacecraft structures. Leakage at near boundaries marks the diffusion process and solutions are strongly dependent on forward and backward boundaries with minor contributions from lateral diffusion along spacecraft wall structures. The diffuse neutron equation is solved using multigroup methods with impressed forward and backward boundary conditions. Neutron detection is a difficult science in space as reliable spectral field measurements are usually made with massive detectors that are expensive to place in space and require large volumes of the interior habitat. Space detection methods used have compromises that give less than desirable results. Validation of the results depends on the measuring techniques and comparisons with measurements aboard shuttle will be given.


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