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  1. Investigation of Kpong carbonatite as a potential source for rare earth elements (REEs) using instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA)

    Hayford, M.S.; Akiti, T.T.; Serfor-Armah, Y.; Dampare, S.B. [Ghana Univ., Accra (Ghana). School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences; Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), Legon-Accra (Ghana). Nuclear Chemistry and Environmental Research Centre

    2013-07-01

    Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) was used to investigate REEs in carbonatite from Kpong southeastern, Ghana. Total rare earth element (TREEs) obtain were in the range of 540 mg/kg to 705 mg/kg. The total number of rare earth elements (REEs) determined by INAA in the carbonatite rocks from Kpong were 11, namely; La, Ce, Nd, Sm, Eu, Tb, Dy, Ho, Tm, Yb, Lu. The INAA results from the carbonatite show a high enrichment of light rare earth elements (LREEs) deposits, marking the Kpong carbonatite as a potential REE source. (orig.)

  2. Specialized database for instrumental neutron activation analysis-ND INAA 1.0

    Full text: In order to conduct nuclear and physical elemental analysis of materials content, in particular, activation analysis it is necessary to attract a large number of various nuclear data. The network of nuclear data centers (NNDC) under supervision of IAEA is dealing with accumulation, evaluation and systematization of nuclear data. The authors of the work have developed a software and information medium consisting specialized database, a package of calculation as well as requests and results visualization software. Based on evaluated nuclear data and original works a specialized database for need of neutron-activation analysis - ND INAA 1.0 was developed. The database presents a relatively frequently encountered isotopes of elements, thermal and resonance neutrons rapping cross-sections, decay types, radionuclides half-life, gamma- and alpha-radiation energies and intensities, maximal energies and intensities of beta-radiation, gamma-constants, and absolute yields of KX-radiation of radioactive nuclides, radioactive chains. The report contains examples of use of ND INAA 1.0 database along with the database on elemental content of natural objects - ELEMENT [1]: calculation of macro-cross-sections of elemental activation and calculation of activity of produced isotope on thermal and resonance neutrons in investigated objects, with taking into account of saturation and decay factors, geochemical spectra and others. Necessary calculations are conducted both for single radionuclide and for natural object as a whole. Separate part is dedicated to automation of K-Ar geological objects dating method. The give database is a part of developed by authors the system of automatization of instrumental neutron activation analysis - INAA. The developed apparatus allows one to use the given software production for another modifications of activation analysis. This work is performed on the project P-20-48 CST RUz

  3. Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis- INAA: environmental studies in Das Velhas Basin, Minas Gerais, Brazil

    The Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis - INAA was applied to determine concentrations of several elements in unpolluted areas and in the mining and farming region of the Das Velhas Basin, Minas Gerais State, Brazil. INAA was applied using the TRIGA Mark I IPR - R1 reactor at the Nuclear Technology Development Center of the National Committee of Nuclear Energy (CDTN/CNEN), in Belo Horizonte city, Minas Gerais State. At 100 kW of potency the flux of neutrons is 6.6 1011 n.cm-2.s-1. The samples analyzed were: water; sediment; gravel of gold mine and forage. The obtained results for the Das Velhas Basin in water and sediment samples - mining companies region - show a high level (μg/g) of contamination with the analyzed elements, mainly in the sediment samples. During the period of floods, in farming region hundreds of kilometers away, contamination is found in fish and forage, reaching and harming both people and animals that live in the marginal region. (Author)

  4. Toxic trace element content of local fruits using instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA)

    An important route of entry of environmental contaminants into the human system is through food intake. To study the effect of environmental pollution on the food chain, base line levels of toxic element content of commonly available food articles must be established. This study was undertaken to determine the toxic meal content of Pakistani fruits. The techniques of instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) and Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS) were employed for this purpose. Fourteen fruits apple, apricot, banana, data guava, kino, mango, melon, orange, peach, pear, plum, pomegranate and watermelon, as well as, the peels of apple and pear have been investigated and the results are discussed in this paper. The results were found to lie within 95 % confidence limit using Student's t test. Hg, As and Sb were detected, using INAA, in pear, pomegranate and water melon in low amounts (ppb levels) but were not detected in orange, plum and melon. Lesser amounts of toxic elements were detected in the peels of pear and high amounts were detected in apple peel as compared to the edible part of the fruit. Cadmium and lead were determined using Graphite Furnace atomic absorption Spectrometry. Cadmium was found to lie in the range of 18-42 ppb, in most fruits, whereas the amount of lead varied between 39-128 ppb. Lead was below detection limit in melon, guava, mango, and peach contained the highest amount of As, Cd, Hg and Pb. (author)

  5. Studies of generalized elemental imbalances in neurological disease patients using INAA [instrumental neutron activation analysis

    Evidence has been presented in the literature to implicate trace elements in the etiology of several age-related neurological diseases. Most of these studies are based on brain analyses. Using instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA), we have observed trace element imbalances in brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and Picks's disease. The most prevalent elemental imbalances found in the brain were for bromine, mercury, and the alkali metals. In this study the authors report INAA studies of trace elements in nonneural tissues from Alzheimer's disease and ALS patients. Samples from household relatives were collected for use as controls wherever possible. Hair samples were washed according to the International Atomic Energy Agency recommended procedure. Fingernail samples were scraped with a quartz knife prior to washing by the same procedure. For ALS patients, blood samples were also collected. These data indicate that elemental imbalances in Alzheimer's disease and ALS are not restricted to the brain. Many elements perturbed in the brain are also altered in the several nonneural tissues examined to date. The imbalances in different tissues, however, are not always in the same direction. The changes observed may represent causes, effects, or simply epiphenomena. Longitudinal studies of nonneural tissues and blood, as well as tissue microprobe analyses at the cellular and subcellular level, will be required in order to better assess the role of trace elements in the etiology of these diseases

  6. The effect of other activities on INAA limits of detection

    The instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) Advance Prediction Computer Program is described, as well as its areas of usefulness. Particular attention is devoted to its ability to predict μg and ppm INAA lower limits of detection (LOD's) of any particular elements of interest in any sample matrix type of even very approximately known average or typical elemental composition. In general, INAA μg LOD's are found to be 10 to 100 times higher than the corresponding 'interference-free' values, and INAA ppm LOD's are found to be 100 to even 100 000 times higher than the corresponding 'interference-free' values calculated for a one-gram sample. (author)

  7. Chemical Composition by Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) of Neo-Assyrian Palace Ware from Iraq, Syria and Israel

    Hunt, Alice M W; Johannes H Sterba

    2013-01-01

    Neo-Assyrian Palace Ware is an 8th-7th century B.C.E. fine-ware which originated in Northern Mesopotamia and spread throughout the greater Levant. The mechanism by which Palace Ware moved across the Neo-Assyrian imperial landscape (trade or local imitation/emulation) is of great archaeological interest. This dataset provides chemical compositional data, generated using instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA), for Palace Ware vessels from Nimrud and Nineveh, in the Assyrian imperial co...

  8. Hair-zinc levels determination in Algerian psoriatics using Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA)

    Psoriasis is a multifactorial skin disease with an unknown etiology. Zinc has a positive impact on psoriasis. The aim of this study is to determine hair-zinc concentration in Algerian psoriatics. 58 psoriatics and 31 normal controls of both genders were selected. Hair zinc levels were determined using Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis technique (INAA). Student's t-test and One-Way ANOVA were applied. The average zinc concentration for controls and patients were 152±53 μg/g and 167±52 μg/g respectively. They are not significantly different (p>0.05). Zn concentration for males and females controls and patients were 171±27 μg/g, 151±37 μg/g and 145±59 μg/g, 178±58 μg/g respectively. However, for females we have observed a significant difference (p<0.05). - Highlights: ► Psoriasis is a multifactorial skin disease with an unknown etiology. ► About 2–5% of global population in the world suffers from psoriasis. ► The aim of this study is to determine hair-zinc concentration in Algerian psoriatics. ► The average zinc concentration for controls and patients were 152±53 μg/g and 167±52 μg/g respectively.

  9. Elemental analysis of granite by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) and X-ray fluorescence analysis (XRF)

    El-Taher, A., E-mail: Atef_Eltaher@hotmail.com [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Al-Azher University, Assuit 71452 (Egypt); Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Qassium University, Buraydah 51452 (Saudi Arabia)

    2012-01-15

    The instrumental neutron activation analysis technique (INAA) was used for qualitative and quantitative analysis of granite samples collected from four locations in the Aswan area in South Egypt. The samples were prepared together with their standards and simultaneously irradiated in a neutron flux of 7 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 11} n/cm{sup 2} s in the TRIGA Mainz research reactor. Gamma-ray spectra from an hyper-pure germanium detector were analyzed. The present study provides the basic data of elemental concentrations of granite rocks. The following elements have been determined Na, Mg, K, Fe, Mn, Sc, Cr, Ti, Co, Zn, Ga, Rb, Zr, Nb, Sn, Ba, Cs, La, Ce, Nd, Sm, Eu, Yb, Lu, Hf, Ta, Th and U. The X-ray fluorescence (XRF) was used for comparison and to detect elements, which can be detected only by XRF such as F, S, Cl, Co, Cu, Mo, Ni, Pb, Se and V. The data presented here are our contribution to understanding the elemental composition of the granite rocks. Because there are no existing databases for the elemental analysis of granite, our results are a start to establishing a database for the Egyptian granite. It is hoped that the data presented here will be useful to those dealing with geochemistry, granite chemistry and related fields. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Instrumental neutron activation analysis technique (INAA) was used for qualitative and quantitative analysis of granite. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The samples were prepared together with their standards and simultaneously irradiated in a neutron flux of 7 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 11} n/cm{sup 2} s in the TRIGA Mainz research reactor. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Following elements have been determined Na, Mg, K, Fe, Mn, Sc, Cr, Ti, Co, Zn, Ga, Rb, Zr, Nb, Sn, Ba, Cs, La, Ce, Nd, Sm, Eu, Yb, Lu, Hf, Ta, Th and U.

  10. Chemical Composition by Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA of Neo-Assyrian Palace Ware from Iraq, Syria and Israel

    Alice M W Hunt

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Neo-Assyrian Palace Ware is an 8th-7th century B.C.E. fine-ware which originated in Northern Mesopotamia and spread throughout the greater Levant. The mechanism by which Palace Ware moved across the Neo-Assyrian imperial landscape (trade or local imitation/emulation is of great archaeological interest. This dataset provides chemical compositional data, generated using instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA, for Palace Ware vessels from Nimrud and Nineveh, in the Assyrian imperial core (Iraq, Dūr-Katlimmu, in one of the annexed provinces (Syria, and Tell Jemmeh, located outside the Neo-Assyrian provincial system (Israel.

  11. Elemental analysis of granite by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) and X-ray fluorescence analysis (XRF).

    El-Taher, A

    2012-01-01

    The instrumental neutron activation analysis technique (INAA) was used for qualitative and quantitative analysis of granite samples collected from four locations in the Aswan area in South Egypt. The samples were prepared together with their standards and simultaneously irradiated in a neutron flux of 7×10(11)n/cm(2)s in the TRIGA Mainz research reactor. Gamma-ray spectra from an hyper-pure germanium detector were analyzed. The present study provides the basic data of elemental concentrations of granite rocks. The following elements have been determined Na, Mg, K, Fe, Mn, Sc, Cr, Ti, Co, Zn, Ga, Rb, Zr, Nb, Sn, Ba, Cs, La, Ce, Nd, Sm, Eu, Yb, Lu, Hf, Ta, Th and U. The X-ray fluorescence (XRF) was used for comparison and to detect elements, which can be detected only by XRF such as F, S, Cl, Co, Cu, Mo, Ni, Pb, Se and V. The data presented here are our contribution to understanding the elemental composition of the granite rocks. Because there are no existing databases for the elemental analysis of granite, our results are a start to establishing a database for the Egyptian granite. It is hoped that the data presented here will be useful to those dealing with geochemistry, granite chemistry and related fields. PMID:21992845

  12. A preliminary study of archaeological ceramic from the Sao Paulo II, Brazil, archaeological site by Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA)

    Ribeiro, Rogerio B.; Munita, Casimiro S.; Oliveira, Paulo M.S., E-mail: camunita@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Neves, Eduardo G.; Tamahara, Eduardo K., E-mail: edgneves@usp.br [Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia (MAE/USP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    The determination of trace elements plays an important role in the characterization of archaeological ceramics. It is well established that ceramics can be grouped based on similarities/dissimilarities derived from chemical data. Different analytical methods can be applied to determine the sample composition. Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) is the method preferred because present several advantages in relation to the other techniques. In this work, the elements determined were As, K, La, Lu, Na, Nd, Sb, Sm, U, Yb, Ba, Ce, Co, Cr, Cs, I, Fe, Hf, Rb, Sc, Ta , Tb, Th and Zn to carry out a preliminary chemical characterization in 44 ceramic samples from Sao Paulo II archaeological site by INAA. The site is located in Coari city, 363 km from Manaus, Amazonas state (AM). The elementary concentration results were studied using multivariate statistical methods. The similarity/dissimilarity among the samples was studied by means of discriminant analysis. The compositions group classification was done through cluster analysis, showing the formation of the three distinct groups of the ceramics. (author)

  13. Differences in trace element concentrations between Alzheimer and 'normal' human brain tissue using instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA)

    Brain samples obtained from the Netherlands Brain Bank were taken from the superior frontal gyrus, superior parietal gyrus and medial temporal gyrus of 'normal' and Alzheimer's disease subjects in order to determine elemental concentrations and compare elemental composition. Brain samples from the cortex were taken from 18 subjects, eight 'normals' (6 males and 2 females) and eleven with Alzheimer's disease, (1 male and 10 females) and the following elemental concentrations, Na, K, Fe, Zn, Se, Br, Rb, Ag, Cs, Ba, and Eu were determined by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). The element which showed the greatest difference was Br, which was found to be significantly elevated in the cortex of Alzheimer's disease brains as compared to the 'normals' at significance (p < 0.001). (author)

  14. Analysis of As, Cr and Hg in crude oil sludge by using instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA)

    Environment are carrying toxic elements. The aim of this study was to determine As, Cr and Hg elements in crude oil sludge. In this study, crude oil sludge samples from a refining plant at Kerteh, Terengganu was carried out using Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA). The samples were packed and irradiated at the Malaysian Nuclear Agency reactor TRIGA Mark II. Later, the samples were counted using a HPGe detector and were analyzed using the SAMPO 90 software. The certified reference material (CRM) namely NBS Coal Fly Ash 1633a was used as a standard to obtain the concentration average using a comparative method. A total of 11 elements (i.e. As, Co, Cr, Fe, Ga, Hg, Mn, Na, Sc, Se and Sr) were determined in all samples. The concentrations of As, Cr and Hg were found to be in the range of 0-18.8, 98.2-124 and 52.8-57.9 μg.g-1 respectively. From the concentration of these elements, the results showed that the value for total As element is low but the values for the total Cr and Hg are considerable higher than the permissible value. However, almost all the potential environmental impacts can be controlled by sludge disposal options such as well-designed, carefully, efficiently and continuously managed, by following accepted guidelines and regulations. (Author)

  15. Soil-plant relation in Cuban sugar cane by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA)

    This paper shows the results of soil-plant relation in samples from Cuban sugar canes of different soil types and cane varieties, using INAA from a thermal reactor. The behavior of minor and trace elements in sugar cane variety or type of soil. The soil-plant relation shows four principal groups of micro elements, according to their absorption by the plant. (author). 25 refs., 2 figs

  16. Multi-element analysis of sediments, coal samples and gemstones by INAA

    Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) is one of the best analytical methods for the determination of most of the Rare Earth Elements (REEs) and other trace elements. INAA is more effective for trace elemental analysis in the presence of other elements in varying matrices. Multi elemental analysis of the sediments of Gosthani River Estuary, Balacheruvu Backwaters, Kothagudem coal deposits and Chrysoberyl, chrysoberyl cat's eye and Alexandrite gemstones were carries out by INAA. (author)

  17. Test of multielement analysis of bone samples using instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) and anti-Compton spectrometry

    INAA and anti-Compton spectrometry has been employed in the analysis of test bone samples. Validity and accuracy of the method were checked by the use of two biological reference materials procured from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA (NIST) and the International Atomic Energy Agency, Austria (IAEA). NIST 1486 Bone Meal (ca. 200-800 mg) and A-11 Milk Powder (ca. 200-600 mg) samples were irradiated in the 100 kW TRIGA Mainz reactor. Concentrations of 13 elements in both biological reference materials have been determined and were found in good agreement with the certified and provisional values. (author)

  18. Compartmentalization of trace elements in guinea pig tissues by INAA [instrumental neutron activation analysis] and AAS [atomic absorption spectroscopy

    Human scalp hair analysis has received considerable attention from a variety of disciplines over the last 20 yr or so. Trace element levels of hair have been used in environmental, epidemiological, forensic, nutritional, predictive, and preventive medicine studies. There still exist confusion, skepticism, and controversy, however, among the experts as well as lay persons in the interpretation of hair trace element data. Much of the criticism stems from the lack of quantitative and reliable data on the ability of hair to accurately reflect dose-response relationships. To better define the significance or hair trace element levels (under the auspices of the International Atomic Energy Agency), the authors have undertaken a controlled set of animal experiments in which trace element levels in hair and other tissues have been measured after a mild state of systemic intoxication by chronic, low-does exposure to cadmium and selenium. Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) and atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) methods have been developed for the determination of several elements with a high degree of precision and accuracy

  19. Trace elements determination in Algerian wheat by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA)

    In Algeria, bread is the staple food, produced in different kinds from local and imported wheat. Most of it is not subjected to micro-elemental analysis. The objective of this study is to determine quantitatively the traces elements in samples wheat grains produced locally from different cultivated provinces in Algeria. Trace elements (Co, Cr, Cs, Fe, Rb, Sc, Se and Zr) were determined using neutron activation analysis. The results show that the contents of the traces elements in the studied samples were within the safety baseline of all the assayed elements recommended by WHO/FAO except for cobalt in El Harrach province. The analytical results showed that chromium was undetectable in all samples except for Constantine, Ain Mlila and Setif provinces. However zirconium content in a few samples exceeded the permissible level. (author)

  20. Applications of instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) for geological samples in AMD for uranium exploration programme

    Full text: Non-destructive Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis has been used over last three decades in AMD for analysis of geological samples for estimation of Na, K, Ca, Sc, Cr, Fe, Co, Cu, Zn, Ga, As, Br, Zr, Ag, Sb, Cs, Ba, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Tm, Ho, Yb, Lu, Hf, Ta, W, Re, Os, Ir, Au, Th and U. The estimation has been done using various international standards. The irradiation of samples has been done in Cirus/Apsara Reactor in BARC, Mumbai. The measurement of desired gamma emission are carried out by Huge detector. The various geological samples from different parts of India are: 1. granites 2. charnokites 3. Basalts 4. Carbonatites 5. Xenotime 6. Monazite 7. Core samples 8. Black slabs. The efficiency modelling of HPGe detector was done using different sources and mathematical and statistical techniques. (author)

  1. Some improvements in air particulate matter analysis by INAA

    Farinha, M. M.; Freitas, M. C.; Almeida, S. M.; Reis, M. A.

    2001-06-01

    At ITN, analysis of air particulate matter has been made since 1999, stimulated by a contract for air quality monitoring of an urban waste incinerator. Samples are analysed by Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) and Proton Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE). Heavy metals and other elements are determined. The procedures for filter analysis have recently been changed, leading to the present comparison between the old and the new procedures. For INAA, in this new procedure we look for the 336.2 keV gamma line of 115mIn in addition to the gamma-ray line of 527.9 keV used for the detection of 115Cd. Cd evaluations obtained by both gamma lines are compared and detection limits for Cd are presented. Preliminary results for Cd, As, Ni, and Hg are shown for a region in the north of Lisbon.

  2. Some improvements in air particulate matter analysis by INAA

    Farinha, M.M. E-mail: mmanuelf@itn1.itn.pt; Freitas, M.C.; Almeida, S.M.; Reis, M.A

    2001-06-01

    At ITN/ analysis of air particulate matter has been made since 1999/ stimulated by a contract for air quality monitoring of an urban waste incinerator. Samples are analysed by Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) and Proton Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE). Heavy metals and other elements are determined. The procedures for filter analysis have recently been changed/ leading to the present comparison between the old and the new procedures. For INAA/ in this new procedure we look for the 336.2 keV gamma line of {sup 115m}In in addition to the gamma-ray line of 527.9 keV used for the detection of {sup 115}Cd. Cd evaluations obtained by both gamma lines are compared and detection limits for Cd are presented. Preliminary results for Cd/ As/ Ni/ and Hg are shown for a region in the north of Lisbon.

  3. Chemical study of sediments from Solimoes and Negro rivers by Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA)

    Santos, Jose O. dos [Coordenacao de Cursos Tecnicos e Superiores. Instituto Federal de Educacao, Ciencia e Tecnologia de Sergipe, Lagarto, SE (Brazil); Munita, Casimiro S., E-mail: camunita@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Soares, Emilio A.A., E-mail: easores@ufam.edu.br [Departamento de Geociencias. Universidade Federal do Amazonas (UFAM), Manaus, AM (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    The events of the last 70,000 yrs of the history of the Solimoes-Amazon river system are recorded in the fluvial terraces at region of confluence of the Negro and Solimoes rivers, and are markers of changes in the landscape of the Amazon region and it can be observed by analyzing the sedimentary deposits quaternary in Amazon fluvial system. The aim of this work was to contribute with the characterization sedimentological - stratigraphic of Pleistocene succession of the confluence zone of the Negro and Solimoes rivers by means of elemental chemical analysis. To provenance study, 24 elements were determined by Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis from sediment samples collected at confluence of Negro and Solimoes rivers and the results were interpreted using cluster and linear discriminant analysis, which classification to priori were samples previously defined according to Pleistocene stratigraphic units individualized at study area. According to discriminant analysis, one can infer that samples from the basin of the Solimoes River and Parana do Ariau grabens (GPA) are not significantly different, but there was a clear separation of sediments from Negro and GPA groups. It was also obtained that samples from highest and lowest terraces that the of the Solimoes river and Parana do Ariau are different, suggesting that it is a process that reflects the influence of chemical weathering on the uppermost terrace deposits. Thus, this work contributes to determine the contribution of the sediments deposited by the Solimoes and Negro rivers in the filling of tectonic depressions and in the variations of degree of weathering between younger and older units, and provides additional subsidies to build the geological evolution of the area. (author)

  4. Characteristic of elements in coal bottom ash and fly ash by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA)

    Coal-fired power plant and industrial stacks that using coal produce solid waste such as bottom ash and fly ash. Determination of elements in these wastes qualitatively and quantitatively is usually the first step taken for subsequent evaluation of the associated environmental and biological risks. In this study, the determination of trace elements in bottom ash and fly ash by instrumental neutron activation analysis was carried out. The samples were irradiated at rabbit facility in G.A. Siwabessy reactor with neutron flux ~ 1013 n.cm-2.s-1, and then counted by HPGe spectrometer gamma detector. The validation of method was performed by characterization of standard reference material (SRM) 1633b coal fly ash from National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Some elements such as Al, As, Ce, Co, Cr, Cs, Fe, K, La, Mn, Na, Sc, Sm, Ti and V were detected in both samples. The concentration of environmentally toxic elements, As and Cr in bottom ash were 6.24 and 137.4 mg/kg, whereas in fly ash were 6.37 and 39.0 mg/kg respectively. Arsenic concentrations had been over the standard value based on PP no.85/1999. (author)

  5. Determination of essential elements in commercial baby foods by INAA (Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis)

    Vallinoto, Priscila; Maihara, Vera A., E-mail: pvallinoto@ipen.br, E-mail: vmaihara@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    The World Health Organization recommends that infants be breast feed exclusively at least six months after birth. After this period, it is recommended to introduce complementary foods, in order to meet nutritional amounts, minerals and energy needs of children. Commercial food products intended for infants form an important part of the diet for many babies, so it is very important that such food contains sufficient amounts of minerals. Inadequate complementary feeding is a major cause of high rates of malnutrition in developing countries. In this study, essential elements: Ca, Co, Cr, Cs, Fe, K, Na and Zn levels were determined in seven different commercial food products samples by Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis. The seven baby food samples were acquired in the markets of Sao Paulo city. After 8-hour irradiations in the IEA-R1 nuclear research reactor under a thermal neutron flux of 10{sup 12} n cm{sup -2} s{sup -1}, the essential elements were determined and the concentrations obtained were lower than the WHO requirements. For validation of the methodology, INCT MPH-2 Mixed Polish Herbs and NIST SRM 1577{sup b} Bovine Liver were analysed. (author)

  6. Heavy metal pollution determination of Zayandehrood River by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA)

    In previous work, 40 elements in 71 samples from Zayandehrood River sediment analysed by Instrumental Neutron Activation Method. According to element variation curves along the river, all the river path has divided to four region which in each one, concentration of elements are almost constant. Enrichment factors have calculated for mean of element concentrations in each region and it has showed that Ag, As, Au, Cu, Hg, Sb, Zn have concentrated in Isfahan city region due to domestic wastes

  7. Some improvements on air particulate matter analysis by INAA

    At ITN analysis of air particulate matter is being made since 1994. Use is being made of PM10 Gent samplers with separation in two fractions: E.A.D. (equivalent aerodynamic diameter) < 2.5 μm and 2.5 μm < E.A.D. <10 μm. Costar-Nuclepore polycarbonate filters are used. Filters are routinely analysed by neutron activation analysis (INAA) and proton induced X-ray emission (PIXE). Heavy metals and other elements are determined. The procedure used consists in cutting the filter in three parts: one half for INAA, one quarter for PIXE and one quarter left for other eventual uses. For INAA, the half filter was rolled up, irradiated in pure polyethylene container and gamma measurement made including the irradiated polyethylene container. Blanks consisting of polyethylene container + half filter (clean) were also irradiated for impurity content correction. For some elements correction was quite relevant; therefore decision was taken is irradiating the rolled filter within a tin foil which after irradiation was removed and the half filter put into a polyethylene container not-irradiated. In this work comparison is made between the two situations, showing advantages and disadvantages of both procedures. For INAA, Cd-115 was used for Cd determination and very seldom the 527.9 keV gamma line was visible. Now we also look for the 336.2 keV gamma line of In-115m. In this work Cd results obtained by both gamma lines are shown and compared and detection limits for Cd are presented. Taking into account the EU directive 96/62/CE, which will demand very soon determination of Cd, As, Ni, and Hg, some results on these elements in air particulate matter collected in the neighbourhood of Lisbon are shown. (author)

  8. k0-INAA application at IPEN Neutron Activation Laboratory by using the k0-IAEA program: biological sample analysis

    The results obtained in the application of the k0-standardization method at LAN-IPEN for biological matrices analysis, by using the k0-IAEA software, provided by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), are presented. The flux parameters f and a of the IEA-R1 reactor were determined for the pneumatic irradiation facility and for one selected irradiation position, 24B/shelf2, for short and long irradiations, respectively. In order to obtain these parameters, the bare triple-monitor method with 197Au-96Zr-94Zr was used. In order to evaluate the accuracy and precision of the methodology, the biological reference materials Peach Leaves (NIST SRM 1547), Mixed Polish Herbs (INCT-MPH-2) e Tomato Leaves (NIST SRM 1573a) were analyzed. The statistical criteria Relative Errors (bias, %), Coefficient of Variation (CV) and U-score were applied to the obtained results (mean of six replicates). The relative errors (bias, %) in relation to certified values, were, for most elements, in the range of 0 e 30. The Coefficients of Variation were below 20%, showing a good reproducibility of the results. The U-score test showed that all results, except Na in Peach Leaves and in Tomato Leaves, were within 95% confidence interval. These results point out to a promising use of the k0-INAA method at LAN-IPEN for biological sample analysis. (author)

  9. Forensic investigation of brick stones using instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA), laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) and X-ray fluorescence analysis (XRF)

    Brick stones collected from different production facilities were studied for their elemental compositions under forensic aspects using laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS), instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) and X-ray fluorescence analysis (XRF). The aim of these examinations was to assess the potential of these methods in forensic comparison analyses of brick stones. The accuracy of the analysis methods was evaluated using NIST standard reference materials (679, 98b and 97b). In order to compare the stones to each other, multivariate data analysis was used. The evaluation of the INAA results (based on the concentrations of V, Na, K, Sm, U, Sc, Fe, Co, Rb and Cs) using principal component analysis (PCA) and cluster analysis is presented as an example. The results derived from the different analytical methods are consistent. It was shown that elemental analysis using the described methods is a valuable tool for forensic examinations of brick stones.

  10. Major and trace elemental analysis in milk powder by inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) and instrumental neutron activation analysis(INAA)

    2003-01-01

    Major and trace element in seven different kinds of milk powder were studied. The concentration of 24 elements were determined byICP-OES method, from these elements 9 elements determined by INAA. The determination of trace element contents of foodstuffs, especiallymilk as daily drink for all peoples age which being a complex food has great importance. The elemental analysis of milk is important both as anindicator of environmental contamination and because milk is a significant pathway for toxic metal intake and a source of essential nutrients forhumans. The major elements are Ca, K, Mg, Na, P and S. While trace element are B, Ba, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Li, Mn, Mo, Ni, Sb, Se,Sn, Sr, V, W and Zn.ICP-OES technique is shown to be a powerful tool for trace determinations in powder samples. This is shown by its use for analysis of aseries of the milk powders mentioned and comparative results of other direct technique such as instrumental neutron activation analysis.Analysis of both standard reference material A-11 milk powder and NBS Orchard leaves for quality accurance had been completed, andused for a relative method calculate. The importance of the major and trace elements to human health was discussed.

  11. Elemental analysis of Egyptian crude oils by INAA using rabbit irradiation system at ETRR-2 reactor

    Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) using rabbit irradiation system at ETRR-2 reactor was utilized to analyze some elements namely Na, Mg, Al, Cl, V, Mn, In, and Br in four different crude petroleum samples from different oil fields in the Suez-Gulf region of Egypt. The INAA was performed by four different standardization methods. Namely absolute, single comparator based on effective cross section concept, single comparator based on k0,Au factors, and that based on k0,ic factors defined versus any suitable internal comparator method. A FORTRAN computer program was written to calculate the extracted concentrations by these methods. A reasonable agreement between the obtained results was noticed.

  12. Application of INAA and PIXE for analysis of archaeological pottery samples

    Analysis of archaeological artifacts like potteries, bricks and tiles by nuclear analytical techniques (NATs) like instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) and ion beam analysis (IBA) is very useful for obtaining simultaneous multielement profiles at major to trace concentration levels. Archaeological studies are often focused on provenance studies to establish whether they are from same or different origin. The preliminary information is obtained by the physical appearance and the confirmation of provenance is mainly done by chemical composition analysis

  13. Development of a software for INAA analysis automation

    In this work, a software to automate the post-counting tasks in comparative INAA has been developed that aims to become more flexible than the available options, integrating itself with some of the routines currently in use in the IPEN Activation Analysis Laboratory and allowing the user to choose between a fully-automatic analysis or an Excel-oriented one. The software makes use of the Genie 2000 data importing and analysis routines and stores each 'energy-counts-uncertainty' table as a separate ASCII file that can be used later on if required by the analyst. Moreover, it generates an Excel-compatible CSV (comma separated values) file with only the relevant results from the analyses for each sample or comparator, as well as the results of the concentration calculations and the results obtained with four different statistical tools (unweighted average, weighted average, normalized residuals and Rajeval technique), allowing the analyst to double-check the results. Finally, a 'summary' CSV file is also produced, with the final concentration results obtained for each element in each sample. (author)

  14. Elemental analysis of Egyptian crude oils by INAA using rabbit irradiation system at ETRR-2 reactor.

    El-Khayatt, A M

    2010-12-01

    Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) using rabbit irradiation system at ETRR-2 reactor was utilized to analyze some elements namely Na, Mg, Al, Cl, V, Mn, In, and Br in four different crude petroleum samples from different oil fields in the Suez-Gulf region of Egypt. The INAA was performed by four different standardization methods. Namely absolute, single comparator based on effective cross section concept, single comparator based on k(0,Au) factors, and that based on k(0,ic) factors defined versus any suitable internal comparator method. A FORTRAN computer program was written to calculate the extracted concentrations by these methods. A reasonable agreement between the obtained results was noticed. PMID:20692177

  15. Elemental analysis of Egyptian crude oils by INAA using rabbit irradiation system at ETRR-2 reactor

    El-Khayatt, A.M., E-mail: Ahmed_El_Khayatt@yahoo.co [Reactor Physics Department, Atomic Reactors Division, Nuclear Research Center, Atomic Energy Authority, P.O. 13759 Cairo (Egypt)

    2010-12-15

    Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) using rabbit irradiation system at ETRR-2 reactor was utilized to analyze some elements namely Na, Mg, Al, Cl, V, Mn, In, and Br in four different crude petroleum samples from different oil fields in the Suez-Gulf region of Egypt. The INAA was performed by four different standardization methods. Namely absolute, single comparator based on effective cross section concept, single comparator based on k{sub 0,Au} factors, and that based on k{sub 0,ic} factors defined versus any suitable internal comparator method. A FORTRAN computer program was written to calculate the extracted concentrations by these methods. A reasonable agreement between the obtained results was noticed.

  16. Elemental analysis of hair using PIXE-tomography and INAA

    3D quantitative elemental maps of a section of a strand of hair were produced using a combination of PIXE-Tomography and simultaneous On/Off Axis STIM-Tomography at the University of Surrey Ion Beam Centre. The distributions of S, K, Cl, Ca, Fe and Zn were determined using the PIXE-T reconstruction package DISRA. The results were compared with conventional bulk PIXE analysis of tomographic data as determined using Dan32. The overall concentrations determined by PIXE were compared with elemental concentrations held in the University of Surrey Hair Database. All the entries currently in the database were produced using INAA. The merits and possible contributions of tomographic PIXE analysis to analysis of hair are discussed. The conclusions drawn from the PIXE-Tomography analysis can be used to argue for more stringent procedures for hair analysis at the University of Surrey. (author)

  17. Instrumental neutron activation analysis - a routine method

    This thesis describes the way in which at IRI instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) has been developed into an automated system for routine analysis. The basis of this work are 20 publications describing the development of INAA since 1968. (Auth.)

  18. Application of the INAA technique for elemental analysis of metallic biomaterials used in dentistry

    Cincu, Em [' Horia Hulubei' National Institute for Research and Development in Physics and Nuclear Engineering (IFIN-HH), Bucharest-Magurele, 407 Atomistilor Street, P. O. Box MG-6, Bucharest 077125 (Romania)], E-mail: cincue@nipne.ro; Craciun, L.; Manea-Grigore, Ioana; Cazan, I.L.; Manu, V. [' Horia Hulubei' National Institute for Research and Development in Physics and Nuclear Engineering (IFIN-HH), Bucharest-Magurele, 407 Atomistilor Street, P. O. Box MG-6, Bucharest 077125 (Romania); Barbos, D. [Institute for Nuclear Research (INR) Mioveni, 1Campului Street, P. O. Box 78, Bucharest 115400 (Romania); Cocis, A. [Dental Surgery Clinic PANA-DANIELA, Bucharest, 6 Intrarea Buzesti Street (Romania)

    2009-12-15

    The sensitive nuclear analytical technique Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) has been applied on several types of metallic biomaterials (Heraenium CE, Ventura Nibon, Wiron 99 and Ducinox which are currently used for restoration in the dental clinics) to study its performance in elemental analysis and identify eventual limitations. The investigation has been performed by two NAA Laboratories and aimed at getting an answer to the question on how the biomaterials compositions influence the patients' health over the course of time, taking into account the EC Directive 94/27/EC recommendations concerning Ni toxicity.

  19. Comparison between INAA and ICP-OES: analysis of Sudanese medicinal plants

    The aim of this study was to provide elemental concentrations in medicinal plants and mainly to compare the two different determination methods (INAA and ICP-OES after wet digestion) elemental analysis of 14 Sudanese medicinal plants was carried out using INAA and ICP-OES techniques. The selection of reported elements was done according to intersection of elements determined by both techniques. This intersecting element list contained Ca, K, Fe, Mn, Mg, Sr, Zn, Cu, Co, and Cr. INAA correlated well with ICP-OES measurements of the same plants as long as concentrations were sufficiently above LoQ. Correlation coefficients (R2) in this case is close to 1. Generally, INAA results tended to be higher compared to ICP-OES. The performance and possible source of errors of both techniques was discussed also with respect to measurements of certified reference materials. INAA provided the advantage of having both, faster and non destructive sample preparation than ICP-OES. Therefore, INAA may be technique of choice for Ca, K, Zn, and Mg elements specifically when samples are needed for further investigations. Regarding the low concentrations e.g for Cr, Ni or Cu, ICP-OES is the superior technique over INAA due to the sufficiently low limits of determination and thus gaining more detectable results at low concentrations. (author)

  20. Application of INAA in analysis of Chinese ancient greenish white porcelain

    This paper reports the applications of INAA in analysis of Chinese ancient porcelain fired from early Northern Song dynasty (AD 1004-1127) to Late Yuan dynasty (AD 1320-1368) in Hutian Kiln. Minor and trace elements of 168 pieces of ancient porcelain bodies were determined by INAA. The results of factor analysis and some archaeological questions are also discussed in this paper. (author)

  1. on the use of INAA and ICP-MS Techniques for analysis of some cosmetics samples

    instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) and inductively coupled plasma Mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) techniques have been used for the analysis of compact eye shadow cosmetics samples. these techniques were chosen for their simplicity. rapidity and sensitivity for analysis of such samples. the analyzed samples were collected from the egyptian market and were of different origins either imported or locally - manufactured. About 21 trace elements have been determined in the analyzed samples. these elements are: Ag,Ba, Cd, Ce, Co,Cr, Cs,Cu, Eu, Fe, Hf, Hg,Ni,Pb,Rb, Sb,Sc,Sn, Ta,Th and Zn. The percentage relative standard deviation (%RSD) has been calculated in each case. the importance of this study is to determine trace elements which may have toxic or irritant effects since cosmetics products, similar to drugs come in contact with human skin, and to evaluate the possibility of using INAA for controlling the imitations of brand name through trace elements analysis . the results are discussed in the present paper

  2. k0-INAA of Venezuelan ceramics and complete statistical analysis to establish their provenance

    A group of 46 archaeological figurines samples (ad 1300 and 1500) from Venezuelan mainland and northern island were analyzed by k0-instrumental neutron activation analysis (k0-INAA) to obtain their elemental content and give a step ahead to establish the provenance of the island figurines. In total 37 elemental concentrations were measured with uncertainties between 3 and 20 %. To make the study of provenance, a complete statistical analysis was achieved; Fisher linear discriminant, principal component analysis, hierarchical clustering and the Hotelling T2 test were used to this end. Furthermore, not only the 46 samples analyzed in this work by k0-INAA were used, but also 40 samples analyzed by PGNAA and reported by Sajo-Bohus et al. (JRNC 265(2):247-256, 2005) were included in the statistical analysis. It was done in order to increase the size of the data set, and then to obtain from the statistical techniques more reliable results. It was found that a very good differentiation exits between the figurines from the island and from the mainland supporting the idea that the raw materials of the figurines come from different places. (author)

  3. Analysis of FDA in-house food reference materials with anticoincidence INAA

    In-house reference material (IRM) cocoa powder (CCP) has been in use at US Food and Drug Administration laboratories for about 15 years. A single lot of commercial material was originally characterized for 32 elements by several laboratories and five techniques. A unique approach for basis weight determination based upon ambient relative humidity was developed for CCP, eliminating the need for dry weight determinations. The CCP Reference Sheet is updated by incorporating new results approximately every 5 years. The last update occurred in 2006. As part of an effort to revalidate and update values for CCP, anticoincidence instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) was used to determine mass fractions for 16 of the originally characterized elements, as well as to provide information on 16 other elements. Results were in very good agreement with 2006 Reference Sheet values. A new candidate IRM, fresh-frozen swordfish (FFSF) powder, was produced by adding inorganic As, Cd, Cr, Hg, Pb, Sb, and Se to liquid nitrogen-frozen commercial swordfish filets which were then homogenized. Portions of FFSF were analyzed by INAA to provide mass fraction and homogeneity information for As, Cd, Cr, Hg, Sb, and Se as well as for eight other elements occurring naturally in the material. Non-homogeneities were ≤2.5 % for As, Br, Cd, and Cs, and ≤1.8 % for Cr, Hg, Rb, Sb, and Se. Certified reference materials DORM-3 Fish Protein powder and fresh-frozen SRM 1947 Lake Michigan Fish Tissue were analyzed as controls. (author)

  4. Analysis of bluish-white porcelain of Fanchang kiln in Anhui province by INAA

    The minor and trace elements in the bluish-white porcelain bodies of Fanchang kiln in different dynasties were determined by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). Multivariable statistical analysis of the experimental data was carried out by SPSS software. The results show that the contents of Yb, Ta, Hf and Th varied notably between early and middle North Song Dynasty. The chemical compositions of Fanchang porcelain bodies can be divided into three groups corresponding to Five Dynasties, early Northern Song and middle Northern Song. Combined with the results of major elements analysis, we think that the raw materials of Fanchang kiln varied in different periods and the using up of fine raw materials was the main reason of Fanchang kiln's decline. (authors)

  5. Determination of extractable organohalogens (EOX) by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) and individual persistent organohalogen compounds by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) in soil and sediment samples

    High amounts and many kinds of organic compounds have been produced and use in present modern society. Some of them are persistent in the environment and toxic/accumulative in humans and wildlife. Now, twelve man-made chemicals were listed up as persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and monitored in worldwide under the Stockholm Convention. However, it is worried that unknown/unidentified POPs would already pollute the environment. Analysis of organically bound halogens will be of help to understand the levels of unknown/unidentified organohalogens when organically bound halogens and identified organohalogen concentrations are compared. In this study, organically bound halogen were determined by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) in the fraction extracted with organic solvents (extractable organohalogens: EOX). Consequently, in order to reveal the worldwide distribution of known and unknown/unidentified POPs in soil and sediment, determination of EOX and known POPs by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) were conducted. The results indicated that known POP levels are normally only around less than ten per cent of EOX levels, suggesting the presence of high concentrations of unknown/unidentified organic halogen compounds in soil and sediment samples. (author)

  6. Assessment of air quality of two metropolitan cities in Pakistan: elemental analysis using INAA and AAS

    For the assessment of air quality of two cities in Pakistan. Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) and Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS) have been used. In all 26 elements were determined in suspended particulate matter (SPM) and soil samples. The SPM levels from different locations of Rawalpindi and Lahore indicate unhealthy to hazardous air quality much above the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. Metrological conditions and nature of soil that contains clay components mainly contribute to the inventory of the SPM clements of these cities. The calculated enrichment factors (EF) also indicate the dominance of the soil components. Contributions of inorganic elements due to heavy traffic with automotive exhaust and other commercial activities in this area have been identified. Areas of Qurtaba Chowk and Bank Square in Lahore in particular showed high EF for lead depicting burning of the automotive fuel and road dust. The accuracy and precision of the work has been maintained through the concurrent use of IAEA Reference Materials. (orig.)

  7. Factorial discriminant analysis of occupational exposure in metallurgy using INAA of hair samples

    A multivariate statistical technique - factorial discriminant analysis (FDA) - has been used to evaluate the occupational exposure of a group of metallurgy workers using the elemental composition of their scalp hair, as compared with a control group. The initial variables were the concentrations of ten minor and trace elements Al, Co, Cu, Fe, Mg, Mn, Sb, Se, V, and Zn determined in hair samples by using instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). A good discrimination between exposed and control subjects has been achieved after the normalization of the data (by log-transforming the initial variables) and considering sex-matched groups. To measure the accuracy of the classification and the predictive ability a cross-validation procedure was used. (author)

  8. Multielemental analysis of potentially toxic elements from the surroundings of Mathura refinery complex by INAA

    A multielemental instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) method has been employed for the determination of 20 elements (As, Ba, Br, Cl, Co, Cr, Cs, Fe, Hg, La, K, Mo, Na, P, Sc, Se, Sr, Rb, W, Zn) in ashed samples of particulate matter from rumen compartment of livestock representing the vicinity area of Mathura Refinery and control area of Lucknow Municipality. Also some Standard Reference Materials Bovine liver (SRM 1577), Milk Powder (SRM 1549, Animal Muscle H-4 and Animal bone H-5 were analysed for accuracy and precision analysis. Samples were irradiated with thermal neutrons in a nuclear reactor and counted by high resolution gamma spectrometry at different intervals. Environmental implications of elemental concentrations have been discussed. (author). 4 refs., 1 tab

  9. Multielemental analysis of agroindustrial by-products employed in animal feeding by INAA

    Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) with gamma-ray spectrometry was applied to determine As, Ca, Cd, Cl, Co, Cu, Cr, Fe, Hg, K, Mg, Mn, Mo, Na, Sb, Se and Zn in the Brazilian agroindustrial by-products. These materials are widely used in ruminant feeding. The results obtained were compared with requirement and maximum tolerable concentrations. The general conclusions from the data obtained were: (1) many by-products presented concentrations of some essential elements lower than the requirement concentrations, while in some samples the concentrations of Cr, Fe, Mg and Se exceeded by a little the maximum tolerable concentrations, (2) the elements As, Cd, Hg and Sb, generally considered toxic, showed concentrations lower than maximum tolerable values. (author)

  10. INAA analysis for Jun porcelaim and modern Chinese Jun porcelain

    A total of 28 old Jun porcelain, seven modern Chinese Jun porcelain and two Jingdezhen porcelain samples are analyzed with INAA method. The systematic geochemical study for these 37 samples on their REE and trace elements shows that these three types of china were made with relatively stable and similar material, although they leaptover 600 years in different colors and from different kilns. However, the REE patterns of modern Chinese Jun porcelain are a little bit different from that of old Jun porcelain, and clear different from the old glaze of Jindezheng. (authors)

  11. Factorial discriminant analysis of occupational exposure in metallurgy using INAA of hair samples

    A multivariate statistical technique - factorial discriminant analysis (FDA) - has been applied to evaluate the occupational exposure of a group of metallurgy workers using the elemental composition of their scalp hair, as compared with a control group. The initial variables were the concentrations of ten minor and trace elements determined in hair samples by using instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) : Al, Co, Cu, Fe, Mg, Mn, Sb, Se, V, and Zn. The elemental concentrations in the hair samples collected from 20 metallurgical workers and 59 controls showed a great variability. A wide variety of factors can account for this: sex, age, hair structure, general health, diet, socioeconomic status, occupation and environmental pollution. The concentration levels of Al, Co, Cu, Fe, Mg, Mn, Sb, V, and Zn are evidently higher in the hair of metallurgy workers, as compared with control group. Most of the variables showed log-normal distributions, except for Zn and Se, which had normal distributions. The univariate statistical analyses for these elemental concentrations have proved that the occupational exposure to metallic elements is reflected in hair composition. In this study FDA was applied to the same INAA data in order to test the possibility of developing linear classifiers that can separate the subjects exposed to metallic elements from unexposed ones, using the elemental content of their scalp hair. This would permit to evaluate the prediction ability of the classification rules obtained where unknown subjects are concerned. A good discrimination between exposed and control subjects (100 percent classification abilities) has been achieved after the normalization of the data (by log-transforming the initial variables) and considering sex-matched groups. To measure the accuracy of the classification and the predictive ability a cross-validation procedure was used. The predictive abilities obtained with our classifiers were 100 percent for exposed males and

  12. Analysis of ancient and medieval glasses by INAA

    A scheme for instrumental neutron activation analysis of ancient and medieval glasses is proposed. The combination of three irradiations (short time, pile and epithermal) enables the determination of 34 elements. The accuracy of the method is evaluated by analyzing two glass standard reference materials. Results from the analysis of three glasses from different times are presented. (author)

  13. k{sub 0}-INAA application at IPEN Neutron Activation Laboratory by using the k{sub 0}-IAEA program: biological sample analysis; Aplicacao do metodo k{sub 0}-INAA no Laboratorio de Analise por Ativacao com Neutrons do IPEN utilizando o programa k{sub 0}-IAEA: analise de amostras biologicas

    Puerta, Daniel Correa

    2013-07-01

    The results obtained in the application of the k{sub 0}-standardization method at LAN-IPEN for biological matrices analysis, by using the k{sub 0}-IAEA software, provided by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), are presented. The flux parameters f and a of the IEA-R1 reactor were determined for the pneumatic irradiation facility and for one selected irradiation position, 24B/shelf2, for short and long irradiations, respectively. In order to obtain these parameters, the bare triple-monitor method with {sup 197}Au-{sup 96}Zr-{sup 94}Zr was used. In order to evaluate the accuracy and precision of the methodology, the biological reference materials Peach Leaves (NIST SRM 1547), Mixed Polish Herbs (INCT-MPH-2) e Tomato Leaves (NIST SRM 1573a) were analyzed. The statistical criteria Relative Errors (bias, %), Coefficient of Variation (CV) and U-score were applied to the obtained results (mean of six replicates). The relative errors (bias, %) in relation to certified values, were, for most elements, in the range of 0 e 30. The Coefficients of Variation were below 20%, showing a good reproducibility of the results. The U-score test showed that all results, except Na in Peach Leaves and in Tomato Leaves, were within 95% confidence interval. These results point out to a promising use of the k{sub 0}-INAA method at LAN-IPEN for biological sample analysis. (author)

  14. Determination of the sampling factor in biological standards using INAA and PIXE analysis

    Variations in the distribution of elemental concentrations in most biological materials suggest that a subsample, taken from a specimen containing the elements of interest, may not be representative of the specimen due to lack of homogeneity. It is therefore important when using a trace-element analysis technique, to know the representative mass, defined by a sampling factor for a given relative subsampling error, for whichever material is analysed and for each element detected. We have used two complementary techniques, instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) using short-lived radionuclides and proton-induced X-ray emission (PIXE) analysis to determine the concentration of 17 elements and obtain their sampling factors in a number of biological standards. In the case of PIXE a 2 MeV, 0.5 mm diameter proton beam was used and the sampling factor was expressed in terms of the number of spots on the target material required for a representative sample mass to be analysed. Six elements, Cl, Ca, Cu, K, Mn and Br, were detected by both techniques and results show that the values of the sampling factors are technique-dependent. (orig.)

  15. Correlation analysis of inorganic elements in biological tissue if DMDmdx/J mice using INAA

    Instrumental neutron activation analysis technique (INAA) has been used to determine Br, Ca, Cl, K, Mg, Na and S concentrations in bone and other organs samples from DMDmdx/J dystrophic mice as well as C57BL/6J control group mice. The DMDmdx/J mouse strain is relevant as an experimental model for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), which is the most severe and prevalent type of muscular dystrophy. Muscle weakness, premature death and instability of the membrane that involves the muscle fibers - causing functional/structural abnormalities and cell death - are main characteristics of this genetic disease. To show in more details the alterations that this disease may cause in bones (tibiae) and organs (quadriceps and heart), correlations matrixes were generated for both strains permitting a comparison between these groups. A significant change was observed in the analysis of the heart of dystrophic mice suggesting that this dysfunction affects severely the heart muscle. The results emphasize physiologic differences for Na, Ca and Mg and suggest that Br and S results are altered, emphasizing a constant monitoring needs. Other than that, these results may help the researchers to evaluate the efficiency of new treatments and to compare the advantages of different treatment approaches before performing tests in patients with muscular dystrophy. (author)

  16. Pretreatment process for mineral analysis in FFH using INAA-method and evaluation of mineral intakes

    This study were aimed to set up the pre-treatment process for FFH and analyse Pretreatment processes for the analysis of food mineral contents by INAA were established according to FFH state using freeze-drying and homogenization. The Se contents showed higher precision with INAA-method than ICP-method. The content of Ca, Na, Mg, Fe, Zn, Cu, Mn, Cr, Co in FFH measured using INAA-method showed that the mineral contents in the amount of recommended intakes by manufacturer were not significantly different according to FFH type. The average Ca contents was the highest in Yousanguns > nutritional supplement> glucosamines. The average K content of FFH with one serving size were the highest in glucosamines>aloes> nutritional supplements. I content among FFH was the highest in nutritional supplements. The average Mg contents were highest in Chlorella-Spirurina and Aloes. The average Cu content of FFH was the highest in Yeasts. The contents of Fe, Zn and Se were the highest in nutritional supplements. The mineral contents in recommended intake amounts by manufacturer were over the maximum contents regulated by Korean FDA in some imported FFH products. their mineral contents of FFH using NAA-method and to assess the mineral intakes by FFH

  17. Pretreatment process for mineral analysis in FFH using INAA-method and evaluation of mineral intakes

    Lee, Ok Hee; Youn, Kyung Jin; Lee, Ji Bum; Kim, Mi Jin [Yongin University, Yongin (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-05-15

    This study were aimed to set up the pre-treatment process for FFH and analyse Pretreatment processes for the analysis of food mineral contents by INAA were established according to FFH state using freeze-drying and homogenization. The Se contents showed higher precision with INAA-method than ICP-method. The content of Ca, Na, Mg, Fe, Zn, Cu, Mn, Cr, Co in FFH measured using INAA-method showed that the mineral contents in the amount of recommended intakes by manufacturer were not significantly different according to FFH type. The average Ca contents was the highest in Yousanguns > nutritional supplement> glucosamines. The average K content of FFH with one serving size were the highest in glucosamines>aloes> nutritional supplements. I content among FFH was the highest in nutritional supplements. The average Mg contents were highest in Chlorella-Spirurina and Aloes. The average Cu content of FFH was the highest in Yeasts. The contents of Fe, Zn and Se were the highest in nutritional supplements. The mineral contents in recommended intake amounts by manufacturer were over the maximum contents regulated by Korean FDA in some imported FFH products. their mineral contents of FFH using NAA-method and to assess the mineral intakes by FFH

  18. Analysis of sedimentary rocks from the Jurassic/Cretaceous boundary: INAA and RNAA of platinum group elements

    Within a geophysical and paleontological project aimed at a detailed and precise correlation of the Jurassic/Cretaceous (J/K) boundary interval in the Tethyan and Boreal region, detailed magnetostratigraphic and biostratigraphic profiles with a well-defined J/K boundary were selected from several sites for a detailed geochemical characterization. Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) was employed in the characterization of a vertical profile around the assumed J/K boundary in the Boreal Realm situated on the Nordvik peninsula, North of Middle Siberia, Russia, for which a platinum group element (PGE) anomaly has been reported in literature. Multimode INAA included short-time and long-time modes of irradiation either with reactor-pile neutrons or with epithermal/fast neutrons (ENAA) under a Cd shielding. The analyses encompassed about 40 major and trace elements. A radiochemical separation procedure for PGE determination consisting in sample decomposition by alkaline-oxidative fusion, reduction of PGE, and precipitation of their sulfides was tested. Despite difficulties, elevated levels of Pt and Ir were determined in selected samples at ppb and sub-ppb levels, respectively

  19. Selected industrial and environmental applications of neutron activation analysis

    A review of the applications of Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) in the industrial and environmental fields is given. Detection limits for different applications are also given. (author)

  20. Study on sources of colored glaze of Xiyue Temple in Shanxi province by INAA and multivariable statistical analysis

    The major, minor and trace elements in the bodies of ancient colored glazes which came from the site of Xiyue Temple and Lidipo kiln in Shanxi province, and were unearthed from the stratums of Song, Yuan, Ming, Early Qing and Late Qing dynasty were analyzed by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). The results of multivariable statistical analyses show that the chemical compositions of the colored glaze bodies are steady from Song to Early Qing dynasty, but distinctly different from that in Late Qing. Probably, the sources of fired material of ancient colored glaze from Song to Early Qing came from the site of Xiyue Temple. The chemical compositions of three pieces of colored glazes in Ming dynasty and that in Late Qing are similar to that of Lidipo kiln. From this, authors could conclude that the sources of the materials of ancient coloured glazes of Xiyue Temple in Late Qing dynasty were fired in Lidipo kiln. (authors)

  1. The provenance study of Chinese ancient color glaze from Shanxi by INAA and factor analysis

    This paper reports the results of the provenance study of Chinese ancient color glaze in Shanxi. The minor and trace elements of body of color glaze in different dynasty from Xiyue temper kiln and that of Lidipo kiln in Ming Dynasty determined by INAA, some of ancient porcelain from Lidipo kiln were measured, also. The factor analysis showed that provenances of the ancient color glazes from Xiyue Temple that were produced during Song Dynasty to the early Qing Dynasty were in the place of the Xiyue kiln, and body material of ancient color have little been changed, on the other hand, that of Later Qing Dynasty were-produced from Lidipo kiln. Different color glazes were measured by SRXRF and it proved the colored elements were Fe and Cu.

  2. Instrumental Neuron Activation Analysis for certification of stainless steel materials

    The use of Instrumental Neuron Activation Analysis (INAA) may contribute to improve the certification of the materials, especially in the case of minor and trace elements. In presented paper the INAA method of analysis of stainless steel materials has been elaborated. The obtained results were compared with those of common analytical techniques. The presented results show the usefulness of the INAA method for the certification of CRMs for the iron and steel industry

  3. Development of k0-INAA standardization method by neutron activation with Am–Be source

    The k0-standardization method on the 241Am–Be isotopic neutron source has been studied and developed. In this paper, the characteristics of the neutron spectrum in an isotropic neutron field of 241Am–Be isotopic neutron sources was experimentally determined by dual monitor method using measured cadmium ratios of 197Au(n, γ)198Au and 98Mo(n, γ)99Mo(β−)99mTc reactions. Application of the k0-standardization method for the determination of elemental concentrations such as Al, Mn and Na in cement is carried out as well. The obtained results are in agreement with other analyses. - Highlights: ► Development of k0-INAA standardization method for neutron activation using Am–Be source. ► Efficiency of HPGe detector was determined with cylinder and foil samples. ► Characteristic of neutron spectrum of Am–Be source was measured using dual monitor cadmium ratio method of Au and Mo monitor. ► Analyses of concentration of Al, Na and Mn in cement samples was carried out.

  4. INAA of aerosol samples in Mexico City

    Total solid particles (TSP), respirable particles (RP) PM10 and 17 metallic pollutants were measured in dwellings in the Metropolitan Zone of Mexico Valley (MZMV) by gravimetry and instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). Monitoring was performed in Northeast, Center, Southeast and Southwest Zones in the winter and spring seasons. In general, the average concentration of contaminants (derived from industrial activities) that we have determined have increased with time. TSP and RP PM10 are often above the US and Mexican norms. (author)

  5. Application of INAA for chemical characterization of ancient bricks

    Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) is a powerful nuclear analytical technique for non-destructive analysis of solid samples including ceramics. INAA using high flux reactor neutrons from Dhruva reactor was utilized for analysis 20 ancient bricks obtained from Buddhist sites of Andhra Pradesh, India. For comparison, two recent/modern potteries were also analyzed. Concentrations of 24 elements were determined by relative method. Concentration ratios (La/Ce) as well as statistical cluster analysis (using 14 selected elements) were used for grouping these artifacts, as part of provenance study. These results showed that the 22 samples fell in two major groups, which are in good agreement with collection locations. (author)

  6. Correlation analysis of inorganic elements in biological tissue if DMD{sup mdx}/J mice using INAA

    Metairon, Sabrina; Zamboni, Cibele B.; Suzuki, Miriam F., E-mail: metairon@usp.b, E-mail: czamboni@ipen.b, E-mail: mfsuzuki@ipen.b [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Bueno Junior, Carlos R. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), SP (Brazil). Inst. de Biociencias. Centro de Estudos do Genoma Humano; Sant' Anna, Osvaldo A., E-mail: gbrazil@usp.b [Instituto Butantan, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    Instrumental neutron activation analysis technique (INAA) has been used to determine Br, Ca, Cl, K, Mg, Na and S concentrations in bone and other organs samples from DMD{sup mdx}/J dystrophic mice as well as C57BL/6J control group mice. The DMD{sup mdx}/J mouse strain is relevant as an experimental model for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), which is the most severe and prevalent type of muscular dystrophy. Muscle weakness, premature death and instability of the membrane that involves the muscle fibers - causing functional/structural abnormalities and cell death - are main characteristics of this genetic disease. To show in more details the alterations that this disease may cause in bones (tibiae) and organs (quadriceps and heart), correlations matrixes were generated for both strains permitting a comparison between these groups. A significant change was observed in the analysis of the heart of dystrophic mice suggesting that this dysfunction affects severely the heart muscle. The results emphasize physiologic differences for Na, Ca and Mg and suggest that Br and S results are altered, emphasizing a constant monitoring needs. Other than that, these results may help the researchers to evaluate the efficiency of new treatments and to compare the advantages of different treatment approaches before performing tests in patients with muscular dystrophy. (author)

  7. Data Management and Acquisition System for INAA

    Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) remains a powerful technique for multielemental trace analysis. In atmospheric aerosol studies, we typically determine 40 elements, including markers of natural and anthropogenic sources, heavy metals, and toxic or nutrient trace elements in aerosol samples. The need for size spectral, spatial, and temporal information requires that hundreds of samples be collected and accurately analyzed. Quality assurance is a primary component of the analytical protocol. The quality of INAA data depends on counting statistics--accurate preparation of standards, positioning of samples above the detector, resolution of interferences, and correction for coincidence effects when counting close to the detector--and on reliable operation of the amplifier and analog-to-digital converters. Furthermore, the analysis of such large numbers of samples by INAA is a complicated endeavor, involving a large number of tasks that, if not recorded or completed properly, can compromise the analysis. To reduce the possibility of operator error in keeping track of a complex array of information and to speed the detection of instrumental faults, we have developed a new analysis protocol and automated sample analysis and management (SAM) software system. The SAM system is a relational database application designed to log data associated with the collection of atmospheric aerosol and associated samples collected with a variety of instruments, assist in choosing samples for analysis by a variety of techniques, schedule irradiation and counting for INAA, interface with the ORTEC Gamma Vision (GV) software, capture the analytical data, calculate elemental masses from activities provided by GV, and prepare first-tier data summaries and manipulations. All the sample and flux monitor counts are initiated through SAM

  8. Analysis of trace-elemental geochemical characteristics of glassy meteorites from Hainan island by INAA

    The concentrations of more than 20 elements in the glassy meteorites from Hainan Island of China have been measured by INAA. Precision and accuracy of the INAA method have been evaluated by using USGS and Chinese standard reference materials (GSR), indicating that relative standard deviations for most element are less than 5%. A comparative study on the REE patterns and other trace elements shows that the geochemical characteristics of the glassy meteorites from Hainan Island are close to those of the Chinese continental sediment and the North America shale, implying that their parent rock is younger sediment

  9. INAA method optimization using a 2k factorial design

    In this work a 23 factorial design was carried out aiming the multivariate optimization of Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) for mass fraction determination of Co, Cr, Fe, Rb, Sc, Se and Zn in biological samples and Co, Cr, Fe, Sc and Zn in geological samples. The factors investigated in this study were sample decay time, sample distance to detector and sample measurement time. The optimal condition for each method was outlined according to the main effect and interactions results. It was observed that sample decay time is the most important factor for the INAA optimization in the different methods. (author)

  10. Determination of 140La fission product interference factor for INAA

    Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) is a technique widely used to determine the concentration of several elements in several kinds of matrices. However if the sample of interest has higher relative uranium concentration the obtained results can be interfered by the uranium fission products. One of these cases that is affected by interference due to U fission is the 140La, because this radioisotope used in INAA for the determination of concentration the La is also produced by the −β of 140Ba, an uranium fission product. The 140La interference factor was studied in this work and a factor to describe its time dependence was obtained

  11. Studies of kidney stones using INAA, EDXRF and XRD techniques

    Four kidney stones collected from patients being treated in the Advance Urology Centre of PGIMR, Chandigarh were characterized using instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA), energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques. For INAA, samples were irradiated in tray rod facility of Dhruva reactor, Mumbai and pneumatic fast transfer system of KAMINI reactor, IGCAR, Kalpakkam. Radioactive assay was carried out using HPGe detector coupled to 8k channel analyzer. Elements determined in the samples by INAA are Zn, Sr, Co, Fe, Cr, Sc, Se, Na and Mn. EDXRF was used for the quantification of Ca. XRD patterns showed that three of the kidney stones are calcium oxalate stone and the other one is uric acid stone. The concentrations of trace elements in general were found to be higher in calcium oxalate stones and positive correlation was observed in the concentrations of Ca with Sr and Zn. (author)

  12. Characterization of kidney stones using INAA, EDXRF and XRD techniques

    Four kidney stone samples collected from patients being treated in the Advance Urology Centre of PGIMER, Chandigarh were characterized using instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA), Energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques. For INAA, samples were irradiated in Tray rod facility of Dhruva reactor, Mumbai and pneumatic fast transfer system (PFTS) of KAMINI reactor, Kalpakkam. Radioactive assay was carried out using high purity germanium detector coupled to 8k channel analyzer. Elements determined in the samples by INAA are Zn, Sr, Co, Fe, Cr, Sc, Se, Na and Mn. ED-XRF was used for quantification of Ca. Concentrations of trace elements were found to be higher in calcium oxalate stones and significant correlation was observed in the concentrations of Ca with Sr and Zn. (author)

  13. INAA and chemical analysis of water and sediments sampled in 1996 from the Romanian sector of the Danube river

    Water and sediment samples collected during spring 1996 from 21 cross sections of the Romanian sector of the Danube river and the Black Sea coast were investigated for the major, minor and trace element content. Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) at the VVR-S reactor in Bucharest (neutron flux of 2.3 x 1012 cm-2.s-1) has been used to find out the concentration of Al, As, Au, Ba, Br, Ca, Ce, Cl, Co, Cr, Cs, Dy, Eu, Fe, Hf, Hg, K, La, Lu, Mg, Mn, Mo, Na, Nd, Ni, Rb, Sb, Sc, Se, Sm, Sr, Ta, Tb, Ti, Th, U, V, W, Yb, Zn, and Zr. Specific chemical methods used in geology were applied for the sediments to determine Si, P and the other major elements. The contents of chlorides, sulphates, bicarbonates, NH4+, NO2-, NO3- as well as the physical-chemical parameters of the Danube water sampled in the same time with the bottom sediments were determined. A mathematical model for the transport of the radionuclides by the Danube river from the entrance in Romania to the Portile de Fier (Iron Gates) dam was elaborated under the Research Contract RB-3260-IAEA-Vienna. Data concerning the solid discharge (kg/s), liquid discharge (m3/s), the time interval between the two measurements of the specific activity (Bq/kg) in the principal cross-sections, were taken into account together with the granulometric data and rugosity coefficients of the sediments. The present data are used to extend the mathematical model for the transport of the radioactive and chemical pollution by Danube river downstream to the Portile de Fier dam up to the Danube delta

  14. INAA using 252Cf neutron source at University of Pune

    The review presents the work done over last two decades on Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) by our research group at University of Pune using 252Cf spontaneous fission neutron source. The technique has been applied in different fields viz. numismatics, industry, agriculture, ayurveda, environmental and health sciences and diffusion studies. A brief discussion of the work is presented in this article. (author)

  15. Analytical Methods INAA and PIXE Applied to Characterization of Airborne Particulate Matter in Bandung, Indonesia

    Urbanization and industrial growth have deteriorated air quality and are major cause to air pollution. Air pollution through fine and ultra-fine particles is a serious threat to human health. The source of air pollution must be known quantitatively by elemental characterization, in order to design the appropriate air quality management. The suitable methods for analysis the airborne particulate matter such as nuclear analytical techniques are hardly needed to solve the air pollution problem. The objectives of this study are to apply the nuclear analytical techniques to airborne particulate samples collected in Bandung, to assess the accuracy and to ensure the reliable of analytical results through the comparison of instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) and particles induced X-ray emission (PIXE). Particle samples in the PM2.5 and PM2.5-10 ranges have been collected in Bandung twice a week for 24 hours using a Gent stacked filter unit. The result showed that generally there was a systematic difference between INAA and PIXE results, which the values obtained by PIXE were lower than values determined by INAA. INAA is generally more sensitive and reliable than PIXE for Na, Al, Cl, V, Mn, Fe, Br and I, therefore INAA data are preferred, while PIXE usually gives better precision than INAA for Mg, K, Ca, Ti and Zn. Nevertheless, both techniques provide reliable results and complement to each other. INAA is still a prospective method, while PIXE with the special capabilities is a promising tool that could contribute and complement the lack of NAA in determination of lead, sulphur and silicon. The combination of INAA and PIXE can advantageously be used in air pollution studies to extend the number of important elements measured as key elements in source apportionment. (author)

  16. Analytical Methods INAA and PIXE Applied to Characterization of Airborne Particulate Matter in Bandung, Indonesia

    D.D. Lestiani

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Urbanization and industrial growth have deteriorated air quality and are major cause to air pollution. Air pollution through fine and ultra-fine particles is a serious threat to human health. The source of air pollution must be known quantitatively by elemental characterization, in order to design the appropriate air quality management. The suitable methods for analysis the airborne particulate matter such as nuclear analytical techniques are hardly needed to solve the air pollution problem. The objectives of this study are to apply the nuclear analytical techniques to airborne particulate samples collected in Bandung, to assess the accuracy and to ensure the reliable of analytical results through the comparison of instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA and particles induced X-ray emission (PIXE. Particle samples in the PM2.5 and PM2.5-10 ranges have been collected in Bandung twice a week for 24 hours using a Gent stacked filter unit. The result showed that generally there was a systematic difference between INAA and PIXE results, which the values obtained by PIXE were lower than values determined by INAA. INAA is generally more sensitive and reliable than PIXE for Na, Al, Cl, V, Mn, Fe, Br and I, therefore INAA data are preffered, while PIXE usually gives better precision than INAA for Mg, K, Ca, Ti and Zn. Nevertheless, both techniques provide reliable results and complement to each other. INAA is still a prospective method, while PIXE with the special capabilities is a promising tool that could contribute and complement the lack of NAA in determination of lead, sulphur and silicon. The combination of INAA and PIXE can advantageously be used in air pollution studies to extend the number of important elements measured as key elements in source apportionment.

  17. Application of the k{sub 0}-INAA method for analysis of biological samples at the pneumatic station of the IEA-R1 nuclear research reactor

    Puerta, Daniel C.; Figueiredo, Ana Maria G.; Semmler, Renato, E-mail: dcpuerta@hotmail.com, E-mail: anamaria@ipen.br, E-mail: rsemmler@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Jacimovic, Radojko, E-mail: radojko.jacimovic@ijs.si [Jozef Stefan Institute (JSI), Ljubljana, LJU (Slovenia). Department of Environmental Sciences

    2013-07-01

    As part of the process of implementation of the k{sub 0}-INAA standardization method at the Neutron Activation Laboratory (LAN-IPEN), Sao Paulo, Brazil, this study presents the results obtained for the analysis of short and medium-lived nuclides in biological samples by k{sub 0}-INAA using the program k{sub 0}-IAEA, provided by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The elements Al, Ba, Br, Na, K, Mn, Mg, Sr and V were determined with respect to gold ({sup 197}Au) using the pneumatic station facility of the IEA-R1 4.5 MW swimming pool nuclear research reactor, Sao Paulo. Characterization of the pneumatic station was carried out by using the 'bare triple-monitor' method with {sup 197}Au-{sup 96}Zr-{sup 94}Zr. The Certified Reference Material IRMM-530R Al-0.1%Au alloy and high purity zirconium comparators were used. The efficiency curves of the gamma-ray spectrometer used were determined by measuring calibrated radioactive sources at the usually utilized counting geometries. The method was validated by analyzing the reference materials NIST SRM 1547 Peach Leaves, INCT-MPH-2 Mixed Polish Herbs and NIST SRM 1573a Tomato Leaves. The concentration results obtained agreed with certified, reference and recommended values, showing relative errors (bias, %) less than 30% for most elements. The Coefficients of Variation were below 20%, showing a good reproducibility of the results. The E{sub n}-number showed that all results, except Na in NIST SRM 1547 and NIST SRM 1573a and Al in INCT-MPH-2, were within 95% confidence interval. (author)

  18. Metrological role of reactor neutron activation analysis in contemporary inorganic trace analysis

    In this paper, the inherent characteristics of relative instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) as a primary ratio method of measurement, the unique functions of parametric INAA as an ideal back-up method of the relative INAA, and the valuable role of INAA in characterization of sampling behavior of individual elements in certified reference materials (CRMs) will be discussed. In the second of this series, traceability and uncertainty of measurement results by k0-INAA will be described. The role of k0-INAA as a back-up to relative INAA will be discussed. In the final series, minimum sample size, usually 100 mg or larger, is often the only information given in certificates of the existing certified reference materials (CRMs) to describe sampling behavior. This value is not only too large to cope with the quality control (QC) requirements of microanalysis, but also too general to reflect the strong element-specific nature of sampling behavior of solid materials. The need for CRMs with sampling behavior characterized for individual elements is explained, and the unique role INAA can play in this aspect is described. (J.P.N.)

  19. Development of INAA automation at CARR

    A new INAA (instrumental neutron activation analysis) automatic measurement system has been established at China advanced research reactor. Three HPGe spectrometers can be working simultaneously at 24 h a day. The sample rabbit contains an RFID (radio frequency identification) tag which is used for identifying and/or tracing the sample route or location. The automation system controlled by software Kingview6.55 and programmable logic controller is mainly composed of four parts, sample counting system, sample driving system, samples holder and sample exchanger. (author)

  20. Activation analysis as applied to environmental substances

    The historical background of activation analysis as applied to environmental problems is first briefly described. Then, the present state of its utilization for environmental samples, mainly atmospheric floating particles and human hairs, is reviewed. The problem with irradiation reactors is also mentioned. In the activation analysis of environmental substances, the instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) with the thermal neutrons in reactors is the main; besides, there are the methods with bremsstrahlung, etc. The INAA is most effectively used for atmospheric airborne particles and the micro-elements in human hairs. In Japan, the INAA is currently employed by the Environmental Agency in its national air pollution surveillance network for metallic pollutants. The problem with reactors is the limited capacity for thermal neutron irradiation. (Mori, K.)

  1. Quality control of INAA-k0 and ICP-MS as bio-monitoring analysis techniques - Application to Moroccan atmospheric pollution study

    Full text: Many studies have been conducted to study atmospheric pollution using different techniques to determine the quality and quantity of pollutant elements. Those techniques differ in their capability of analysing as large spectrum of elements as possible, their sensibility to the presence of trace elements and their accuracy. In this study the interest turns on the INAA-k0 and ICP-MS techniques due to their adequate characteristics to analyse accurately a wide number of elements interesting the bio monitoring. To check the measurement reliability and accuracy of those two techniques, we have analysed samples of reference materials and compared analysis results of divers elements in lichens, mosses and tree barks. The results given by reference materials analysis and bio-monitor comparisons let us conclude that INAA-k0 and ICP-MS are very suitable for the bio-monitoring task, complementary and they can be substituted for analysis of the majority of elements. (author)

  2. Elemental composition of Mexican colonial majolica using INAA

    Historic ceramics recovered in the Templo Mayor excavations in Mexico City were analysed by means of instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) to source 42 majolica sherds representing 20 different ceramic types and then compared with 85 samples analysed by Olin and Blackman. In previous archaeological interpretations, these types were assumed to have come from Spain, Mexico City and Puebla. The concentrations of 23 major, minor and trace elements were measured using INAA. A statistical treatment of the overall analytical data using cluster analysis (CA) and principal component analysis (PCA) methods was used to group the specimens according to the overall similarity of their compositional characteristics. Cluster analysis and PCA revealed two groups of ceramic types: Puebla and Mexico City. Our archaeometric results provide evidence that Spanish styles were copied in Mexico during the early colonial period, and that Mexico City and Puebla workshops shared a common stylistic tradition. (author)

  3. Instrumental neutron activation analysis. A valuable link in chemical metrology

    A systematic experimental approach to the demonstration of viability of instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) in chemical metrology is provided. The practical approach was derived from a complete survey of uncertainty components that affect the INAA measurement process. These uncertainty components were classified by their magnitude and origin and subsequently minimized by appropriate steps in the INAA process. The process was tested with the INAA determination of Cr in SRM 1152A stainless steel; the Cr value is certified at 17.76% with an estimated uncertainty of 0.04% (0.23% relative). The INAA results from this procedure are in agreement with these specifications. Similar procedures have been applied to INAA multi-element determinations in a high temperature alloy. Agreement with available consensus values was demonstrated in the alloy. The guidelines on the determination of uncertainty were fully met, providing through INAA a valuable independent non-destructive tool in chemical measurements of metrological value such as required in the CCQM key comparisons. (author)

  4. Trace element impurity determination in aspirin tablets by INAA

    Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) was applied to assess trace element concentrations in six samples of aspirin tablets acquired in Sao Paulo city, Brazil. Concentrations of the elements Br, Ca, Co, Cr, Fe, K, La, Na, Sc and Zn were determined. Comparisons were made between the results obtained with published data for aspirins from foreign countries. Certified reference materials, INCT-MPH-2 Mixed Polish Herbs were analyzed for quality control of the analytical results. (author)

  5. Element profiles of onion producing districts in Japan, as determined using INAA and PGA

    We carried out instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) as well as k0-based prompt gamma-ray analysis (k0-PGA) to measure the amount of the elements in onions and studied whether the onions collected from different sites can be categorized based on the elemental concentration profile. Six elements (Na, Mg, Cl, K, Ca, Mn) and 3 elements (B, S, Cl) were measured by INAA and PGA in the onions grown in two districts, Hokkaido and Saga, in Japan, respectively. After principal component analysis, it was found that Cl was an important element to feature the producing districts of onions. (author)

  6. Adaptation of INAA method at the IGR reactor

    Full text: The method of instrumental neutron activation analysis allows realizing into practice the selective determination of the activity of radioisotopes and the definition of a considerable number of elements in small samples. The calculated and experimental researches of the possibility of radiation of samples of different composition were performed during development of INAA method. The sensitivity of INAA method on the IGR reactor and relative measurements errors of peaks area of the total absorption in the gamma energy spectrums of samples for specific conditions were determined. Comparing the results of neutronic calculations and experiments, it is possible to note that differences in the values of the rate of a reaction for isotopes are 10 percent

  7. Application of INAA for chemical quality control analysis of C-C composite and high purity graphite by determining trace elemental concentrations

    Carbon based materials like graphite and C-C composites are used for various scientific and technological applications. Owing to its low neutron capture cross section and good moderating properties, graphite is used as a moderator or reflector in nuclear reactors. For high temperature reactors like CHTR, graphite and C-C composites are proposed as structural materials. Studies are in progress to use C-C composites as prospective candidate instead of graphite due to their excellent mechanical and thermal properties. The advantage of carbon-carbon composite is that the microstructure and the properties can be tailor made. Impurities like rare earth elements and neutron poisons which have high neutron absorption cross section and elements whose activation products of have longer half-lives like 60Co (5.27 y), 65Zn (244.3 d) and 59Fe (44.5 d) are not desired in structural materials. For chemical quality control (CQC) it is necessary to evaluate accurately the impurity concentrations using a suitable non-destructive analytical technique. In the present work, two carbon/carbon composite samples and two high purity graphite samples were analyzed by Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) using high-flux reactor neutrons. Samples, sealed in Al foil, were irradiated in tray-rod position of Dhruva reactor, BARC at a neutron flux of ∼ 5 x 1013cm-2s-1. Radioactive assay was carried out using high resolution gamma ray spectrometry using 40% HPGe detector

  8. The Byzantine ceramics from Pergamon excavations. Characterization of local and imported productions by elementary analysis using PIXE and INAA methods and by petrography

    An important ceramics material dated back to the 12th-14th centuries has been excavated in Pergamon (Turkey). Among these findings, wasters, tripod stilts and unfinished ware attest to local production in the Byzantine period. Elemental analysis by the methods PIXE (Particle Induced X-ray Emission) and INAA (Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis) has been performed on a representative sampling of 160 sherds, including attested local material. Multivariate statistical techniques were used to classify the sherds into groups of similar composition and thus to distinguish ceramics made in Pergamon from imported wares. Several groups of local production have been constituted, which correspond to wares differing in date and fabric. The geochemical characterization of the pastes, complemented with petrographical and mineralogical data, shows that specific raw materials have been used to manufacture each ware. The analytical data related to ceramics made in Pergamon will serve as reference data for future provenance studies. Such reference groups of Byzantine ceramics are very rare, and therefore the ceramics imported into Pergamon cannot be attributed as to their origin. Among the ceramics widely diffused in the Byzantine world, some importations belonging to the ''fine sgraffito'' and ''Zeuxippus ware'' types have been identified. The latter type has been a source of stylistic influence for the workshops of Pergamon, since the analyses show that imitated ''Zeuxippus ware'' has been produced there. These imitations were probably themselves diffused on a regional scale. (author). 238 refs., 48 figs., 53 tabs., 22 photos., 8 appends

  9. Development Of K0-INAA Standardization Method By Neutron Activation With Am-Be Source

    Method of k0 standardization in neutron activation analysis with Am-Be neutron source at DNP, University of Sciences, VNU-HCMC, have been researched and developed. In this paper, the parameters of neutron spectrum of Am-Be source such as epithermal neutron spectrum deviation (α), cadmium ratio (RCd) and ratio of fluxes of thermal/epithermal neutron (f) at thermal neutron irradiation position were measured by cadmium ratio method with dual monitors as Au and Mo, which actual were α = 0.075 ± 0.011, f 25.73 ± 2.20 and RCd,Au = 2.95 ± 0.12. HPGe detector efficiency curves for samples of cylinder and foil geometries were experimentally determined by home-made production of radioisotope 116mIn through neutron irradiation of 115In(n, γ)116mIn reaction. Application of k0 standardization method to concentration analytic of elements such as Al, Mn and Na in cement samples were carried out as well. Obtained elements concentration in this research was fairly agreed with other analyses. (author)

  10. Neutron activation analysis in Bulgaria

    The development of instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) as a routine method started in 1960 with bringing into use of the experimental nuclear reactor 2 MW -IRT-2000. For the purposes of INAA the vertical channels were used. The neutron flux vary from 1 to 6x1012n/cm2s, with Cd ratio for gold of about 4,4. In one of the channels the neutron flux is additionally thermalised with grafite, in others - a pneumatic double-tube rabbit system is installed. One of the irradiation positions is equiped with 1 mm Cd shield constantly. With the pressure of the working gas (air) of 2 bar the transport time in one direction is 2,5 sec. Because of lack of special system for uniform irradiation an accuracy of 3% can be reached by use of iron monitors for long irradiations and copper monitors for use in the rabbit system. Two neutron generators are also working but the application of 14 MeV neutrons for INAA is still quite limited. The most developed are the applications of INAA in the fields of geology and paedology, medicine and biology, environment and pollution, archaeology, metallurgy, metrology and hydrology, criminology

  11. Multielement analysis of human hair and kidney stones by INAA with κ sub 0 - standardization method

    κ sub 0 - standardization method of instrumental neutron activation analysis was applied for the multielement analysis of human hair standard reference materials from IAEA, No. 085, No. 086 and No. 5. Also, hair samples from different parts of Malaysia and in addition to a sample from Japan were analysed. Human kidney stones were analysed for minor and trace elements. In all samples, more than 25 elements were determined. The samples were irradiated in the (Lazy Susan) at Triga Mark 11 reactor of MINT. The accuracy of the method was ascertained by analysis of other reference materials, to name a few, 1573 Tomato Leaves and 1572 Citrus Leaves. In this method the deviation of the I/E epithermal neutron flux distribution from I/E I a, (Pfr - ratio) for true coincidence effects of the y-ray cascade and the HPGE detector efficiency were determined and corrected for

  12. Analysis of the sediments of the Julian Adame Alatorre dam by the INAA

    Its were taken eight samples of sediment of the Julian Adame Alatorre dam located in the Villanueva municipality, in the State of Zacatecas, Mexico; with the end of determining the presence of elements of anthropogenic origin, as well as the concentration of the same ones. It was used the Instrumental neutron activation analysis (AANI) with a flow of thermal neutrons of 8 x 1013 and 5 x 1013 n cm-2 s-1. With the purpose of determining the concentration of these elements at level of traces; finding presence of 32 elements among which its were find elements in greater concentrations and others at level of traces. Of these 32 elements, five of anthropogenic origin were identified which its were: Cr, Co, Zn, As and Mn; but that whose concentration is very low, in comparison with the one reported in other places of the world. In this work there are presented the obtained results of the elementary analysis of this samples. (Author)

  13. Elemental analysis of some traditional herbal blood tonics and pharmaceutical blood tonics using INAA

    Iron content and some essential trace elements in six traditional Ghanaian herbal blood tonics and four pharmaceutical blood tonics have been determined using Thermal and Epithermal Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (TINAA and EINAA). The samples were irradiated in one inner and one outer irradiation sites of the Ghana research reactor-1 (GHARR-1) operating at a thermal neutron flux of 5.0x1011. After irradiation, the samples were counted directly using an N-type high purity Germanium (HPGe) detector. The qualitative and quantitative determination was achieved using the gamma ray spectrum analysis software SPAN5.0. In all, 26 chemical elements were measured. In the liquid form, the pharmaceutical blood tonics have higher amount of Fe than the traditional herbal blood tonics. But the Fe content in traditional blood tonics compare favourably with the pharmaceutical tonics when freeze-dried. There were more essential elements in the herbal tonics than the pharmaceutical ones (author)

  14. Analysis of trace elements in human hair and organs by INAA

    Autopsy samples of hair, liver, lung and kidney-cortex from 11 normal Chinese subjects were collected and analysed for Cu, Br, Cl, Mn, Mg, Na, S, Ca, Cr, Fe, Co, Rb and Zn by instrumental neutron activation analysis. The analytical results obtained in this owrk were compared with those listed in the literatures of other countries. The technique had been checked for all the above-mentioned elements by the standard reference materials of horse kidney, human hair and tomato leaves. The resutls were in good agreement with the certified values. The detection limits in this work were calculated according to the criteria of Currie

  15. Elemental analysis of pottery from Cerro de las Ventanas, Zacatecas, by INAA

    Fifteen ceramic fragments samples from Cerro de las Ventanas site, Zacatecas, were analyzed by instrumental neutron activation analysis. Thirty-two elements were measured: Al, As, Ba, Ca, Ce, Co, Cr, Cs, Dy, Eu, Fe, Hf, K, La, Lu, Mn, Na, Nd, Rb, Sb, Sc, Sm, Sr, Ta, Tb, Ti, Th, U, V, Yb, Zn, and Zr. Cluster analysis and principal component analysis were performed on the dataset to examine similarities between samples and to establish compositional groups. The statistical analyses of the dataset suggest that the pottery samples form a unique chemically homogeneous group, with the exception of one pottery sample. The compositional data were compared to an existing Meso american ceramic database. It was found that the newly generated data fit best with data from a previous chemical analysis of pottery from the Mal paso Valley. However, despite the apparent similarity, pottery samples from the site of Cerro de las Ventanas represent a new and unique chemical fingerprint in the region. (Author)

  16. Elemental analysis of pottery from Cerro de las Ventanas, Zacatecas, by INAA

    Lopez del Rio, H.; Mireles G, F. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares, Calle Cipres No. 10, Fracc. La Penuela, 98068 Zacatecas (Mexico); Mendez C, R. Y. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Antropologia, Apdo. Postal 555 Suc. C, Zacatecas (Mexico); Nicolas C, M. [Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi, Coordinacion de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades, Av. Industrias 101-A, Fracc. Talleres, 78494 San Luis Potosi (Mexico); Speakman, R. J. [Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Institution, Suitland, 20746 Maryland (United States); Glascock, M. D. [Reactor Center, University of Missouri, Columbia, 65211 Missouri (United States)

    2009-10-15

    Fifteen ceramic fragments samples from Cerro de las Ventanas site, Zacatecas, were analyzed by instrumental neutron activation analysis. Thirty-two elements were measured: Al, As, Ba, Ca, Ce, Co, Cr, Cs, Dy, Eu, Fe, Hf, K, La, Lu, Mn, Na, Nd, Rb, Sb, Sc, Sm, Sr, Ta, Tb, Ti, Th, U, V, Yb, Zn, and Zr. Cluster analysis and principal component analysis were performed on the dataset to examine similarities between samples and to establish compositional groups. The statistical analyses of the dataset suggest that the pottery samples form a unique chemically homogeneous group, with the exception of one pottery sample. The compositional data were compared to an existing Meso american ceramic database. It was found that the newly generated data fit best with data from a previous chemical analysis of pottery from the Mal paso Valley. However, despite the apparent similarity, pottery samples from the site of Cerro de las Ventanas represent a new and unique chemical fingerprint in the region. (Author)

  17. Support system for Neutron Activation Analysis

    In the research reactor of JAERI, the Neutron Activation Analysis (NAA) has been utilized as a major part of an irradiation usage. To utilize NAA, research participants are always required to learn necessary technique. Therefore, we started to examine a support system that will enable to carry out INAA easily even by beginners. The system is composed of irradiation device, gamma-ray spectrometer and data analyzing instruments. The element concentration is calculated by using KAYZERO/SOLCOI software with the K0 standardization method. In this paper, we review on a construction of this INAA support system in JRR-3M of JAERI. (author)

  18. Practical procedure for method validation in INAA- A tutorial

    Petroni, Robson; Moreira, Edson G., E-mail: robsonpetroni@usp.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2015-07-01

    This paper describes the procedure employed by the Neutron Activation Laboratory at the Nuclear and Energy Research Institute (LAN, IPEN - CNEN/SP) for validation of Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) methods. According to recommendations of ISO/IEC 17025 the method performance characteristics (limit of detection, limit of quantification, trueness, repeatability, intermediate precision, reproducibility, selectivity, linearity and uncertainties budget) were outline in an easy, fast and convenient way. The paper presents step by step how to calculate the required method performance characteristics in a process of method validation, what are the procedures, adopted strategies and acceptance criteria for the results, that is, how to make a method validation in INAA. In order to exemplify the methodology applied, obtained results for the method validation of mass fraction determination of Co, Cr, Fe, Rb, Se and Zn in biological matrix samples, using an internal reference material of mussel tissue were presented. It was concluded that the methodology applied for validation of INAA methods is suitable, meeting all the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025, and thereby, generating satisfactory results for the studies carried at LAN, IPEN - CNEN/SP. (author)

  19. Practical procedure for method validation in INAA- A tutorial

    This paper describes the procedure employed by the Neutron Activation Laboratory at the Nuclear and Energy Research Institute (LAN, IPEN - CNEN/SP) for validation of Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) methods. According to recommendations of ISO/IEC 17025 the method performance characteristics (limit of detection, limit of quantification, trueness, repeatability, intermediate precision, reproducibility, selectivity, linearity and uncertainties budget) were outline in an easy, fast and convenient way. The paper presents step by step how to calculate the required method performance characteristics in a process of method validation, what are the procedures, adopted strategies and acceptance criteria for the results, that is, how to make a method validation in INAA. In order to exemplify the methodology applied, obtained results for the method validation of mass fraction determination of Co, Cr, Fe, Rb, Se and Zn in biological matrix samples, using an internal reference material of mussel tissue were presented. It was concluded that the methodology applied for validation of INAA methods is suitable, meeting all the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025, and thereby, generating satisfactory results for the studies carried at LAN, IPEN - CNEN/SP. (author)

  20. Elemental determinations in NBS 1633A Fly Ash Standard Reference material using INAA PGNAA

    Vogt, J.R.; Schlegel, S.C. (Missouri Univ., Columbia (USA). Research Reactor Facility)

    1985-02-01

    INAA was used for the determination of 23 elements, and prompt gamma neutron activation analysis (PGNAA) for the determination of 10 elements in U.S. National Bureau of Standards (NBS) 1633A Fly Ash Standard Reference Material. The results are in excellent agreement with the limited number of NBS certified values available.

  1. Determination of trace elements in cockle Anadara Granosa L. using INAA

    This study determines the trace metal content in Anadara Granosa L., a popular seafood amongst South-East-Asians. Using the technique of instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) identification has been made of the presence of 17 trace metals including elements which are classified as toxic (As, Br, Cs) and those which are rare-earths (Eu, Ce, Lu, Tb, Yb). (author)

  2. Instrumental neutron activation and x-ray analysis of kucukcekmece lake sediments

    Application of combined Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) and X-ray radiometric techniques for the determination of major and minor elements in environmental samples, for instance in the bottom sediments from Kucukcekmece lake have been developed. Experimental results of determination of 31 elements by INAA in 7 samples of bottom sediments have been obtain. The determination accuracy of such elements as Ca, Fe, Cu, Sr and Zr by X-ray analysis is higher than INAA, so this elements were determined by X-ray method

  3. Neutron activation analysis with k0-standardisation : general formalism and procedure

    Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) with k0-standardisation is a powerful tool for multi-element analysis at a broad range of trace element concentrations. An overview is given of the basic principles, fundamental equations, and general procedure of this method. Different aspects of the description of the neutron activation reaction rate are discussed, applying the Hogdahl convention. A general activation-decay formula is derived and its application to INAA is demonstrated. Relevant k0-definitions for different activation decay schemes are summarised and upgraded to cases of extremely high fluxes. The main standardisation techniques for INAA are discussed, emphasizing the k0-standardisation. Some general aspects of the basic equipment and its calibration are discussed, such as the characterisation of the neutron field and the tuning of the spectrometry part. A method for the prediction and optimisation of the analytical performance of INAA is presented

  4. Neutron activation analysis with k{sub 0}-standardisation : general formalism and procedure

    Pomme, S.; Hardeman, F. [Centre de l`Etude de l`Energie Nucleaire, Mol (Belgium); Robouch, P.; Etxebarria, N.; Arana, G. [European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Geel (Belgium)

    1997-09-01

    Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) with k{sub 0}-standardisation is a powerful tool for multi-element analysis at a broad range of trace element concentrations. An overview is given of the basic principles, fundamental equations, and general procedure of this method. Different aspects of the description of the neutron activation reaction rate are discussed, applying the Hogdahl convention. A general activation-decay formula is derived and its application to INAA is demonstrated. Relevant k{sub 0}-definitions for different activation decay schemes are summarised and upgraded to cases of extremely high fluxes. The main standardisation techniques for INAA are discussed, emphasizing the k{sub 0}-standardisation. Some general aspects of the basic equipment and its calibration are discussed, such as the characterisation of the neutron field and the tuning of the spectrometry part. A method for the prediction and optimisation of the analytical performance of INAA is presented.

  5. Determination of aluminium contents in selected food samples by instrumental neutron activation analysis

    Food and food products are the main sources of Aluminium entering the human body. In order to know aluminium contents in food and food products, selected 26 samples from local market were analyzed by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) using reactor neutrons and high resolution gamma-ray spectrometry. INAA using 1,779 keV γ-ray of 28Al (2.24 min) was used for aluminium concentrations in the range of 33-529 mg kg-1. Two NIST standard reference materials (SRMs) and two IAEA reference materials (RMs) were analyzed by INAA for quantification of aluminium as a part of method validation. (author)

  6. Combination of multielement technique (INAA and ICP-MS) for a French air pollution bio-monitoring survey using mosses

    This work presents the use of two trace analysis techniques through the data obtained for a significant part of the 557 mosses sampled in France. Sampling were made within the framework of European survey carried out in 1995-1996 and proposed by the Nordic Council. The analyses were produced with a combination of two multielement analysis techniques: INAA (Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis) and ICP-MS (Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry). Theses two techniques were suitable for trace analyses in mosses. They were clearly complementary and provided for 36 elements including the heavy metals of key interest in air pollution studies. The choice of the technique for a given element depended on the feasibility (e g. Pb is not attainable by INAA), the detection limit, the analytical variability, the preparation procedures and the concentration ranges (5-100 μg/g for Pb, 0.5-5 μg/g for As). INAA measured the total content in the sample, while ICP-MS demanded a mineralization procedure resulting in losses/contamination hazards. Thus, INAA results were preferred, although this technique was time consuming. However the ICP-MS results for Cd, Cu, Ni and Pb were retained, for different reasons: detection limits (Cd, Cu), no convenient INAA conditions (Ni), and feasibility (Pb). (authors)

  7. Characterization of the rhyolitic rocks from the Lela ore body using neutron activation analysis

    Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) is a well-known analytical method for nondestructive, sensitive and accurate determination of elemental composition of geological samples. In the present work twenty-two elements were determined by INAA in nine rhyolitic geological samples from a wolframium ore body Lela, located in the territory of Isla de la Juventud, Cuba. The obtained results are important for the preliminary geochemical evaluation of the studied rocks. (author)

  8. Instrumental neutron activation analysis of human hair and related radiotracer experiments on washing and leaching

    The work done under the IAEA-contract 2440/RB is summarized. The aim was to develop a fast and reliable system for the determination of tracer elements in human head hair by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) and radiotracer washing experiments. The standardized procedure for INAA was applied to hair samples collected by the Coronel Laboratory of the University of Amsterdam. The correlation between trace element contents is considered

  9. Instrumental neutron activation analysis, a valuable link in chemical metrology

    Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) is sufficiently versatile to establish a direct link to the amount of substance determined. The inherent quality parameters of INAA, such as being virtually free of blank, having fully accountable effects of matrix and physical form, and operating over a huge range of amounts, allows the comparison of a mole (or its fraction) of a pure element with the amount of substance in the sample analyzed with the same direct relationship as a beam balance provides. Indeed, varieties of this approach are in common use in INAA in the comparator methods of quantitation. To eliminate possible perturbations of the traceability chain as they may occur in common INAA practice, experimental measurements have been set up that only involve the fraction of a mole of the element(s) of interest in form of the pure element, compound or certified standard and the unknown sample. This principle has been used in INAA measurements for certification value assignment of high temperature alloy SRMs. To further demonstrate the performance parameters of INAA, we selected the determination of chromium in SRM 1152a Stainless Steel by direct non-destructive comparison with the pure metal in form of crystalline chromium. The measurements were validated with weighed aliquots of SRM 3112a dried on filter paper pellets. The experimental results do not show deviations beyond the uncertainties of the SRMs (≤ 0.2 % relative), and the assessment of the uncertainty budget indicates that expanded uncertainties of ≤ 0.3 % are achievable. The measurements demonstrate that INAA can meet the CCQM definition of a primary ratio method of analysis

  10. The Byzantine ceramics from Pergamon excavations. Characterization of local and imported productions by elementary analysis using PIXE and INAA methods and by petrography; Les ceramiques byzantines des fouilles de Pergame. Caracterisation des productions locales et importees par analyse elementaire par les methodes PIXE et INAA et par petrographie

    Waksman, S.Y.

    1995-01-12

    An important ceramics material dated back to the 12th-14th centuries has been excavated in Pergamon (Turkey). Among these findings, wasters, tripod stilts and unfinished ware attest to local production in the Byzantine period. Elemental analysis by the methods PIXE (Particle Induced X-ray Emission) and INAA (Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis) has been performed on a representative sampling of 160 sherds, including attested local material. Multivariate statistical techniques were used to classify the sherds into groups of similar composition and thus to distinguish ceramics made in Pergamon from imported wares. Several groups of local production have been constituted, which correspond to wares differing in date and fabric. The geochemical characterization of the pastes, complemented with petrographical and mineralogical data, shows that specific raw materials have been used to manufacture each ware. The analytical data related to ceramics made in Pergamon will serve as reference data for future provenance studies. Such reference groups of Byzantine ceramics are very rare, and therefore the ceramics imported into Pergamon cannot be attributed as to their origin. Among the ceramics widely diffused in the Byzantine world, some importations belonging to the ``fine sgraffito`` and ``Zeuxippus ware`` types have been identified. The latter type has been a source of stylistic influence for the workshops of Pergamon, since the analyses show that imitated ``Zeuxippus ware`` has been produced there. These imitations were probably themselves diffused on a regional scale. (author). 238 refs., 48 figs., 53 tabs., 22 photos., 8 appends.

  11. Trace element characterization of medieval and post-medieval glass objects by means of INAA and EPMA

    Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) was applied to create a database for minor and trace elements in medieval and post-medieval glassware in order to establish a methodology for estimating the origin of the glass objects. First, general characterization of glass types was done on the basis of the results obtained by the use of electron probe microanalysis (EPMA). Information received by the use of INAA provided the additional valuable data reflecting to some extent the method of preparation or the differentiation of various sources of certain raw materials. Several glass samples and a set of various reference glass materials were used for our experiments. (author)

  12. INAA of stone and iron meteorites

    A brief introduction into meteorites and the role of INAA in their investigation is presented. Tables include nuclear characteristics of some 'exotic' elements determined in iron meteorites by INAA, INAA of iron meteorites, and INAA of the 'moon' achondrite Al Qaryah Ash Sahrqiyah in Libya. (P.A.)

  13. Effect of sample matrix composition on INAA sample weights, measurement precisions, limits of detection, and optimum conditions

    The instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) Advance Prediction Computer Program (APCP) is extremely useful in guiding one to optimum subsequent experimental analyses of samples of all types of matrices. By taking into account the contributions to the cumulative Compton-continuum levels from all significant induced gamma-emitting radionuclides, it provides good INAA advance estimates of detectable photopeaks, measurement precisions, concentration lower limits of detection (LOD's) and optimum irradiation/decay/counting conditions - as well as of the very important maximum allowable sample size for each set of conditions calculated. The usefulness and importance of the four output parameters cited in the title are discussed using the INAA APCP outputs for NBS SRM-1632 Coal as the example

  14. Height-resolved large-sample INAA of a 1 m long, 13 cm diameter ditch-bottom sample

    A facility for instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) of large samples (up to 1 m long and 15 cm diameter) has been built. Correction methods for the simultaneous occurrence of neutron self-shielding and gamma-ray self-attenuation effects have been implemented and tested with a variety of samples. Now, the method has been extended to allow for the interpretation of scanned, collimated measurements, where results are obtained for individual voxels. As a validation and demonstration, a ditch-bottom sample of the maximum size was taken in a frozen condition. It was cut in 2 cm slices, still frozen, and put together again with each slice in a 2 cm height Petri dish divided in three sections. This allowed for verification of the results by ordinary INAA. Possible explanations for the discrepancies we observed between ordinary and large-sample INAA in the region where the concentration gradients are the steepest are discussed

  15. Height-resolved large-sample INAA of a 1 m long, 13 cm diameter ditch-bottom sample

    Blaauw, M.; Baas, H. W.; Donze, M.

    2003-06-01

    A facility for instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) of large samples (up to 1 m long and 15 cm diameter) has been built. Correction methods for the simultaneous occurrence of neutron self-shielding and gamma-ray self-attenuation effects have been implemented and tested with a variety of samples. Now, the method has been extended to allow for the interpretation of scanned, collimated measurements, where results are obtained for individual voxels. As a validation and demonstration, a ditch-bottom sample of the maximum size was taken in a frozen condition. It was cut in 2 cm slices, still frozen, and put together again with each slice in a 2 cm height Petri dish divided in three sections. This allowed for verification of the results by ordinary INAA. Possible explanations for the discrepancies we observed between ordinary and large-sample INAA in the region where the concentration gradients are the steepest are discussed.

  16. Analysis of selected fertilizers imported to Libya for major, minor, trace and toxic elements using ICP-OES and INAA

    The concentration of 35 elements (Al, As, B, Ba, Be, Ca, Cd, Co, Cl, Cr, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Mo, N, Na, Ni, P, Pb, Rb, S, Sb, Sc, Si, Sr, Tb, Th, Ti, U, V, Yb, Zn and Zr) in six different imported, NPK, NP and K fertilizers were determined by ICP-OES in two different laboratories and by INAA. The fertilizers were labeled as 24/12 (Belgium), 46/18 (Morocco), 50% ammonium sulfate 50% K2O (Belgium), New 24/12 (Belgium), 16.8.24 (France) and 17.17.17 (France). It is clear that these fertilizers vary widely in their heavy metals and uranium content, and the accumulation of certain elements in vitally important media such as water, soil and food is undesirable from the medical point of view. The results obtained were acceptable and intercomparison between various methods was carried out. (author)

  17. Base line levels of some minor and trace elements in human blood by INAA

    Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) is one of the most sensitive and precise techniques of trace analysis applicable to a variety of materials of geological, biological, environmental, archaeological and forensic origin. In the present work this techniques has been employed for the determination of fourteen elements in human whole blood of twenty male and female healthy individuals of different age groups. Data have been compared with literature values. (author)

  18. Neutron activation analysis of the MIBI, MAG-3 and sodium fitate active principles

    Neutron activation analysis (NAA) both instrumental (INAA) and radiochemical (RNAA) are extensively applied for determination of minor and trace elements in samples of quite different origin and composition. Particularly, the application of INAA is well recognized for analysis of microquantitis of heavy metals as well as toxic elements in biological samples. In this work the possibility of the determination of MIBI, MAG-3 and sodium fitate elemental composition by INAA was investigated Analytical information about the concentration and/or detection limits of some toxic elements (Hg, Cd, As, Se, Sb) and other trace elements of interest (Fe, Cr, Co, Zn, Br) was obtained. The samples were irradiated in the CAb Ra-6 nuclear research reactor

  19. Characterization of edible clay (multani mitti) using INAA (abstract)

    Multani Mitti is basically clay commonly used in cosmetics, medicines. It is also used for cleansing of body and hair and eating specially women (pregnant and lactating) and children. 16 Essential major, minor and trace elements (Ba, Co, Cr, Cs, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Mo, Na, Rb, Se Sr, Ti, V and Zn) have been determined in Multani Mitti (MM) clay using instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) technique were studied in collected clay samples from Rakhi Gaj located 40 Km from D. G. Khan, Pakistan. These samples were analyzed by Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) to detect the elemental hazard assessment. Radioassay schemes for three sets of elements after neutron irradiation and cooling were evolved to avoid matrix effects. The composition of MM clay shows major elements in descending order as Fe > K > Mg > Na > Mn > Zn > V > Rb > Cr >Ba followed by minor elements as Sr >Co > Cs with trace levels of Se. Data have been compared with clays available in literature globally. Intakes of essential elements were calculated for pregnant, lactating women and children. Intakes were found comparable to WHO levels except Fe and Cr. Risk assessment was measured using mathematical model. The quality assurance of data was performed using Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) of a similar matrix (IAEA Lake sediment SL-1 and IAEA Soil S-7). (author)

  20. Isotope identification of Langkawi black sand using neutron activation analysis

    The Langkawi black sand has been analyzed using the method of neutron activation analysis (INAA). A total of 22 elements have been detected. Elements such as Mn, Cu, Cr, U and Th occur in high concentration. Prospect for future mineralization of these elements may be of economic interest. (author) 9 refs.; 1 tab

  1. INAA of enamel and dentine samples of a group of children and adults. A comparative study

    Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) was applied to determine Ca, Cl, Mg, Mn, Na, Sr and Zn in dentine and enamel tissues from human permanent and deciduous teeth. Comparisons were made between the results obtained in these different dental tissues as well as those obtained in permanent and deciduous teeth. The findings obtained were also compared with the published data. The accuracy and the precision of the results were evaluated by analyzing certified reference material. (author)

  2. Development of prompt gamma activation analysis

    Application of prompt gamma-activation analysis to some environmental samples and NBS's standard reference materials were examined, using NBS reactor and the technique developed by the nuclear chemistry group of the University of Maryland. Concentration of several elements, Cd, B, S, Se, Sb, Zn, Ba, Cr, Cs, Co, Si, Hf, Ce, Yb, Lu, Th, Sc, Eu, Fe, Ta and Rb, were determined by both PGAA and INAA. (author)

  3. INAA of polyacrylic hydrogels of pharmaceutical grade

    Polyacrylic acid (PA) and its salts are promising biomaterials used in the pharmaceutical industry. They could be used as pharmaceutical additives, as a burn dressing and also in the slow released implants or trans-derma patch formulations. Polyacrylic acid of pharmaceutical grade can be obtained by gamma irradiation polymerization. The influence of the raw materials and of the technological procedure on the final product purity has been investigated by Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) method. The following materials have been analyzed by INAA: 1) acrylic acid of technical grade; 2) acrylic acid purified by double crystallisation; 3) NaOH of analytical grade; 4) CaCl-2·6H2O of pharmaceutical grade; 5) CaCl2·2H2O of analytical grade; 6) granulated PANa; 7) ungranulated PANa; 8) ungranulated PANaCa; 9) PANaCa granulated by milling in IFIN-HH using the mill nr. 1; 10) PANaCa granulated by milling in Institute of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research (ICPR); 11) PANaCa granulated by milling in IFIN-HH using the mill nr. 2. The first five samples, marked from 1 to 5, are raw materials and the other six samples, marked from 6 to 11, are the final polyacrylic structures processed by various technological procedures. The samples together with the appropriate reference materials have been irradiated at WWR-S reactor in a neutron flux of 2.5·1012 cm-2s-1 and the induced radioactivity was registered by a HPGe detector (EG/G ORTEC) of 30% efficiency and 2.1 keV resolution. The concentrations of As, Br, Ce, Co, Cr, Fe, La, Sb, Sc, Zn have been determined. For the final polyacrylic structures, except for granulated PANa (sample 6), only the elements Co, Cr, Fe, Sc, Zn were found at the following concentration levels: tens of ppm (Co), ppm (Zn), hundreds of ppb (Cr), tens of ppb (Co), ppb (Co, Sc), 10-1 ppb (Sc). In the granulated PANa, in comparison with the other analyzed final products, similar concentration values were found for Fe, Sc and Zn, higher values

  4. Use of INAA, PGAA, and RNAA to determine 30 elements for certification of an SRM

    Analyses for certification have been made for the determination of 30 elements in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Tomato Leaves renewal reference material, SRM 1573a. Three of the analytical techniques used were instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA), radiochemical neutron activation analysis (RNAA), and prompt gamma activation analysis (PGAA). These techniques provided data on 19 elements by INAA, 10 elements by PGAA, and 7 elements by RNAA, with some overlap between techniques. For example, INAA was able to obtain overall analytical uncertainties (at the 95 % confidence level) averaging ± 2.2 % for major and minor constituents (Ca, Mg, K), ± 3.3 % for constituents from 1 to 1000 μg/g (Na, Fe, Al, Mn, Ba, Zn, Rb, La, Cr), and ± 6.4 % for elements between 10 and 1000 ng/g (Co, V, Se, Th, Sc, Sb), using sample dry weights of approximately 150 mg. These analyses represent the most extensive use to date of nuclear analytical techniques in the certification of a trace element SRM at NIST. (author) 6 refs.; 3 tabs

  5. INAA for the validation of chromium and copper determination in copper chromite by infrared spectrometry

    Composite solid propellants have been used as fuel in the propulsion of rockets. Transition metal oxides such as copper chromite (CuCr2O4) are important catalysts added to the propellants to increase the combustion rates. The content of Cu in samples of copper chromite is normally determined by electrogravimetry and the content of Cr by volumetry. Considering that the content of Cu is important for the determination of the catalytic activity of copper chromite and that electrogravimetry and volumetry are very laborious and time consuming, Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) was implemented as an alternative fast method in the Aerospace Technical Center (CTA, Brazil). Here, instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA), as an independent technique of high metrological level, was employed to validate Cr and Cu determination by FT-IR. The results from FT-IR were comparable to those determined by INAA. (author)

  6. Use of INAA, AAS and XRF in studying health impacts of toxic elements consumed through foodstuffs contaminated by industrial activities in Russia

    The current economic situation in Russia results in that vegetables and plants grown in private small-holdings account for over 50% of the population's diet. In some regions of Russia (Ural, Altai) mining and metallurgical works remain the sole economic factor of existence and development despite the obvious damage to the environment through contamination with heavy and toxic metals. Crop rotation is actively being extended to the land immediately bordering on the zones of industrial enterprises within the range of 1-5 km. This land has been affected by waste discharged from the enterprises for many years. The cultivated soil may contain high gross concentrations of toxic elements. Problems of contamination of natural media with toxic metals (As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Hg, Ni, Pb, Zn, etc) has not been systematized in Russia on the state level so far. The monitoring strategy for Belovo lead-zinc enterprise in Kemerovo Region of West Siberia, Gus Khrustalny in Vladimir Region, and Voskresensk in Moscow Region of Central Russia is discussed as well as analytical methods to be used (INAA, AAS and XRF). Examples from the previous experience of the authors are given. (author)

  7. INAA of trace elements in biological materials using the SLOWPOKE-2 reactor in Jamaica

    The biological standard reference materials Orchard Leaves SRM 1571 and Oyster Tissue SRM 1566a was analyzed by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) at the International Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences, Jamaica at (ICEN) and at the Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN-CNEN/SP), Brazil. The comparison of the results with those obtained with the more powerful reactor are used to evaluate the possibilities of INAA for the analysis of biological samples at ICENS. The detection limits, the precision and accuracy of the results obtained in both laboratories are compared. The advantages and disadvantages of the different irradiation facilities are discussed. Some results obtained for Jamaican biological samples are also presented. (author)

  8. Classification of archaeologically stratified pumice by INAA

    In the framework of the research program 'Synchronization of Civilization in the Eastern Mediterranean Region in the 2nd Millenium B.C.' instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) was used to determine 30 elements in pumice from archaeological excavations to reveal their specific volcanic origin. The widespread pumiceous products of several eruptions in the Aegean region were used as abrasive tools and were therefore popular trade objects. A remarkable quantity of pumice and pumiceous tephra (several km3) was produced by the 'Minoan eruption' of Thera (Santorini), which is assumed to have happened between 1450 and 1650 B.C. Thus the discovery of the primary fallout of 'Minoan' tephra in archaeologically stratified locations can be used as a relative time mark. Additionally, pumice lumps used as abrasive can serve for dating by first appearance. Essential to an identification of the primary volcanic source is the knowledge that pumices from the Aegean region can easily be distinguished by their trace element distribution patterns, as previous work has shown. The elements Al, Ba, Ca, Ce, Co, Cr, Cs, Dy, Eu, Fe, Hf, K, La, Lu, Mn, Na, Nd, Rb, Sb, Sc, Sm, Ta, Tb, Th, Ti, U, V, Yb, Zn and Zr were determined in 16 samples of pumice lumps from excavations in Tell-el-Dab'a and Tell-el-Herr (Egypt). Two irradiation cycles and five measurement runs were applied. A reliable identification of the samples is achieved by comparing these results to the database compiled in previous studies. (author)

  9. Limits of detection in instrumental neutron activation analysis

    Lower limits of detection (LLODs), frequently referred to simply as limits of detection and abbreviated as LODs, often appear in the literature of analytical chemistry - for numerous different methods of elemental and/or molecular analysis. In this chapter, one particular method of quantitative elemental analysis, that of instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA), is the subject discussed, with reference to LODs. Particularly in the literature of neutron activation analysis (NAA), many tables of 'interference-free' NAA LODs are available. Not all of these are of much use, because (1) for many the definition used for LOD is not clear, or reasonable, (2) for many, the analysis conditions used are not clearly specified, and (3) for many, the analysis conditions used are specified, but not very practicable for most laboratories. For NAA work, such tables of interference-free LODs are, in any case, only applicable to samples in which, at the time of counting, only one radionuclide is present to any significant extent in the activated sample. It is important to note that tables of INAA LODs, per se, do not exist - since the LOD for a given element, under stated analysis conditions, can vary by orders of magnitude, depending on the elemental composition of the matrix in which it is present. For any given element, its INAA LOD will always be as large as, and usually much larger than, its tabulated 'interference-free' NAA LOD - how much larger depending upon the elemental composition of the matrix in which it is present. As discussed in this chapter, however, an INAA computer program exists that can calculate realistic INAA LODs for any elements of interest, in any kind of specified sample matrix, under any given set of analysis conditions

  10. INAA characterization of colonial pottery from old havana collections

    Since 1990, the Archaeology in Cuba has relied on a very limited analytic capacity, mainly for lacking in resources and of technical basis. The works performed to study ceramic artifacts related with different archaeological contexts have been carried out basically by their morphology, style features, techniques of elaboration, texture or other properties. The aim of the Research Project CUB9397/RB consisted on the application of the Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA), as the more frequently used analytic technique for the study of chemical composition in ceramic objects during the last years, in some of the Archaeological researches that are presently in course in Cuba. Some of the commonly found colonial pottery types were analyzed by INAA in order to establish compositional models. Two major types of ceramic ware conformed the main research interests during the first stage of the research on Colonial pottery: the first, samples classified as belonging to several Majolica styles of Spanish and Mexican provenance; and the second type included samples of ordinary pottery that indicated an the presence in Havana of a starting local manufacture trying to follow Spanish traditions

  11. k0-INAA performance in the measurement of filters sampled in an industry with high loadings of metals

    Foundry industry has important environmental and occupational health impacts. More information is needed to properly assess occupational health risks presented by this industrial sector. This works aims at (1) characterizing the workers exposure to particulate matter in the foundry industry using k0-Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (k0-INAA) and Particle-Induced X-Ray Emission (PIXE) and (2) identifying some weakness of the k0-INAA technique when high concentrations of particulate matter and metals are involved. Filters were collected in a foundry industry which processes Pb and were analysed by k0-INAA and PIXE. In INAA, the incomplete deposition of gamma-rays in the germanium crystal due to Compton scattering elevated the spectra baseline, thus increased the background, and hindered the identification of some photopeaks. The problem was particularly important due to the high Sb contents existing in the sampled filters. The application of the Compton Suppression System for the analysis of these filters was successfully used in order to ascertain potential improvements on the detection limits for Zn and Fe. Results obtained showed that in this foundry industry workers were exposed to high concentrations of Pb, Sb, Fe, Sn, As, Ni, Br, Na and Cl.

  12. Determination of trace and toxic elements in Koran rice CRM by INAA, ICP and AAS

    Trace and toxic elements in Certified Reference Material (CRM) made of Korean rice at the Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science have been analyzed by Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA). Data intercomparison from the measurement with those of Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS) and Induced Coupled Plasma Spectrometry (ICPS) has been studied. The powdered samples were sterilized at 1.5 x 106 rad in the bottles using a 60Co source after sieving and spiking to specific elements such as As, Cd, Cr, Cu and Hg and then the homogeneity of samples was assessed. Rice flour (SRM 1568a) and standard solutions made by the National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST) were used to construct the calibration curves for the INAA and the chemical methods, respectively. The uncertainties and concentration of constituent elements were determined and the possibility of their use for analytical quality control was considered. (author)

  13. Comparison between two INAA methods applied to chemical characterization of ancient ceramics

    Two different instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) methods were applied to characterize chemically 74 ceramic roof tile samples, found in the town of Pella, Greece and dated back to the Hellenistic Period (3rd century B.C.). The samples were first analyzed for 17 elements with a 4 hour irradiation and two counts and then re-analyzed for 9 elements with a 1 minute irradiation and two counts of short-lived radioisotopes. The results of both methods were very similar, showing the validity of the rapid INAA method (1 min irradiation) in the study of ancient ceramics. All samples were divided into 4 chemical groups, each one representing a different tiling. (author) 11 refs.; 2 figs.; 3 tabs

  14. A Significant Contribution of INAA in Autoradiography for Elemental Profile Construction

    Khaweerat, Sasiphan; Ratanatongchai, Wichian; Channuie, Jatechan

    Autoradiography has been carried out occasionally at the out-of-pool neutron radiography (NR) facility of the Thai Research Reactor-1/M1 for more than a decade. Because of low and uncertain neutron flux at exposure position, the technique is not well recognized. The first attempt to conduct neutron activation autoradiography (NAAR) using in-pool irradiation facility was initiated in Thailand in early 2014. The technique combines fundamental concepts of instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) and autoradiography to fulfil their limitations. The elemental composition obtained from INAA, however, is for the whole sample and it is not possible to map specific location of particular elements. Autoradiography, on the other hand, provides visual images without elemental information. Here, a near triangle of 1.5 cm x 3.0 cm metal Buddha image was irradiated using the in-pool dry irradiation facility. Irradiation times were 10 seconds and 15 minutes and decay times were varied. In parallel to elemental analysis, the irradiated sample was placed in good contact with an imaging plate to record self- emitting radiation. At a condition of irradiation, autoradiographic image and elemental appearances in INAA spectrum were compared. The structural profile in complementary with elemental information will help address questions regarding provenance, manufacturing technology, traditional beliefs which can be further applied to conservation methodology and authenticity approval.

  15. Application of INAA complementary gamma ray photopeaks to homogeneity study of candidate reference materials

    Characterization and certification of reference materials, RMs, is a complex task involving many steps. One of them is the homogeneity testing to assure that key property values will not present variation among RM bottles. Good precision is the most important figure of merit of an analytical technique to allow it to be used in the homogeneity testing of candidate RMs. Due to its inherent characteristics, Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis, INAA, is an analytical technique of choice for homogeneity testing. Problems with sample digestion and contamination from reagents are not an issue in INAA, as solid samples are analyzed directly. For element determination via INAA, the activity of a suitable gamma ray decay photopeak for an element is chosen and it is compared to the activity of a standard of the element. An interesting possibility is the use of complementary gamma ray photopeaks (for the elements that present them) to confirm the homogeneity test results for an element. In this study, an investigation of the use of the complementary gamma ray photopeaks of 110mAg, 82Br, 60Co, 134Cs, 152Eu, 59Fe, 140La, 233Pa (for Th determination), 46Sc and 75Se radionuclides was undertaken in the between bottle homogeneity study of a mussel candidate RM under preparation at IPEN - CNEN/SP. Although some photopeaks led to biased element content results, the use of complementary gamma ray photopeaks proved to be helpful in supporting homogeneity study conclusions of new RMs. (author)

  16. Large sample neutron activation analysis of a ceramic vase

    Stamatelatos, I.E.; Tzika, F.; Vasilopoulou, T.; Koster-Ammerlaan, M.J.J.

    2010-01-01

    Large Sample Neutron Activation Analysis (LSNAA) was applied to perform non-destructive elemental analysis of a ceramic vase. Appropriate neutron self-shielding and gamma ray detection efficiency calibration factors were derived using Monte Carlo code MCNP5. The results of LSNAA were compared against Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) results and a satisfactory agreement between the two methods was observed. The ratio of derived concentrations between the two methods was within 0...

  17. The study of ancient porcelain of Hutian kiln site from Five dynasty (902-979) to Ming dynasty (1368-1644) by INAA

    Minor and trace elements of 398 pieces of ancient porcelain of Hutian kiln site from Five dynasty (AD 902-979) to Ming dynasty (AD 1368-1644) were determined by instrumental neutron activate analysis (INAA). The data of INAA and PCA show the ages of all the porcelain can be divided into Five dynasty, Northern Song dynasty, Southern Song dynasty, Early Yuan dynasty, Later Yuan dynasty and Ming dynasty according to their chemical compositions. Moreover, some archaeological questions about the ancient porcelain are discussion also. (author)

  18. Instrumental neutron activation analysis of carbonatites from Panda Hill and Oldoinyo-Lengai, Tanzania

    Twenty nine (major and trace) elements including nine rare earth elements (REE) in African carbonatite samples were determined by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). The geochemical behavior of trace elements in carbonatites, especially REE pattern (chondrite normalized), and the efficiency of neutron activation analysis compared to other methods are discussed in this study. (author)

  19. The holistic analysis of gamma-ray spectra in instrumental neutron activation analysis

    The subject is the computerized analysis of the gamma-ray spectra in INAA. This analysis can be separated in three parts: The conversion of the spectra to information on γ-ray energies and their relative intensities (spectrum reduction), the determination of the relation between the intensity of a γ-ray and the amount of the corresponding element present in the sample (standardization) and the attribution of the γ-ray energies to the elements, including the subsequent computation of the amounts of the elements (interpretation). A γ-ray spectrum can be considered to be the linear sum of the γ-ray spectra of the individual radionuclides present in the sample. Knowing the relative activities of the different radionuclides that may be produced by activation of a single element, a γ-ray spectrum in INAA can also be considered to be the linear sum of the spectra of the elements. This principle has hitherto not been used in INAA to analyze the spectra by linear least squares methods, using all γ-ray energies observed in the spectrum. The implementation of this 'holistic' approach required that attention be paid to both spectrum reduction, standardization and interpretation. The thesis describes the methods developed for the holistic analysis of γ-ray spectra in INAA, and present results of experimental comparisons between the holistic and other approaches. (orig./HP)

  20. The holistic analysis of gamma-ray spectra in instrumental neutron activation analysis

    Blaauw, M.

    1993-11-15

    The subject is the computerized analysis of the gamma-ray spectra in INAA. This analysis can be separated in three parts: The conversion of the spectra to information on {gamma}-ray energies and their relative intensities (spectrum reduction), the determination of the relation between the intensity of a {gamma}-ray and the amount of the corresponding element present in the sample (standardization) and the attribution of the {gamma}-ray energies to the elements, including the subsequent computation of the amounts of the elements (interpretation). A {gamma}-ray spectrum can be considered to be the linear sum of the {gamma}-ray spectra of the individual radionuclides present in the sample. Knowing the relative activities of the different radionuclides that may be produced by activation of a single element, a {gamma}-ray spectrum in INAA can also be considered to be the linear sum of the spectra of the elements. This principle has hitherto not been used in INAA to analyze the spectra by linear least squares methods, using all {gamma}-ray energies observed in the spectrum. The implementation of this `holistic` approach required that attention be paid to both spectrum reduction, standardization and interpretation. The thesis describes the methods developed for the holistic analysis of {gamma}-ray spectra in INAA, and present results of experimental comparisons between the holistic and other approaches. (orig./HP).

  1. Classification of majolica pottery from colonial Havana on the basis of INAA

    Fragments of pottery from the collections of Havana museums, corresponding to the Spanish colonial period (1600-1900 A.D.), were analysed by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). Analysis of the results for the concentrations of 18 chemical elements was performed using principal component analysis (PCA) to reduce the data space size. Application of the Davis discriminant analysis procedure helped to define the chemical paste compositional reference units. For the final results, typological characterization of the colonial majolica pottery was complemented and enhanced. (author)

  2. INAA of archaeological reference sample ancint ceramic KPS-1

    A typical pottery sample has been prepared by mixing unearthed potshards from Song, Yuan and Ming dynasties in certain proportion. The potshards sample are cleaned, dried, ground and sieved, and 200 mesh powder is selected. The powdered sample is dried again before being sealed in polyethylene bottles. The sample is analysed for 24 elements (Sm, Ce, Lu, Yb, Nd, La, Tb, Eu, U, Th, Hf, As, Cs, Sb, Sc, Rb, Cr, Zn, Ta, Co, Ba, Fe, Na and K) by instrumentation neutron activation analysis (INAA) and K0 method. As a control for accuracy, standard reference materials SRM 1632a, BCR-1, GXR-4 and JG-1 are analysed. The agreement between our results and literature values is satisfactory

  3. Speciation of titanium in solvent refined coal using SESC - INAA

    The preasphaltenes (Pa) separated from solvent refined coal (SRC-I) were fractionated by sequential elution solvent chromatography (SESC) on silica column into 10 fractions. Titanium was determined by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA), and was found to be concentrated in fractions 7-10. The preasphaltenes form stable complexes with bis (cyclopentadienyl) titanium(IV) dichloride (BTD), cyclopentadienyl titanium(IV) trichloride (CTT) and titanium(IV) oxide bis (acetylacetone) (TOBA). Preasphaltene titanium complexes (Pa-BTD, Pa-CTT, and Pa-TOBA) were fractionated using the SESC scheme, and the concentration of titanium in each fraction was determined. The mechanism for the reaction between titanium complexes (BTD, CTT or TOBA) and Pa was studied, and the existence of titanium phenoxide type complexes in SRC-I was proposed

  4. Optimization and validation of instrumental neutron activation analysis for the determination of elemental contents in a human serum

    Human serum has a complicated chemical composition and contains large amounts of proteins and dissolved salts. Many studies have been conducted to identify the relationship between the level of the trace elemental concentration in serum and human diseases. For the determination of the trace elements in serum, various sensitive analytical methods such as an inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy, total reflection X-ray fluorescence and inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy have been applied. This study was executed to establish an optimum condition of instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) for the determination of elemental contents is a human serum sample and to validate analytical results by INAA. For this purpose, INAA for actual human serum and NIST SRM 1598a-Animal Serum was carried out and the analytical data was evaluated in terms of accuracy, precision and detection limits. INAA for actual human serum and NIST SRM 1598a-Animal Serum was performed to establish an optimum condition for the determination of elemental contents in a human serum sample and to validate INAA method. 12 elements were determined and the analytical results were evaluated in terms of accuracy, gamma-ray measurement uncertainty and detection limits. In this study, it is shown that 7 elements such as Co, Fe, Na, Rb, Sb, Se and Zn in a serum sample can be determined reliably by INAA

  5. INAA and DNAA for uranium determination in geological samples from Egypt

    El-Taher, A. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Al-Azher University, Assuit Branch, 71542 Assuit (Egypt)], E-mail: Atef_Eltaher@hotmail.com

    2010-06-15

    Uranium isotopes found in soil, rock, water, plants, air, etc., contribute to the natural radiation exposure of the population. U concentrations in some Egyptian environmental samples like Toshki soil, Aswan iron-ore, and phosphate samples from El-Sibayia in the Nile Valley and El-Quseir in the Red Sea coast were determined using instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) and delayed neutron activation analysis (DNAA) in the Mainz TRIGA research reactor. The results showed that the phosphate rocks are rich natural sources of uranium among the other minerals forming the earth crust.

  6. INAA and DNAA for uranium determination in geological samples from Egypt.

    El-Taher, A

    2010-06-01

    Uranium isotopes found in soil, rock, water, plants, air, etc., contribute to the natural radiation exposure of the population. U concentrations in some Egyptian environmental samples like Toshki soil, Aswan iron-ore, and phosphate samples from El-Sibayia in the Nile Valley and El-Quseir in the Red Sea coast were determined using instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) and delayed neutron activation analysis (DNAA) in the Mainz TRIGA research reactor. The results showed that the phosphate rocks are rich natural sources of uranium among the other minerals forming the earth crust. PMID:20185320

  7. Analysis of inorganic elements in biological samples of C57BL/6J mouse strain using INAA

    Metairon, Sabrina; Zamboni, Cibele B.; Suzuki, Miriam F.; Kovacs, Luciana, E-mail: metairon@usp.br, E-mail: czamboni@ipen.br, E-mail: mfsuzuki@ipen.br, E-mail: lukovacs@gmail.com [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Bueno Junior, Carlos R., E-mail: carmao11@yahoo.com.br [Universidade de Sao Paulo (IB/USP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Instituto de Biociencias. Centro de Estudos do Genoma Humano

    2013-07-01

    The research for new medicine, vaccines and other products of interest in health area, for any disease, requires several in vivo tests using animal models on experiments for clinical analysis of actions in organism, focusing on the relation between these and the responses or reactions to their use, allowing or not their use in human being. The present investigation deals with the determination of elements concentration (Ca, Cl, K, Mg and Na) of clinical relevance in kidney and liver of C57BL/6J mice strain using the Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis technique. Particularly, the C57BL/6J strain is one of the most widely used mice genetically modified for human disease studies. The biological samples were collected from 2 month old adult mice bred in the Biotherium (animal breeding) of UNIFESP (Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brasil) and at Human Genome Research Center (University of Sao Paulo, Brasil) and Biotechnology Center (IPEN, Sao Paulo, Brasil). The measurements were performed in the nuclear reactor IEA-R1 (3.5-4.5MW, pool type) at IPEN. These data will allow researchers to optimize their studies, both in terms of cost and time, by knowing the basal reference values in blood and organs of this strain. Additionally, this analytical procedure meets the needs of the world tendency that emphasizes the requirements to propose alternative methods for clinical research that contribute to animal welfare. (author)

  8. Analysis of inorganic elements in biological samples of C57BL/6J mouse strain using INAA

    The research for new medicine, vaccines and other products of interest in health area, for any disease, requires several in vivo tests using animal models on experiments for clinical analysis of actions in organism, focusing on the relation between these and the responses or reactions to their use, allowing or not their use in human being. The present investigation deals with the determination of elements concentration (Ca, Cl, K, Mg and Na) of clinical relevance in kidney and liver of C57BL/6J mice strain using the Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis technique. Particularly, the C57BL/6J strain is one of the most widely used mice genetically modified for human disease studies. The biological samples were collected from 2 month old adult mice bred in the Biotherium (animal breeding) of UNIFESP (Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brasil) and at Human Genome Research Center (University of Sao Paulo, Brasil) and Biotechnology Center (IPEN, Sao Paulo, Brasil). The measurements were performed in the nuclear reactor IEA-R1 (3.5-4.5MW, pool type) at IPEN. These data will allow researchers to optimize their studies, both in terms of cost and time, by knowing the basal reference values in blood and organs of this strain. Additionally, this analytical procedure meets the needs of the world tendency that emphasizes the requirements to propose alternative methods for clinical research that contribute to animal welfare. (author)

  9. Activation analysis in the Americas: recent and future perspectives

    A total of 243 publications in the field of nuclear activation analysis and its applications during the period of 1977 through mid-1983, from laboratories in North, Central, and South America were reviewed. Various aspects of these populations are treated statistically, for indication of trends, and 146 of these are cited as publications that illustrate the extent of usage of various special forms of the nuclear activation analysis method (e.g., cyclic INAA, prompt-gamma INAA, epithermal NAA, the delayed-neutron method, the use of pre-irradiation chemical separations, etc.) - or that illustrate applications in such fields as archaeology, geochemistry, environmental chemistry, medicine, industry, and forensic chemistry. The overall conclusion is that the method of nuclear activation analysis continues to flourish in this region

  10. Trace elements analysis of crops and vegetables grown around industrial areas of Faisalabad and Gujranwala cities using INAA and AAS

    Industrial effluents pollution is a source of risk to the health of people living in industrial cities of Pakistan. Most of the untreated effluents are discharged to the nearby agricultural fields that pollutes the vegetation grown in such soil. A majority of the industries are not equipped with suitable recycling and effluent treatment plants. Consequently, toxic metals enter our food chain and results in significant health risks and serious diseases. In order to evaluate the concentration of toxic metals (namely As, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Mn, Ni, Pb, Sb and Se), in crops and vegetable samples collected from the irrigated areas of Faisalabad and Gujranwala regions. Neutron activation analysis (NAA) and atomic absorption spectrometric (AAS) techniques have been used. All the observed metal concentrations were higher than the reported literature values. Moreover, the highest values of toxic metals of As (0.44 +- .03 mu g/g) and Co (0.5 +- 0.01 mu g/g), Mn (45.3 +- 2.0 mu g/g) and Sb (0.1 +- 0.01 mu g/g), Se (1.28 +- 0.06 mug/g) and Pb (3.84 +- 0.27 mu g/g) were found in tomato, bitter gourd and rice samples respectively. (author)

  11. Using instrumental neutron activation analysis to study the elemental distribution in Turangi Swamp, New Zealand

    Peat and sediment samples were collected in Turangi Swamp, North Island, New Zealand, and analysed by Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) and X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF). Variations in elemental distribution are used to distinguish between a short-term anthropogenic influence and a long-term natural impact. Discharge of sewage effluent has resulted in elevated zinc concentrations in the surface sediment near the point of effluent inflow into the wetland. Increased arsenic, bromine and antimony concentrations are attributed to seepage of groundwater originating in the nearby Tokaanu-Waihi geothermal field, and are found in particular on the western side of the wetland. Due to its sensitivity, INAA was useful to determine the subtle changes in Br and Sb concentrations, which could not be detected by XRF. Analysis of the ashed residue by INAA shows that As and Zn are mostly associated with the inorganic fraction, whereas Br has a strong organic affinity. (authors)

  12. Use of activation analysis of hair in environmental protection

    Human hair is very suitable for use in environmental control monitoring because trace elements concentrate in it at higher levels than in most other organs. Unlike in other biological materials, the trace element contents in hair can be determined by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA), as the interference by 24Na can be eliminated by appropriate washing of hair, e.g., using the procedure recommended by IAEA. The methods of sampling, washing and sample analysis using INAA and neutron activation analysis with radiochemical separation are described including the recommended way of the presentation of results. The results are presented of analyses for trace elements in hair from both little and highly polluted areas. (Ha)

  13. Study on water-sediment interaction in samples from Rio das Velhas - Minas Gerais State - Brazil using instrumental neutron activation analysis, and argon plasma coupled mass spectroscopy; Estudo da interacao agua-sedimento em amostras do Rio das Velhas - MG utilizando os metodos: analise por ativacao neutronica instrumental (INAA) e espectrometria de massa acoplada a um plasma de argonio (ICP-MS)

    Veado, Maria Adelaide R.V.; Oliveira, Arno H. de [Minas Gerais Univ., Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia Nuclear; Revel, G.; Pinte, G. [CEA Centre d`Etudes Nucleaires de Saclay, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France). Lab. d`Analyse par Activation Pierre Sue; Toulhoat, P. [CEA Centre d`Etudes Nucleaires de Saclay, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France). Unite Mixte de Recherche Analyse et Environnement

    1999-11-01

    Sorption of the metallic elements in aqueous solutions in surface of the hydroxides affects the transport of heavy elements in the freshwaters. Sorption and the chemistry of the hydroxides are important studies for knowledge in geology, waters and waste treatment, and environment studies. In the industrial mining region areas, the river surface waters are subject to modifications in its physical and chemistries properties: pH, DBO, conductivity and alkalinity. Instrumental neutron activation analysis and inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), have ben used for the determination of toxic heavy metals and others pollutants in the Das Velhas river in State of Minas Gerais, in south-east Brazil. Water samples were collected with acidification on site, which provoked a change of its natural pH. Consequently, metallic elements associated to hydroxides and to particles in suspension were liberated. The objective of this paper is to show the different behavior of any elements, in water of Das Velhas river, with relation of its chemical forms (cations or anions), the solubility degree, the pH and the presence of rare earth elements. (author) 11 refs., 10 figs.; e-mail: adelaide at nuclear.ufmg.br; heeren at nuclear.ufmg.br; grevel at drecam.cea.fr; pierre.toulhoat at cea.fr

  14. Recent developments in environmental research using neutron activation analysis

    In studies of the origin and fates of trace elements, it is advantageous to be able to analyze samples for a wide spectrum of elements with a high sensitivity and accuracy. This condition is best satisfied with instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA), since it is one of the most sensitive, selective, and reliable multielement analysis techniques available. In spite of these advantages in environmental studies, use of the technique has been generally limited to aerosol and source material analysis. Over the last few years, the trace analysis and radiochemistry group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Nuclear Reactor Laboratory has applied INAA to various environmental samples for methodology development and/or to provide more information on some important environmental processes. Some examples of these studies are provided in this paper

  15. Instrumental neutron activation analysis for the certification of biological reference materials

    A multielemental instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) method by short and long irradiation has been employed for the determination of 22 minor and trace constituents in two proposed Standard Reference Materials P-RBF and P-WBF from Institute of Radioecology and Applied Nuclear Techniques, Czechoslovakia. Also some biological standards such as Bowen's Kale, Cabbage leaves (Poland) including wheat and rice flour samples of local origin were analysed. It is suggested that INAA is an ideal method for the certification of reference materials of biological matrices. (author). 7 refs., 1 tab

  16. Application of neutron activation analysis to micro gram scale of solid samples

    An instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) procedure for analyzing extremely small samples was developed and applied to two kinds of extraterrestrial samples. A few mg of the Allende meteorite as well as the JB-1 basalt can work well as a reference sample for a relative method. To evaluate the applicability of this INAA procedure, detection limits are presented and compared with the elemental contents in a potential sample to be analyzed. The possibility of reuse of neutron-irradiated samples for mass spectrometry was noted by indicating degree of increase in isotopic abundance for noble gas and long-lived radioactive nuclides. (author)

  17. Determination of certain elements in camel's milk by neutron activation analysis

    Natural milk samples were analysed by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) for (Mn, Fe, Zn, Co, Cr, Rb, Br, I). These samples were collected from different regions of libya co-operation with camel,s research center in tripoli. In our laboratories trace elements in human and milk powder samples have been, also determined using the (INAA) technique. The concentration level of the elements of interest of interest are in agreement to within 10% with obtained values for human and powder milk, except for the concentration of Br, I, and Rb which were found to be higher in camel's milk results of this investigation will be presented. 6 figs

  18. Performance of neutron activation analysis in the evaluation of bismuth iodide purification methodology

    Armelin, Maria Jose A.; Ferraz, Caue de Mello; Hamada, Margarida M., E-mail: marmelin@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Lab. de Analise por Ativacao Neutronica

    2015-07-01

    Bismuth tri-iodide (BrI{sub 3}) is an attractive material for using as a semiconductor. In this paper, BiI{sub 3} crystals have been grown by the vertical Bridgman technique using commercially available powder. The impurities were evaluated by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). The results show that INAA is an analytical method appropriate for monitoring the impurities of: Ag, As, Br, Cr, K, Mo, Na and Sb in the various stages of the BiI{sub 3} purification methodology. (author)

  19. Performance of neutron activation analysis in the evaluation of bismuth iodide purification methodology

    Bismuth tri-iodide (BrI3) is an attractive material for using as a semiconductor. In this paper, BiI3 crystals have been grown by the vertical Bridgman technique using commercially available powder. The impurities were evaluated by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). The results show that INAA is an analytical method appropriate for monitoring the impurities of: Ag, As, Br, Cr, K, Mo, Na and Sb in the various stages of the BiI3 purification methodology. (author)

  20. Classification of medieval ceramics in the Rhineland and neighbouring areas by neutron activation analysis

    Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) is known to be well suited for provenance determinations of ceramics, since more than 25 minor and trace elements can be measured with precisions high enough to discriminate between different pottery production workshops. INAA-data are presented for more than 1500 shards, mostly wasters, produced in different places such as Brueggen/Elmpt, Brunssum/Schinveld, Frechen/Cologne, Hoehr-Grenzhausen, Mayen, Paffrath, Pingsdorf/Bruehl, Raeren and Siegburg, to name only the most important earthen and stoneware production centres of the Rhine area in medieval and post medieval times. It turned out, that the wares of these different centres, although by archeological criteria often very similar, can be clearly recognized by INAA. This large reference databank can now be used to determine export pieces from these centres and to trace trade relations in the Middle Ages. An examples of a provenance determination of questionable finds of Pingsdorf and Paffrath Ware from Emden is given. (author)

  1. Determination of nickel in finished product alloys by instrumental neutron activation analysis and spectrophotometry

    Nickel contents in different finished product alloys were determined using a k0-based internal monostandard instrumental neutron activation analysis (IM-INAA) method. Five stainless steels (SS) and three high nickel alloys were analyzed by IM-INAA. BCS CRMs 225/1 (low alloy steel) and 466 (austenitic SS) and NIST SRM 247 (high Ni alloy) were analyzed to evaluate the accuracy of the method. The results of CRMs and SS were found to be in good agreement with certified or specified values. The Ni contents in the high nickel alloys were also determined by relative method of NAA for verification. Nickel contents in BCS CRM 466 and SS 316M were determined by UV-Visible spectrophotometry and the values were found to be in good agreement with IM-INAA results. (author)

  2. Neutron activation analysis of zinc in forages used in intensive dairy cattle production systems

    Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) was applied for the determination of Zn concentration in the main tropical grass forages used in intensive dairy cattle production systems, in Brazil. Smaller Zn concentration could be verified in the rainy period. Comparison of results obtained in these analyses of forages dry matter with daily requirements pointed towards deficiency of Zn in the forages. (author)

  3. Characterization of airborne particulate matter at urban and rural area in Bandung and Lembang Indonesia using instrumental neutron activation analysis

    Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) as one of nuclear techniques utilizing research reactor provides a very good, simultaneous, multi-elemental analysis methods for airborne particulate studies. In particular, INAA is known to be a reliable analysis technique with low detection limits and effective for a large number of samples. The ability to provide elemental concentration information on all of the most significant elements enables statistical techniques to be applied in the data and determine the source contribution of the pollutant. Analysis the airborne particulate samples collected in Bandung and Lembang were reported to demonstrate the advantage of INAA method, especially to get a better understanding about the condition of atmosphere in Indonesia due to air pollution

  4. Atmospheric deposition of trace elements around Ulan Bator city studied by moss and lichen biomonitoring technique and INAA

    For the first time the moss and lichen biomonitoring technique has been applied to air pollution in Mongolia (Ulan-Bator, the capital city). INAA at the IBR-2 reactor has made it possible to determine the content of 35 elements in moss and lichen biomonitors. Samples collected at sites located 10-15 km from the center of Ulan-Bator were analyzed by Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) using epithermal neutrons. The mosses (Rhytidium rugosum, Thuidium abietinum, Entodon concinnus) and lichens (Cladonia stellaris, Parmelia separata) were used to study the atmospheric deposition of trace elements. It was shown that the suggested types of mosses could be used as suitable biomonitors to estimate the concentration levels of heavy metals and trace elements in Ulan-Bator atmospheric deposition. The results are compared to the data of atmospheric deposition of some European countries

  5. Nutritional and environmental properties of algal products used in healthy diet by INAA and ICP-AES

    Spirulina platensis alga sampled in the Caribbean Sea and seven other commercial algal products available on the Italian market of different origin and aspect, have been analyzed by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) and inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES). By neutron irradiation and γ-ray spectrometry (INAA), as many as 20 elements could be measured instrumentally without any chemical treatment. Cu, Mg, Mn and Pb were determined after dissolution of the sample by ICP-AES. The cross-checking of the data, specifically by comparing those of Ca, Cr, Fe and Zn, obtained by the two techniques was found to be in good agreement. Special attention from analytical and nutritional point of view has been devoted to the toxic metals. The measurements have been carried out employing the reference algal material prepared by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). (author)

  6. Atmospheric Deposition of Trace Elements Around Ulan-Bator City Studied by Moss and Lichen Biomonitoring Technique and INAA

    Ganbold, G; Gundorina, S F; Frontasyeva, M V; Ostrovnaya, T M; Pavlov, S S; Tsendeekhuu, T

    2005-01-01

    For the first time the moss and lichen biomonitoring technique has been applied to air pollution in Mongolia (Ulan-Bator, the capital city). INAA at the IBR-2 reactor has made it possible to determine the content of 35 elements in moss and lichen biomonitors. Samples collected at sites located 10-15 km from the center of Ulan-Bator were analyzed by Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) using epithermal neutrons. The mosses (\\textit{Rhytidium rugosum}, \\textit{Thuidium abietinum}, \\textit{Entodon concinnus}) and lichens (\\textit{Cladonia stellaris}, \\textit{Parmelia separata}) were used to study the atmospheric deposition of trace elements. It was shown that the suggested types of mosses could be used as suitable biomonitors to estimate the concentration levels of heavy metals and trace elements in Ulan-Bator atmospheric deposition. The results are compared to the data of atmospheric deposition of some European countries.

  7. Quality assessment on airborne particulate matter of k0-INAA

    The analysis of airborne particulate matter (APM) by k0-NAA was assessed using: BCR reference material (RM) simulated air-filters, synthetic air-filters prepared by spiking blank filters with standard solutions, and real APM filters. k0-INAA is a suitable technique for the analysis of APM, delivering accurate and precise results. However, the quality assessment of APM analysis appears to be a difficult task. (author)

  8. Differences in trace element concentrations between the right and left hemispheres of human brain using INAA

    Very few publications have quoted differences between the same regions in both the right and left hemispheres of the human brain. It may be possible that the two hemispheres have different trace elemental concentrations, since it is known that they both have different functions. In this study, three brain regions from both the right and left hemispheres of the cortex have been sampled from five elderly individuals (three 'normal' and two Alzheimer's disease) and their elemental concentrations have been determined by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). (author)

  9. Provenance studies in Amazon basin by means of chemical composition obtained by INAA

    This study determines the provenance of the 106 sediments samples deposited by the Solimoes and Negro rivers in the tectonic depressions in Manaus, Amazon state, Brazil. Twenty-four chemical elements in the sediment samples collected before the confluence of Negro and Solimoes rivers have been determined using instrumental neutron activation analysis, INAA. It is inferred from the multivariate statistical methods that samples from the basin of the Solimoes river and tectonic depression 1 (the most significant of the region) are not significantly different. These results indicate the contribution this river in the sedimentary fill during the evolution in the Quaternary. (author)

  10. Correlations between chemical composition and provenance of Justino site ceramics by INAA

    Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA), have been used for the definition of compositional groups of potteries from Justino site, Brazil, according to the chemical similarities of ceramic paste. The outliers were identified by means of robust Mahalanobis distance. The temper effect in the ceramic paste was studied by means of modified Mahalanobis filter. The results were interpreted by means of cluster, principal components, and discriminant analyses. This work provides contributions for the reconstruction of the prehistory of baixo Sao Francisco region, and for the reconstitution of the Brazilian Northeast ceramist population of general frame. (author)

  11. Neutron activation analysis and atomic absorption spectrophotometry for the analysis of fresh, pasteurised and powder milk

    Wasim, M.; Rehman, S.; Arif, M.; Fatima, I.; Zaidi, J.H. [Pakistan Inst. of Nuclear Science and Technology, Islamabad (Pakistan). Chemistry Div.

    2012-07-01

    This study shows the application of semi-absolute k{sub 0} instrumental neutron activation analysis (k{sub 0}-INAA), epithermal neutron activation analysis (ENAA) and atomic absorption spectrophotometry (AAS) for the determination of 21 elements (Br, Ca, Cl, Co, Cr, Cs, Cu, Fe, Hf, I, K, Mg, Mn, Na, Ni, P, Pb, Rb, Sc Sr, and Zn) in different types of milk samples. The ENAA was required for the determination of iodine, AAS for Cu, Ni and Pb and the rest of the elements were measured by k{sub 0}-INAA. Thirteen elements (Br, Ca, Cl, Cs, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Na, P, Rb, Sr and Zn) were identified in all milk samples. Ni was detected in eleven and Pb in two samples. Concentrations of most of the elements were within the ranges of the world reported data. The data was further explored by principal component analysis to find relationships between samples and elements. (orig.)

  12. A study of environmental analysis of Havana Bay sediments using neutron activation analysis

    Surface sediments from the Havana Bay (Cuba) were analyzed by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). Concentrations of 23 heavy and trace elements in the sediments were reported, including for the first time, an important group of REE (La, Ce, Nd, Sm, Eu, Tb, Yb and Lu). The normalization of the results for a reference metal shows that an anthropogenic Sb, Ba, As, Cr and Zn inputs are due to discharges of sewage and industrial effluent. (author)

  13. Discriminative study of white porcelains by INAA and PIXE

    The fine white porcelains of Xing Kiln, Ding Kiln and Jingxing Kiln are very similar or alike in many aspects, such as typology of the vessel, texture of the body, colors of the body and the glaze. It is difficult for the archaeologists to distinguish the provenance using traditional methods. Nuclear analytical techniques (INAA, PIXE, XRF, SRXRF) have been widely employed for the provenance study of cultural relics in recent years due to their unique advantage, i.e. capable of nondestructive analysis. The element contents in the body and glaze of white porcelain shards with known provenance were determined by INAA and PIXE. In the meanwhile blind samples were prepared and analyzed in the same way. The differences of the element abundance patterns were processed by multivariate statistical analysis. On the basis of the analytical data and the statistical results, the discriminating criteria for provenance identification are obtained and verified by the blind samples.

  14. Instrumental neutron activation analysis of archaeological ceramics: Progress and challenges

    Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) has become a widely used technique in the characterization of archaeological ceramics. Early applications, primarily developmental in nature, have been replaced by studies that attempt to place the derived analytical data in a larger archaeological and behavioural context. If archaeology is to increasingly exploit the great potential of INAA to address a broad range of social and cultural issues involving ceramics, greater attention must be paid to the various sources of variation that contribute to the chemical composition of pottery. In addition, as all research takes place within a social context, efforts must be made to increase the communication between archaeologists and other scientists, as this will contribute to the fulfilment of the archaeological research objectives. (author)

  15. Use of INAA in the preparation of a set soil Reference Materials with certified values of total element contents

    A set of certified Reference Materials was prepared consisting of four natural agricultural soils with normal (n) and elevated (e) levels of element contents: CRM 7001 Light Sandy Soil (n), CRM 7002 Light Sandy Soil (e), CRM 7003 Silty Clay Loam (n), and CRM 7004 Loam (e). In these materials, certified and/or information values of the total contents of the elements As, Ba, Be, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Hg, Mn, Ni, Pb, V and Zn, and their fractions extractable by aqua regia, boiling and cold 2M nitric acid were derived from an interlaboratory comparison in which 28 laboratories participated. Highly precise and accurate procedures of instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) were employed for homogeneity testing and also for certification of the total element contents. For comparation purposes, NIST SRM-2704 Buffalo River Sediment was analyzed by INAA, as well. The INAA results obtained compared very well with the certified and/or information values for four soil CRMs and also with NIST values for SRM-2704. From this agreement, a very high reliability of the new soil CRMs can be inferred. (author)

  16. Evaluation of INAA-anticoincidence counting for measuring nanogram levels of vanadium in relatively high-salt nutritional reference materials

    An instrumental neutron activation analysis method in conjunction with anticoincidence counting (INAA-AC) gamma-ray spectrometry was developed for the determination of ppb levels of V in biological, mostly nutritional, reference materials containing varying amounts of salt. The method involved irradiation in the Dalhousie University SLOWPOKE-2 reactor facility at a fission neutron flux of 5 × 1011 cm-2 s-1 for 1 min, decay for 1 min, and counting for 10 min. In order to fully investigate the extent of improvement that can possibly be obtained for V determination by INAA–AC, a theoretical term called the analytical figure of merit was developed and applied to 16 National Institute of Standards and Technology and International Atomic Energy Agency reference materials. The overall background around the 1,434.1-keV photopeak of 52V was reduced by a factor of 5-10 for several materials in the anticoincidence counting mode. The detection limits were lowered by factors of 3-5 in INAA-AC (0.61-9.4 μg kg-1) compared to conventional INAA (1.9-79 μg kg-1) in samples with varying ratios of Na/V (0.24-1,000), Cl/V (0.12-1,827), Al/V (7.45-115) and Mn/V (1.84-66.9) making rapid and reliable V measurements possible at sub-ppb levels without any chemical separation. (author)

  17. Multianalytical determination of trace elements in atmospheric biomonitors by k0-INAA, ICP-MS and AAS

    Elemental contents of atmospheric biomonitors-epiphytic lichens and tree bark, exposed in continuous and discontinuous modes-have been assessed through k0-standardised instrumental neutron activation analysis (k0-INAA) (two different institutions), inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS). Certified reference materials-ISE-921 (river clay), NIST-1547 (peach leaves), ICHTJ-INCT-TL-1 (tea leaves; TL-1 hereinafter) and IAEA-336 (lichen material), and nonparametric statistics-rank-order correlations (Spearman RS) and enhanced-sign tests (Wilcoxon T)-were used for analytical control and data comparison, respectively. In general, quality of procedures was deemed good, except for k0-INAA in determining Br, Cu and Na, all likely affected by high counting statistics, and/or contamination issues (the latter). Results for Cu, Ni, Pb and Sr (by both ICP-MS and AAS) revealed that, despite an outstanding correlation (asymptotic p=0.000), they could be viewed as statistically equal for Cu only: AAS tended to yield higher values for Pb and Ni, and lower ones for Sr. The comparison between ICP-MS and k0-INAA data from TUDelft, for Al, Ca, Cu, Mg, Mn, Na, Ti and V, showed an excellent correlation (as above) and random (relative) magnitude for Cu, Mg, Mn and Ti only: ICP-MS tended to yield higher values for Al, Na and V, and lower ones for Ca, whereas between k0-INAA data from TUDelft and ITN, for Br, Ca and Na, resulted in systematically higher [Br] and [Ca] variates from TUDelft, even if all corresponding data sets were found to correlate at stringent significance levels. In a few cases, though-Ca, Sr in lichens; Pb in bark-matrix effects did appear to interfere in the outcome of matched-pairs, signed-rank tests, since random hierarchy of variates could be asserted just when lichen and bark data sets were processed separately

  18. Sampling and analytical methodologies for instrumental neutron activation analysis of airborne particulate matter

    The IAEA supports a number of projects having to do with the analysis of airborne particulate matter by nuclear techniques. Most of this work involves the use of activation analysis in its various forms, particularly instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). This technique has been widely used in many different countries for the analysis of airborne particulate matter, and there are already many publications in scientific journals, books and reports describing such work. The present document represents an attempt to summarize the most important features of INAA as applied to the analysis of airborne particulate matter. It is intended to serve as a set of guidelines for use by participants in the IAEA's own programmes, and other scientists, who are not yet fully experienced in the application of INAA to airborne particulate samples, and who wish either to make a start on using this technique or to improve their existing procedures. The methodologies for sampling described in this document are of rather general applicability, although they are presented here in a way that takes account of the particular requirements arising from the use of INAA as the analytical technique. The analytical part of the document, however, is presented in a form that is applicable only to INAA. (Subsequent publications in this series are expected to deal specifically with other nuclear related techniques such as energy dispersive X ray fluorescence (ED-XRF) and particle induced X ray emission (PIXE) analysis). Although the methods and procedures described here have been found through experience to yield acceptable results, they should not be considered mandatory. Any other procedure used should, however, be chosen to be capable of yielding results at least of equal quality to those described

  19. Comparison of INAA and RNAA methods with thermal-ionization mass spectrometry for iridium determinations in atmospheric tracer studies

    The sensitivity and precision of instrumental neutron activation analysis (NAA), radiochemical neutron activation analysis (RNAA), and thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS) are compared for the determination of Ir in ambient size-fractionated aerosol particulate samples. The results of the TIMS analyses indicated high analytical precision (0.2% at > 50 pg Ir), but the sensitivity of detection was limited by blank values (300-500 fg). The sensitivities for INAA and RNAA were comparable, i.e., 60 to 90 fg in size-segregated particulate samples. (author)

  20. Analysis for toxic elements in food and drinking water in Thailand by neutron activation analysis

    This paper presents the results of a research aimed at the determination of several trace elements in foodstuffs and water in Thailand. The project included the development of adequate analytical procedures for the determination of As, Cd, Cu and Zn by ion exchange chromatography; Hg and Se by a direct combustion technique; Br, Co, Fe and Mn by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA); Pb by flame atomic absorption spectrophotometry; and As, Co, Mn, Sb, U, V, Zn, and Cr in water samples by pre-concentration on activated carbon followed by INAA. The samples analyzed comprised various kinds of vegetables, meat, poultry, beans and peas, various species of rice, fish, shellfish and other marine products. Natural and tap water samples were collected at several locations in twenty-nice provinces in Southern, Northern, North-Eastern and Central parts of Thailand. (author). 16 refs, 1 fig., 49 tabs

  1. Neutron activation analysis of several elements in the unicellular alga Cyanidium caldarium irradiated by α particles from neutron captured boron

    The TRIGA MARK 2 atomic reactor was used not only for instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) but also as the irradiation source of α particles derived from the 10B(n, α)7Li reaction for biological samples. The acidophilic and thermophilic unicellular alga (Cyanidium caldarium Geitler) was incubated for 20 hours after irradiation and then its elemental concentrations were analysed by INAA. An increase in the quantities of 56Mn, 28Al and 38Cl, and a decrease of 27Mg and 42K were detected in the irradiated cells in contrast to non-irradiated cells. (author)

  2. Top-down instead of bottom-up estimates of uncertainty in INAA results?

    The initial publication of the ISO Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement (GUM) and many related documents has resulted in a worldwide awareness of the importance of a realistic estimate of the value reported after the +/- sign. The evaluation of uncertainty in measurement, as introduced by the GUM, is derived from the principles applied in physical measurements. Many testing laboratories have already experienced large problems in applying these principles in e.g. (bio)chemical measurements, resulting in time-consuming evaluations and costly additional experiments. Other, more pragmatic and less costly approaches have been proposed to obtain a realistic estimate of the range in which the true value of the measurement may be found with a certain degree of probability. One of these approaches, the 'top-down method', is based on the standard deviation in the results of intercomparison data. This approach is much easier for tests for which it is either difficult to establish a full measurement equation, or if e.g. matrix-matching reference materials are absent. It has been demonstrated that the GUM 'bottom-up' approach of evaluating uncertainty in measurement can easily be applied in instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) as all significant sources of uncertainty can be evaluated. INAA is therefore a valuable technique to test the validity of the top-down approach. In this contribution, examples of the top-down evaluation of uncertainty in INAA derived from participation in intercomparison rounds and proficiency testing schemes will be presented. The results will be compared with the bottom-up evaluation of uncertainty, and ease of applicability, validity and usefullness of both approaches will be discussed.

  3. Organization of commercial neutron activation analysis at the Interfaculty Reactor Institute

    In a period of declining funds, curriculum reconsiderations, and unpopular image among the general public of anything nuclear related, (university) research reactor establishments should have strategies to justify the existence and continuation of their expensive facilities. At the Interfaculty Reactor Institute (IRI), part of this strategy is to focus the potential of instrumental neutron activation analysis (NAA) on problems of economical and social importance. Development and application of NAA is one of the principal research tasks of the radiochemistry department of the institute. A multidisciplinary team of nine (analytical) chemists, physicists, computer experts, electronic engineers, and technicians is responsible for innovative developments and maintenance of the INAA facilities. For long, the facilities have been made available for open-quotes routineclose quotes use to non-radiochemists from other universities. Interactively operating software and manuals enable these guests to perform INAA independently after a short introductory period. No special demands were set for the educational level of the users; universities did not have to pay for use of the facilities. In the early 1980s, other (governmental) research institutes became interested in the potential of INAA, and cooperation started on projects with a large sample throughput; in these projects, some financial support was included. Over the years, the number of requests for multielement determinations via INAA grew steadily, not only from the universities, which were charged for a part of the total analysis' cost, but also from industry

  4. Studies on the method for determination of fluoride concentration in rat hard tissues by neutron activation analysis using 20F

    Neutron activation analysis method (non disruptive analysis, short time period measurement) has been recognized as a high precision analysis of fluoride concentration in hard tissue. Heat neutron irradiation analysis using instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) method was used to investigate 20F concentration. Results were as follows. F concentration in a dried material of hard tissue using INAA method can be fixed by measuring the 20F's energy peak for 10 seconds after neutron irradiation under 1 x 10 n/cm2·s for 10 seconds. Non responding time that is caused by short half reduction time of 20F can be recovered enough by a revise calculation. Reproducibility of measured fluoride concentration using INAA method was well stabilized. Rat hard tissue which takes no fluoride can be determined fluoride concentration without sodium restriction. Femur fluoride concentrations using INAA method had significant correlation with conventional microdiffusion analysis method (r=0.997, regression line: Y=1.13X + 2.98). Increase of fluoride density in dentine of rat molars under growing period according to fluoride intake was 1/3 of femurs and mandibles. (author)

  5. Air quality evaluation of some industrial cities of Pakistan using INAA and AAS

    Instrumental neutron activation analysis technique (INAA) and atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS) have been employed for the characterization of 40 trace elements in suspended particulate matter (SPM) and soil samples from Pakistan's industrially important cities of Gujranwala and Faisalabad. The air particulates, which were collected from five different locations of each city, indicate moderate to unhealthy air quality with SPM levels above the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. Enrichment factors (EF) for all the elements have been calculated with respect to their concentrations in the soils. Some of the areas of Gujranwala show high EF values for Pb, Cr, Cu, Cd and Ca, which may indicate contributions due to heavy traffic with automotive exhaust, tanneries and many other acute anthropogenic activities in this area. The presence of high concentration of Cr is due to chrome plating units and leather industry in the adjoining areas. Similarly few sites from Faisalabad have high Pb, Cd and Sb contents from vehicular aerosols with the contributions from coal combustion, battery manufacturing industries, lead smelters and numerous other industries. IAEA Reference Materials were analyzed for the validation of INAA and AAS procedures employed and to ensure the accuracy and precision of the characterized data. (orig.)

  6. INAA of human scalp hair for environmental monitoring of Indonesian and Canadian population group

    For monitoring and comparison of environmental condition of Indonesian and Canadian population groups, human scalp hair has been selected for use to assess the levels of various trace elements in each group. The samples studied included: 50 samples from an Indonesian population group residing near industrial and oil refinery sites and an unpolluted rural area, 50 samples from a Canadian group in a remote area near a metal smelter as well as 50 samples of a control group, plus 30 samples of Indonesians residing in an urban area of Canada for more than one year. By means of Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA), eight trace elements which are considered to be environmentally-important, namely Al, As, Cr, Hg, Mn, Sb, Sc, Zn, as well as three other trace elements, namely K, La, and W, were also of interest. Accuracy of these INAA hair analysis was checked by reference to SRM-1571, NIES-5, and a Chinese hair standard (agreement was generally from 5-15%). Of these elements, As, Cr, Mn, and Sc were found to be higher in the Canadian industrial groups, whereas Al and Zn were found to be higher in the Indonesian oil refinery group. Hg found to be higher in the industrial groups of both Canadian and Indonesian population. The concentration of all these elements in the hair of Indonesians residing in Canada were comparable to the Indonesian rural group. Other elements in both the Canadian and Indonesian groups were comparable

  7. A new microcomputer-controlled neutron activation and analysis system

    A microcomputer-controlled irradiation and measurement system and a microprocessor-controlled sample changer have been installed at the SLOWPOKE-2 Facility at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC). These systems can provide the gamut of instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) techniques for the analyst. Custom software has been created for system control, data acquisition, and off-line spectral analysis using programs that incorporate Gaussian peak-fitting methods of analysis. The design and use of the equipment is discussed, and the performance is illustrated with results obtained from the analysis of marine sediment and biological reference materials

  8. INAA OF SOME ANCIENT COINS FROM POST GUPTA PERIOD AND MUGHAL SALTANAT

    NilimaSRajurkar; AKJha; 等

    1994-01-01

    Non-destructive analysis of some electrum coins from post Gupta period and of coins from different mints of Mughal emperors,Shahjahan and Aurangzed.have been done by instrumental neutron activation analysis(INAA) using 252Cf neutron source.The elemental content of these coins are determined by comparator method by mneasuring the activities of the radioisotopes formed after(n,γ) reactions,at their corresponding photopeaks.It is found that identified electrum coins contain copper as a major component and hence can be termed as cupro-electrum coins.As regards the analysis of coins from different mints there is no much variation in silver content while copper content varies from mint to mint.Coins from both the emperore are found to contain considerable amount of gold.

  9. Application of INAA to ancient bricks for grouping study using trace elements

    The paper presents the chemical composition analysis results of 57 ancient clay bricks obtained from Buddhist sites of two major locations of Andhra Pradesh, India. Samples were analyzed by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) using high flux reactor neutrons and high resolution gamma ray spectrometry. Major, minor and trace concentrations of 23 elements were determined by relative method of NAA. For the grouping/provenance study, statistical cluster analysis was performed using concentrations of 14 selected elements namely Sc, Cr, Fe, Co, Zn, Cs, La, Ce, Eu, Tb, Yb, Lu, Ta and Th. The cluster analysis results indicated two major groups, which are in good agreement with the collection history of samples. Accuracy of the method was evaluated by analyzing two IAEA reference materials, RMs SL-1 and Soil-7. (author)

  10. Instrumental neutron activation analysis and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry on atmospheric biomonitors

    In a biomonitoring study aiming to find alternatives to lower epiphytes as air-quality monitors, lichens and tree bark were exposed at different sites for discontinuous periods of 2 months and continuously. Native lichens were collected as well. The contents for 22 elements were obtained by both instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Quality control as asserted by analyzing ISE-921, NIST-1547 and TL-1 was good. Losses of As and Se by volatilization during sample digestion and neutron irradiation were evident; Ca contents by ICP-MS appeared underestimated probably due to the formation of the insoluble fluoride. ICP-MS featured a better precision than INAA. Nonparametric statistics were applied to the ICP-MS replicates, to those determined by INAA, and to compare the results of both techniques. High or even excellent correlations were found between replicates in INAA, whereas, in ICP-MS, Cr and Ta were just fairly or not correlated. As an overall comparison of the techniques, biased results were found for As, Ba, Ce, Cr, Cs, Hf, La, Sc, Se, Ta, and Zn; unbiased results could be found for Ca, Co, Fe, K, Na, Rb, Sb, Sm, Tb, Th, and U. (author)

  11. Heavy metal elements in toiletries analyzed by INAA, ICP-MS and SEM-EDX

    Furuta, E. [Ochanomizu University (Japan). Graduate School; Minowa, H. [The Jikei University School of Medicine (Japan); Tagami, K. [National Institute of Radiological Sciences (Japan); Okada, Y. [Tokyo City Univ. (Japan); Nakahara, H. [Tokyo Metropolitan Univ. (Japan)

    2011-07-01

    Recently, many toiletries claiming inclusion of platinum (Pt), silver (Ag) and gold (Au) as additives are sold in ordinary cosmetics shops. However, their concentrations are not clearly indicated. In the present work, these toiletries were analyzed for heavy metal elements by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), and the particle sizes were observed by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and the constitutions of the small particles were analyzed by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). The concentrations of Pt in the toiletries observed were from 1 to 80 ppm. The lower detection limit of Pt by INAA was about 1 ppm because of the presence of sodium in high concentrations for those samples. Consequently, some toiletries which should have had Pt according to the manufactures were found not to contain Pt probably because it was less than the detection limit. On the other hand, there were a few toiletries that were found to contain Ag although the addition of Ag was not mentioned by the manufactures. It is considered that these non-indicated Ag were included as impurities of the added Au. The concentrations of the non-indicated Ag were even higher than those of the indicated Ag. A very small amount of Sr, which was nominated in the negative list of Japan, was also detected in 2 out of 5 kinds of toiletries analyzed by ICP-MS. (orig.)

  12. Characterization of the aeolian aerosol from Cape Verde by k0-INAA and PIXE

    Due to its location on West Coast of Africa, Cape Verde is highly influenced by Sahara Desert dust events being an optimum place to observe and study the African aeolian aerosol. During 2011, particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter lower than 10 μm (PM10) was sampled in Santiago Island and its chemical composition was evaluated by k0-instrumental neutron activation analysis (k0-INAA) and particle induced X-ray emission (PIXE). This study showed the existence of a seasonal intrusion of dust from Africa (that occurred from October to March) characterized by significant increases of PM10, mineral elements and anthropogenic particles concentrations. In 2011, the PM10 health-based air quality guidelines defined by WHO, EU and USEPA were exceeded. Cape Verde PM10 composition was characterized essentially by high concentrations of elements originating from the soil (Ca, Ce, Co, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Rb, S, Sc, Si, Sm, and Ti) and sea (Br, Cl, and Na); and low concentrations of anthropogenic elements (As, Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb, Sb, V, and Zn). k0-INAA and PIXE were fundamental tools for the determination of airborne chemical elements in Cape Verde. Their multi-elemental capabilities in association with low detection limits made it possible to determine the majority of the element concentrations of environmental interest. (author)

  13. Characterization of ancient glass excavated in Enez (Ancient Ainos) Turkey by combined Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis and Fourier Transform Infrared spectrometry techniques

    Akyuz, Sevim; Akyuz, Tanil; Mukhamedshina, Nuranya M.; Mirsagatova, A. Adiba; Basaran, Sait; Cakan, Banu

    2012-05-01

    Ancient glass fragments excavated in the archaeological district Enez (Ancient Ainos)-Turkey were investigated by combined Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrometry techniques. Multi-elemental contents of 15 glass fragments that belong to Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Periods, were determined by INAA. The concentrations of twenty six elements (Na, K, Ca, Sc, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Cu, Zn, As, Rb, Sr, Sb, Cs, Ba, Ce, Sm, Eu, Tb, Yb, Lu, Hf, Ta, Au and Th), which might be present in the samples as flux, stabilizers, colorants or opacifiers, and impurities, were examined. Chemometric treatment of the INAA data was performed and principle component analysis revealed presence of 3 distinct groups. The thermal history of the glass samples was determined by FTIR spectrometry.

  14. A development and integration of the concentration database for relative method, k0 method and absolute method in instrumental neutron activation analysis using Microsoft Access

    Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) is offen used to determine and calculate the concentration of an element in the sample by the National University of Malaysia, especially students of Nuclear Science Program. The lack of a database service leads consumers to take longer time to calculate the concentration of an element in the sample. This is because we are more dependent on software that is developed by foreign researchers which are costly. To overcome this problem, a study has been carried out to build an INAA database software. The objective of this study is to build a database software that help the users of INAA in Relative Method and Absolute Method for calculating the element concentration in the sample using Microsoft Excel 2010 and Microsoft Access 2010. The study also integrates k0 data, k0 Concent and k0-Westcott to execute and complete the system. After the integration, a study was conducted to test the effectiveness of the database software by comparing the concentrations between the experiments and in the database. Triple Bare Monitor Zr-Au and Cr-Mo-Au were used in Abs-INAA as monitor to determine the thermal to epithermal neutron flux ratio (f). Calculations involved in determining the concentration are the net peak area (Np), the measurement time (tm), the irradiation time (tirr), k-factor (k), thermal to epithermal neutron flux ratio (f), the parameters of the neutron flux distribution epithermal (α) and detection efficiency (εp). For Com-INAA databases, reference material IAEA-375 Soil was used to calculate the concentration of elements in the sample. CRM, SRM are also used in this database. After the INAA database integration, a verification process was to examine the effectiveness of the Abs-INAA was carried out by comparing the sample concentration between the in database and the experiment. The result of the experimental concentration value of INAA database software performed with high accuracy and precision. ICC

  15. Nondestructive gamma activation analysis of mineral materials

    The basic problems are described related to the use of gamma activation analysis. The applicability was studied of instrumental gamma activation analysis (IGAA) in geology. A number of minerals, rocks, marine sediments and reference materials were studied. For irradiation a betatron and a microtron were used. The results show that IGAA allows the simultaneous determination of a number of trace elements at concentrations of tenths of ppm. The results are given of comparisons made of the analytical possibilities of microtron IGAA and reactor INAA in geology. Tables show the results of the application of IGAA, the main products and parameters of photoexcitation reactions and graphically represented are the gamma spectra of measured materials. (J.B.)

  16. Computer modeling for neutron activation analysis methods

    Full text: The INP AS RU develops databases for the neutron-activation analysis - ND INAA [1] and ELEMENT [2]. Based on these databases, the automated complex is under construction aimed at modeling of methods for natural and technogenic materials analysis. It is well known, that there is a variety of analysis objects with wide spectra, different composition and concentration of elements, which makes it impossible to develop universal methods applicable for every analytical research. The modelling is based on algorithm, that counts the period of time in which the sample was irradiated in nuclear reactor, providing the sample's total absorption and activity analytical peaks areas with given errors. The analytical complex was tested for low-elemental analysis (determination of Fe and Zn in vegetation samples, and Cu, Ag and Au - in technological objects). At present, the complex is applied for multielemental analysis of sediment samples. In this work, modern achievements in the analytical chemistry (measurement facilities, high-resolution detectors, IAEA and IUPAC databases) and information technology applications (Java software, database management systems (DBMS), internet technologies) are applied. Reference: 1. Tillaev T., Umaraliev A., Gurvich L.G., Yuldasheva K., Kadirova J. Specialized database for instrumental neutron activation analysis - ND INAA 1.0, The 3-rd Eurasian Conference Nuclear Science and its applications, 2004, pp.270-271.; 2. Gurvich L.G., Tillaev T., Umaraliev A. The Information-analytical database on the element contents of natural objects. The 4-th International Conference Modern problems of Nuclear Physics, Samarkand, 2003, p.337. (authors)

  17. From scientific research towards scientific service by INAA: Experiences and consequences

    An evaluation has been made at the laboratory for INAA in Delft of the type of analytical protocols requested for by scientific and commercial customers. Examples are given of the differences in requests from industrial research and university research and the consequences for the analysis protocol to be selected. On the basis of experience with the users and clients and customer satisfaction evaluation results, a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis has been made. This analysis makes clear that many of the frequently mentioned 'advantages' of INAA do not excite the clients. One of the typical weaknesses of the technique results from lack of automation, indispensable for effective and economic operations. This may hamper small INAA groups to become interesting for large-scale and/or parallel requests, to become competitive and self-sustainable. Suggestions are given how the weaknesses and threats may be circumvented and how the strong points and opportunities may be successfully exploited. (author)

  18. Risk assessment of inhalation exposure for airborne toxic metals using instrumental neutron activation analysis

    In order to study the effects of air pollution, about 1,300 samples of airborne particulate matter (APM) were collected at suburban and industrial sites, in Daejeon, Korea from 1998 to 2006. The concentrations of carcinogenic (As and Cr) and non-carcinogenic metals (Al, Mn, and Zn) were determined by using instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). These long-term metal concentration data were applied to a risk assessment of inhalation exposure using Monte Carlo analysis (MCA). (author)

  19. Investigations of some elements distribution in dental tissues by INAA as a function of ecological and some other parameters

    Distribution of some elements (Hg, Zn, Sb, Co and Sc) in dental tissues (enamel, dentine, pulp) has been investiaated by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). Teeth samples were taken from patients living in different regions (mine and mineralized areas, plain), taking into account the following parameters: ecological conditions, age of patients, stomatological operations and use of local cosmetic preparations containig mercury. Samples of vegetation (beech, moss, pine) from two locations belonging to regions of mineralized areas also were analyzed. Results of our investigations are presented and discussed. (author)

  20. Instrumental neutron activation analysis of soil sample

    This paper describes the analysis of soil samples collected from 5 different location around Sungai Lui, Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia. These sample were taken at 22-24 cm from the top of the ground and were analysed using the techniques of Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA). The analysis on soil sample taken above 22-24 cm level were done in order to determine if there is any variation in elemental contents at different sampling levels. The results indicate a wide variation in the contents of the samples. About 30 elements have been analysed. The major ones are Na, I, Cl, Mg, Al, K, Ti, Ca and Fe. Trace elements analysed were Ba, Sc, V, Cr, Mn, Ga, As, Zn, Br, Rb, Co, Hf, Zr, Th, U, Sb, Cs, Ce, Sm, Eu, Tb, Dy, Yb, Lu and La. (author)

  1. INAA and petrological study of sandstones from the Angkor monuments

    We determined 35 major, minor and trace elements in sandstone samples taken from building blocks of 19 Angkor temples and from an old and a new quarry using INAA. We also characterized the sandstone samples with conventional microscopy and electron microprobe analysis. Using cluster analysis, we found no straightforward correlation between the chemical/petrological properties of the sandstones and a presumed period of individual temples construction. The poor correlation may result either from the inherent inhomogeneity of sandstone or just reflect the diversity of quarries that supplied building blocks for the construction of any particular temple. (author)

  2. Activation analysis

    The neutron activation analysis, which appears to be in limits for further advance, is the most suitable for providing information on the principal as well as the microcomponents in any sample of solid form. Then, instrumental activation analysis is capable of determination of far many elements in various samples. Principally on the neutron activation analysis, the following are described in literature survey from 1982 to middle 1984: bibliography, review, data collection, etc.; problems in spectral analysis and measurement; activation analysis with neutrons; charged particle and photo-nucleus reactions; chemical separation, isotopic dilution activation analysis; molecular activation analysis; standard materials; life and its relation samples; environmental, food, court trial and archaeological samples; space and earth sciences. (Mori, K.)

  3. Neutron activation analysis of several elements in the unicellular alga Cyanidium caldarium irradiated by. cap alpha. particles from neutron captured boron

    Yamaguchi, Shuho; Oota, Tadachika; Otani, Mayumi; Aso, Sueo (Tokyo Univ. of Agriculture (Japan))

    1984-02-01

    The TRIGA MARK 2 atomic reactor was used not only for instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) but also as the irradiation source of ..cap alpha.. particles derived from the /sup 10/B(n, ..cap alpha..)/sup 7/Li reaction for biological samples. The acidophilic and thermophilic unicellular alga (Cyanidium caldarium Geitler) was incubated for 20 hours after irradiation and then its elemental concentrations were analysed by INAA. An increase in the quantities of /sup 56/Mn, /sup 28/Al and /sup 38/Cl, and a decrease of /sup 27/Mg and /sup 42/K were detected in the irradiated cells in contrast to non-irradiated cells.

  4. Preliminary study on airborne particulate matter from three sampling sites in Beijing area by INAA

    Three sampling sites, Chegongzhuang (downtown), Liangxiang-1 and Liangxiang-2 (suburb), are set up in Beijing. PM2.5 (diameter<2.5 μm, fine) and PM10 (diameter<10 μm, coarse) airborne particulate matter (APM) samples are collected using the same Gent stacked filter unit samplers. The APM samples of both size categories were analyzed for some 40 elements by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). The differences in average mass ratios of PM2.5/PM10 APM from the 3 sampling sites indicate the difference in composition and source of APM from urban and suburb areas. Seasonable variation and special weather conditions variation are found for Liang Xiang samples taken during 2004, 3-2004, 8. Major pollution elements are preliminarily identified by enrichment factor analysis. (authors)

  5. Uncertainty and minimum detectable concentrations using relative, absolute and K*0-IAEA standardization for the INAA laboratory of the ETRR-2

    Full text: The Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) Laboratory of Egypt Second Training and Research Reactor (ETRR-2) is increasingly requested to perform multi-element analysis to large number of samples from different origins. The INAA laboratory has to demonstrate competence by conforming to appropriate internationally and nationally accepted standards. The objective of this work is to determine the uncertainty budget and sensitivity of the INAA laboratory measurements. Concentrations of 9 elements; Mn, Na, K, Ca, Co, Cr, Fe, Rb, and Cs, were measured against a certified test sample. Relative, absolute, and Ko-IAEA standardization methods were employed and results compared. The flux was monitored using cadmium covered gold method, and multifoil (gold, nickel and zirconium) method. The combined and expanded uncertainties were estimated. Uncertainty of concentrations ranged between 2-21% depending on the standardization method used. The relative method, giving the lowest uncertainty, produced uncertainty budget between 2 and 11%. The minimum detectable concentration was the lowest for Cs ranging between 0.36 and 0.59 ppb and the highest being for K in the range of 0.32 to 8.64 ppm

  6. Limit of the INAA procedure for copper determination based on the 64Cu 511 keV line

    It has been demonstrated that the interferences on 64Cu 511 keV line from nuclides having high energy γ-rays can be effectively reduced physically. An INAA procedure is proposed and used to determine trace amounts of Cu in biological and environmental samples. However, due to the fact that the interferences on 64Cu 511 keV line are not completely eliminated, the question arises on what is the limit of the non-destructive method for Cu determination. An equation is derived to establish the relation between the minimum detectable Cu concentration and the INAA experimental conditions. Based on this equation, and optimised INAA procedure is worked out and applied to blood analysis. The results show that the optimised INAA procedure is able to determine Cu quantitatively for samples with Na-to-Cu content ratio less than 600-1000. (author)

  7. A Possible Tool for Checking Errors in the INAA Results, Based on Neutron Data and Method Validation

    This work presents preliminary results of a new type of possible application in the INAA experiments of elemental analysis, useful to check errors occurred during investigation of unknown samples; it relies on the INAA method validation experiments and accuracy of the neutron data from the literature. The paper comprises 2 sections, the first one presents--in short--the steps of the experimental tests carried out for INAA method validation and for establishing the 'ACTIVA-N' laboratory performance, which is-at the same time-an illustration of the laboratory evolution on the way to get performance. Section 2 presents our recent INAA results on CRMs, of which interpretation opens discussions about the usefulness of using a tool for checking possible errors, different from the usual statistical procedures. The questionable aspects and the requirements to develop a practical checking tool are discussed

  8. INAA and PIXE of Combustion Aerosols

    Kučera, Jan; Smolík, Jiří; Schwarz, Jaroslav; Havránek, Vladimír

    Washington, D.C.: American Nuclear Society, 2002, s. 456-457. [2002 Winter Meeting American Nuclear Society. Washington, D.C. (US), 17.11.2002-21.11.2002] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z1048901; CEZ:AV0Z4072921 Keywords : combustion * aerosols * INAA and PIXE Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry

  9. Low-background neutron activation analysis. A powerful tool for atmospheric mineral dust analysis in ice cores

    The application of instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) for multi-elemental analysis of samples of extremely reduced mass such as dust samples extracted from ice cores requires specific efforts towards the development of a 'low level counting' analytical technique. An analytical protocol specifically designed for this kind of samples, based on low-background INAA (LBNAA) is here presented. A first application of the method was successfully performed on samples from the new alpine firn core NextData-LYS12. Sub-ng detection limits were reached for many elements. According to this point the technique is also potentially suitable to be applied to polar ice core samples. (author)

  10. Platinum determination by instrumental neutron activation analysis with special reference to the spectral interference of Sc-47 on the platinum indicator nuclide Au-199

    Alfassi, Z.B.; Probst, T.U.; Rietz, B.

    A method of instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) is developed for the determination of platinum by the Au-199 daughter of Pt-199 in the presence of the spectral interference from the Sc-47 daughter of Ca-47. The contributions of the Pt and Ca signals to the integral 157-161 keV peak were...

  11. Neutron activation analysis and X-ray Rayleigh and Raman scattering of hair and nail clippings as noninvasive bioindicators for Cu liver status in Labrador Retrievers

    Bode, P.; Bueno, M.I.; Bortoleto, G.G.; Hoffmann, G.; Van den Ingh, T.S.; Rothuizen, J.

    2008-01-01

    The heritability of chronic hepatitis in the Labrador Retriever is studied with the aim of identifying the related gene mutation. Identification of cases and controls is largely based on instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) Cu determination in liver biopsies. The burden for these companio

  12. Data intercomparison and determination of toxic and trace elements in algae using instrumental neutron activation analysis

    For the non-destructive multi-elemental analysis of environmental and biological materials, instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) was applied for the determination of toxic and trace elements in a set of three Algae samples provided by the international Atomic Energy (IAEA). The analytical quality control was evaluated by comparing the analytical results of two standard reference materials of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); Oyster Tissue (SRM 1566a) and Citrus Leaves (SRM 1572). According to given analytical procedure, the concentration of 15-25 elements including spiked elements such As, Cd, Cr and Hg in Algae samples were determined. To identify and validate these results, a data intercomparison program using more than 35 analytical methods in 150 laboratories was carried out and the estimated statistical data are summarized. Result of INAA is favorable, therefore, it is illustrated that can be applied for routine analysis of essential and toxic elements in algae samples as well as analytical quality assurance

  13. The geographical origin and chemical composition in phellinus mushrooms measured by instrumental neutron activation analysis

    In order to expand the utilization of phellinus mushrooms as a dietary supplement, we attempted to evaluate the chemical composition by measuring its inorganic elemental content with the aid of instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). Twenty seven phellinus mushrooms samples were collected from Korea, Cambodia, and Vietnam. A total of 28 elements were analyzed in the phellinus mushroom samples using the INAA. The concentrations of Ca, K, and Mg are much higher than those of other elements in phellinus mushroom samples. The sum of determined elemental concentration in Cambodia samples was about 2-6 times higher than those in Korea and Vietnam samples, respectively. Based on our measurement data, we attempted to discriminate the geographical origin using principal components analysis (PCA) and linear discriminant analysis (LDA). The geographical origins of all samples were clearly classified with correct classification rate of 100%. (author)

  14. Elemental analysis of ancient potteries using instrumental neutron activation analysis

    The provenance studies of archaeological artifacts like potteries, bricks, and coins demands elemental analysis. Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) with high resolution gamma ray spectrometry was used due to its high sensitivity and simultaneous multielement capability. The ancient pottery samples belong to Melchittamur, collected from Department of Ancient History, Tamilnadu, were irradiated in KAMINI reactor, IGCAR, Kalpakkam and counted using PC based Aptec MCA card. The peak areas were obtained using peak-fit PHAST software. The elemental concentrations were calculated using relative method with IAEA RM SL-1 as comparator. The concentrations of elements K, Sc, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, In, Cs, La, Ce, Sm, Eu, Hf and Th were determined. The % uncertainties are within 1-12% except for Cr, In, Cs and Th

  15. Trace element determination in high-purity aluminum clad samples by k0-based internal monostandard instrumental neutron activation analysis

    The k0-based internal monostandard instrumental neutron activation analysis (IM-INAA) method was applied for quantification of trace impurities in seven high purity aluminum samples used as fuel cladding in a research reactor. Samples along with BCS CRM 182 (Si-Al alloy) were irradiated in high flux reactor neutrons for 10-15 h. In situ detection efficiency, needed in concentration calculation ratio by IM-INAA, was obtained using gamma rays of activation products produced in the samples. Elemental concentration ratios obtained with respect to Fe (used as internal monostandard) were converted to absolute concentrations by determining concentration of Fe by relative method of NAA. Concentrations of ten trace elements (Sc, Cr, Co, Zn, Ga, La, Ce, Sm, W and Hf) including major element Fe were determined in this work. The method used is non-destructive in nature and does not need multielement standards. Results of IM-INAA were compared with those obtained by relative method of INAA and inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES). Details of methodologies and results obtained by all methods are discussed and compared in the paper. (author)

  16. Determination of pollutants in dwellings by neutron activation analysis and x-ray fluorescence

    Metallic pollutants were measured in dwellings in Mexico city by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) and x-ray fluorescence techniques. Monitoring was performed in the west side of the city and in the winter season. In general the average concentration of contaminants collected, when compared with average concentrations reported in a previous paper, have increased with time and in the particular case of lead and mercury some samples are above the indicative WHO maximum levels. (author)

  17. Determination of trace elements in tobacco using different techniques of neutron activation analysis

    Quantitative data on trace elements in two tobacco leaf (candidate) reference materials OTL-1 and VTL-2 prepared by the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology, Warsaw, Poland, are presented and compared to recommended values, where available. By instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA), as well as by radiochemical technique (RNAA) 30 elements were quantitatively determined and fair agreement was found between the results and recommended values for the first material. (author) 18 refs.; 5 tabs

  18. Elemental comparison in sound and carious human teeth by instrumental neutron activation analysis

    Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) was applied to determine Ca, Cl, Mg, Mn, Na, Sr and Zn in human dentin and enamel tissues from carious and sound teeth. Comparisons were made between the results obtained in carious and sound dental tissues for dentin and enamel. The findings obtained were also compared with the published data. Accuracy and precision of the results were evaluated by analyzing certified reference material. (author)

  19. Studies on the method for determination of fluoride concentration in rat hard tissues by neutron activation analysis using sup 20 F

    Nakakura, Tadao (Nippon Dental Univ., Tokyo (Japan))

    1991-04-01

    Neutron activation analysis method (non disruptive analysis, short time period measurement) has been recognized as a high precision analysis of fluoride concentration in hard tissue. Heat neutron irradiation analysis using instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) method was used to investigate {sup 20}F concentration. Results were as follows. F concentration in a dried material of hard tissue using INAA method can be fixed by measuring the {sup 20}F's energy peak for 10 seconds after neutron irradiation under 1 x 10 n/cm{sup 2}center dots for 10 seconds. Non responding time that is caused by short half reduction time of {sup 20}F can be recovered enough by a revise calculation. Reproducibility of measured fluoride concentration using INAA method was well stabilized. Rat hard tissue which takes no fluoride can be determined fluoride concentration without sodium restriction. Femur fluoride concentrations using INAA method had significant correlation with conventional microdiffusion analysis method (r=0.997, regression line: Y=1.13X + 2.98). Increase of fluoride density in dentine of rat molars under growing period according to fluoride intake was 1/3 of femurs and mandibles. (author).

  20. Neutron Activation Analysis of Pre-Columbian Pottery in Venezuela

    Pre-Hispanic pottery figurines from north-central Venezuela islands and mainland were analysed by neutron activation analysis (INAA and PGAA) at the Budapest Research to establish their provenience. In order to classify the samples of figurines, characteristic molecular and atomic components were determined. Several mass ratios were calculated for significant classification of the object of two origins. Results shed light on the origin of island figurines and suggest specific areas of their production on the mainland, contributing to better understanding of late pre-Hispanic migration patterns in the southeastern Caribbean region

  1. Multielemental analysis of metallurgical samples by thermal neutron activation

    Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) was applied to investigate a total of 16 samples of raw materials, intermediate and final products involved in metallurgical processes in Romanian Iron and Steel Works Sidex Galatzy; iron ores and pellets from different regions of the world cast iron, slag and steels. A series of chemical elements was determined in the analyzed samples: Al, As, Ce, Co, Cr, Fe, La, Mn, Na, Sc, Sm, V, W. A qualitative discussion regarding the passing of some elements with different chemical affinity for oxygen compared to that of iron, from the raw materials to slag or to finite products is presented. (author). 11 refs., 2 tabs

  2. INAA of toxic heavy metals in solid wastes from Indian cities

    Solid wastes and sewage sludges in metropolitan cities are potential health hazards due to toxic heavy metal pollutants. Sewage sludges from six Indian cities viz., Ahmedabad, Bikaner, Bombay, Calcutta, Jaipur, Kanpur and solid wastes from six different disposal sites of the capital city of Delhi have been analyzed for 26 elements (As, Au, Ba, Br, Co, Cr, Cs, Cu, Eu, Fe, Hg, Hf, K, La, Mg, Mn, Mo, Na, P, Rb, Sb, Sc, Se, Sr, Th and Zn) by employing instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). Sewage sludges from Bombay after different treatments (settled, digested, aerobic, anaerobic) along with several environmental SRMs were also analyzed. An attempt has been made to attribute the pollutant sources to the degree of urbanisation and industrialization of the city. Role of treatment processes in the removal/retention of heavy metals is discussed. (author)

  3. Determination of trace elements in coffee beans and instant coffee of various origins by INAA

    Extensive use of coffee, by one-third of world's population, entails the evaluation of trace element contents in it. Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) was successfully employed to determine the concentration of 20 trace elements (essential, toxic and nonessential) in four samples of coffee beans of various origins and two instant coffee brands most commonly consumed in Pakistan. Base-line values of certain toxic and essential elements in coffee are provided. The daily intake of essential and toxic elements through coffee was estimated and compared with the recommended values. The cumulative intake of Mn is four times higher than the recommended value and that of toxic elements is well below the tolerance limits. (author)

  4. Collimated scanning LS-INAA for testing trace elements homogeneity in Brazilian coffee beans

    The degree of homogeneity is normally assessed by the variability of the results of independent analyses of several (e.g., 15) normal-scale replicates. Large sample instrumental neutron activation analysis (LS-INAA) with a collimated Ge detector allows inspecting the degree of homogeneity of the initial batch material, using a kilogram-size sample. The test is based on the spatial distributions of induced radioactivity. Such test was applied to samples of Brazilian whole (green) coffee beans (Coffea arabica and Coffea canephora) of approximately 1 kg in the frame of development of a coffee reference material. Results indicated that the material do not contain significant element composition inhomogeneities between batches of approximately 30-50 g, masses typically forming the starting base of a reference material. (author)

  5. PIXE and INAA studies on ancient potteries from Guangfulin relics in Shanghai

    2007-01-01

    This paper reports the study of ancient potteries unearthed from the Guangfulin site in Shanghai. From the external features of these potteries, archeologists can classify them into two different cultural types: Liangzhu culture (local culture) and a new culture which might be derived elsewhere, but they can not recognize whether they were produced in the same place. Proton induced X-ray emission (PIXE) and instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) were used to measure the chemical compositions of the samples and the results were analyzed using multivariate statistics. We found that the two methods can complement each other and their database can be mutually referenced in the study of ancient potteries. Experimental results show that the compositions of the potteries from the two cultural types are different, which means that the materials for ancient potteries of new culture originate from elsewhere. This supports the archaeologists' speculation that a group of ancient people migrated to Shanghai from some other places 4000 years ago.

  6. From misconception to a must. The measured merits of total quality management and accreditation in INAA

    Increasingly governmental bodies and industry require that supporting analytical laboratories have their quality assurance program implemented in a quality system by international standards such as derived from the ISO-25 guide. Neutron activation analysis (NAA) laboratories may have to deal with this trend too. In universities and research laboratories the need for it, and the implications of total quality management system are sometimes misconceived by unfamiliarity with the issue. The laboratory for INAA in Delft has been accredited for its quality system since 1993. Some of the tangible improvements since the introduction of quality management are presented. Four strategical considerations are given to consider the introduction of quality management at NAA laboratories, viz. with respect to the role of NAA for the validation of other methods, the role of NAA in the certification of reference materials, the preservation of knowledge and the acceptance of NAA as a respectable method. (author)

  7. Assessment of Elemental Content in Airborne Particulate Matter in Bratislava Atmosphere using INAA and AAS

    Meresova, J.; Florek, M.; Frontasyeva, M. V.; Pavlov, S. S.; Holy, K.; Sykora, I.

    2007-11-01

    The wide range concentration of elements including heavy metals, halogens and rare earths in airborne particulate matter were investigated. Sixteen samples were collected on filters in Meteorological station, Comenius University Bratislava (Slovak Republic) in different seasons. Using instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) the concentrations of 29 elements (Na, Al, Cl, K, Ca, Sc, Ti, V, Mn, Fe, Ga, As, Se, Br, Rb, In, Sb, I, Cs, Ba, La, Sm, Dy, Tm, W, Au, Hg, Th, U) were determined. The concentrations of other 6 elements (Cr, Ni, Cu, Zn, Cd, Pb) were measured by atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS). The obtained results allow us to better understand the dynamic processes in the atmosphere and to quantify the air pollution and its trends.

  8. Air Pollution Studies in Opole Region, Poland, using the Moss Biomonitoring and INAA

    Korzekwa, S.; Pankratova, Yu. S.; Frontasyeva, M. V.

    2007-11-01

    Biomonitoring of heavy metal atmospheric deposition with terrestrial moss is a well established technique for environmental studies. Moss samples of Hylocomium splendens and Pleurozium schreberi have been collected around the city of Opole. A total of 34 elements including heavy metals and rare earths have been determined by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) using epithermal neutrons at the IBR-2 reactor of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research. We observe pronounced contamination of the sampled area with pollutants such as As, Sb, V, Ni, Mo, etc. at levels similar to those in the neighboring industrial regions. These results evidences long-range atmospheric transport of pollutants along with the influence of local pollution sources.

  9. Elemental content of feldspar from Eastern Desert, Egypt, determined by INAA and XRF.

    El-Taher, A

    2010-06-01

    Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) and HPGe detector gamma-spectroscopy were used to determine a total of 16 elements qualitatively and quantitatively for the first time from feldspar rock samples collected from Gabel El Dubb, Eastern desert, Egypt. The elements determined are (Na, Mg, K, Sc, Ga, Cr, Fe, Co, Zn, Nb, Ba, Ce, Eu, Hf, Th and U). The samples were properly prepared together with their standard reference material and simultaneously irradiated by thermal neutrons at the TRIGA Mainz research reactor at a neutron flux of 7x10(11)n/cm(2)s. XRF was also used. Comparison of the results obtained by both techniques showed good agreement for such elements as K, Na, Fe, Mg, Ba and Cr. PMID:20185321

  10. Elemental content of feldspar from Eastern Desert, Egypt, determined by INAA and XRF

    El-Taher, A. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Al-Azher University, Assuit Branch, 71542 Assuit (Egypt)], E-mail: Atef_eltaher@hotmail.com

    2010-06-15

    Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) and HPGe detector {gamma}-spectroscopy were used to determine a total of 16 elements qualitatively and quantitatively for the first time from feldspar rock samples collected from Gabel El Dubb, Eastern desert, Egypt. The elements determined are (Na, Mg, K, Sc, Ga, Cr, Fe, Co, Zn, Nb, Ba, Ce, Eu, Hf, Th and U). The samples were properly prepared together with their standard reference material and simultaneously irradiated by thermal neutrons at the TRIGA Mainz research reactor at a neutron flux of 7x10{sup 11} n/cm{sup 2} s. XRF was also used. Comparison of the results obtained by both techniques showed good agreement for such elements as K, Na, Fe, Mg, Ba and Cr.

  11. Air pollution at an urban traffic tunnel in Lisbon, Portugal-an INAA study

    In this study, the results of chemical concentrations inside and outside of a Lisbon (Portugal) traffic tunnel were compared, during one week. They were obtained by Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA). The tunnel values largely exceed the Air Ambient legislated values and the Pearson Correlations Coefficients point out to soil re-suspension/dispersed road dust (As, Ce, Eu, Hf, Fe, Mo, Sc, Zn), traffic-markers (Ba, Cr), tire wear (Cr, Zn), break wear (Fe, Zn, Ba, Cu, Sb), exhaust and motor oil (Zn) and sea-spray (Br, Na). On all days these elements inside the tunnel were more enriched than outside; significant statistical differences were found for Co (p=0.005), Br (p=0.008), Zn (p=0.01) and Sb (p=0.005), while enrichment factors of As and Sc are statistically identical. The highest values were found for As, Br, Zn and Sb, for both inside and outside the tunnel.

  12. Multi-element analysis of emeralds and associated rocks by k(o) neutron activation analysis

    Acharya; Mondal; Burte; Nair; Reddy; Reddy; Reddy; Manohar

    2000-12-01

    Multi-element analysis was carried out in natural emeralds, their associated rocks and one sample of beryl obtained from Rajasthan, India. The concentrations of 21 elements were assayed by Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis using the k0 method (k0 INAA method) and high-resolution gamma ray spectrometry. The data reveal the segregation of some elements from associated (trapped and host) rocks to the mineral beryl forming the gemstones. A reference rock standard of the US Geological Survey (USGS BCR-1) was also analysed as a control of the method. PMID:11077961

  13. Homogeneity study on biological candidate reference materials: the role of neutron activation analysis

    Silva, Daniel P.; Moreira, Edson G., E-mail: dsilva.pereira@usp.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2015-07-01

    Instrumental Neutron activation Analysis (INAA) is a mature nuclear analytical technique able to accurately determine chemical elements without the need of sample digestion and, hence, without the associated problems of analyte loss or contamination. This feature, along with its potentiality use as a primary method of analysis, makes it an important tool for the characterization of new references materials and in the assessment of their homogeneity status. In this study, the ability of the comparative method of INAA for the within-bottle homogeneity of K, Mg, Mn and V in a mussel reference material was investigated. Method parameters, such as irradiation time, sample decay time and distance from sample to the detector were varied in order to allow element determination in subsamples of different sample masses in duplicate. Sample masses were in the range of 1 to 250 mg and the limitations of the detection limit for small sample masses and dead time distortions for large sample masses were investigated. (author)

  14. Homogeneity study on biological candidate reference materials: the role of neutron activation analysis

    Instrumental Neutron activation Analysis (INAA) is a mature nuclear analytical technique able to accurately determine chemical elements without the need of sample digestion and, hence, without the associated problems of analyte loss or contamination. This feature, along with its potentiality use as a primary method of analysis, makes it an important tool for the characterization of new references materials and in the assessment of their homogeneity status. In this study, the ability of the comparative method of INAA for the within-bottle homogeneity of K, Mg, Mn and V in a mussel reference material was investigated. Method parameters, such as irradiation time, sample decay time and distance from sample to the detector were varied in order to allow element determination in subsamples of different sample masses in duplicate. Sample masses were in the range of 1 to 250 mg and the limitations of the detection limit for small sample masses and dead time distortions for large sample masses were investigated. (author)

  15. Instrumental neutron activation analysis for essential and toxic elements in Kenitra city (Morocco) foods

    The aim of this study is to evaluate the sensitivity of Ko-method of Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis for minor, trace and toxic elements in the most consumed foodstuff purchased from large commercial markets in Kenitra's city (Morocco) which has been chosen for a pilot project on food monitoring in the west of Morocco. Samples have been analyzed by Ko-INAA method using TRIGA Mark II reactor at Josef Stefan Institute in Slovenia. The quality control of results was assessed using the Standard Reference Material SRM 1547 (Peach leaves). Results show an adequate sensitivity for the most studied elements in foodstuffs except for beef, onion and whole wheat which show a high sensitivity factor for Cd and As. INAA seems to be an adequate choice for element analysis in foodstuffs. (author)

  16. Major and minor elements analysis in soil samples by neutron activation analysis and X-ray fluorescence

    In the present work, Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) and X-Ray Fluorescence were employed to analyze major and minor elements in soil samples collected near Bandeirantes road. Elements of environmental interest, such as Al, Sb, As, Ba, Cd, Pb, Co, Cu, Cr, Fe, Mn, Mo, Ni, Se, V and Zn, which have reference background levels, were determined. The samples were dried in an oven at 40 deg C, were sieved (<2 mm), grinded and were analyzed by INAA and FRX. The aims of this work were: to evaluate the possible variations in the concentration levels in soil due to emission of particulate from vehicles and other anthropogenic sources; to compare the results obtained by using both techniques. This preliminary study showed that the concentration levels of the elements of environmental interest agree with reference values for tropical soils in the sampling sites, except for Ba, which presented higher values. (author)

  17. Evaluation of medicinal potential of medicinal plants and herbs in terms of nutritional elements analysis using INAA; under thermal neutrons irradiation, and ICPS

    Radioactivity is the phenomenon of spontaneous emission of short waves radiations. It is toxic to Bio Organisms. But it can be used to analyze toxic as well as Nutritional Elements, when powdered sample of plants and herbs irradiated with thermal neutrons (γ-radiation). The Nutritional Elements Acquire Artificial radioactivity and emits radiation which is used to analyze the Elements by Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis. Plants and Herbs use known to be reservoir of various metabolite. Minerals are primary metabolite and play vital role in the regulation of the metabolic activity in the body as well as formation of body structure and skeleton. Many trace elements play a vital role in the general well being as well as cure of diseases. Role of metals in curing ailment was first realized in Ayurveda. It is reviewed that the herbal medicines can supply the deficient element in a bioavailable form and the person suffering from its deficiency can be easily cured. Therefore an attempt has been made to evaluate the Medicinal Potential in some medicinal herbs use as brain tonic by using Induced Couple Plasma Spectroscopy, Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis. We have analyzed sixteen medicinal herbs for four bulk elements (Na, K, Ca, Mg) and nine trace elements (Fe, Cr, Mn, Co, Cu, Zn, Ni, Cd, Pb). In order to check quality assurance and validation of elemental data eight biological standard Reference Materials (BSRMS) are also analyzed. Accuracy and precision measurements were carried out by replicate analysis. Our data should be reliable within ± 10%. On the basis of elemental data in sixteen medicinal herbs commonly used as brain tonic and vitalizer, it is concluded that Amala, Gokshur, Yastimadhu, Sankhpuspi most enriched in Fe, Ca, Mg and other nutritional elements specially Mn, Cu, Zn,. No particular herb is enriched in all elements. Elemental contents of environmental contaminants such Ni, Cd, Pb, Hg, are minimal so as not to cause any harm to our body

  18. Monitoring environmental pollution by ko-INAA for environmental protection in Indonesia

    Regarding to the 2005-2007FNCA program decided, the NAA technique based on the ko-method has been used to determine a concentration of pollutant as function of time and location. This program carries out to monitor a pollutant in the marine environmental sample. Marine samples of sediment, seawater and a clamp, as well as, a green oyster collected from a selected location at north of Banten province and the Bay of Jakarta. Sampling have been carried out twice a year. For background, same sample have been collected at the sampling point located at south-west of Banten. Sediment and biota sample were prepared for NAA determination, meanwhile seawater have been prepared for polarographic measurement. Marine Sediment and biota samples, as well as flux monitor, have been irradiated at a rabbit system facility of RSG GA Siwabessy reactor with a thermal neutron flux of about 2.6.10+17 n.m-2.s-1. Identification of (n, γ) reaction product has been done using a high resolution HPGe detector coupled to a multichannel analyzer. Analysis of γ-ray emitted by activation product have been done using Hyperlab software, while the elemental quantitative analysis have been done by the ko-INAA procedure using ko-IAEA software. The analytical quality was controlled by use of certified reference material of NIST 2702 Marine Sediment, SRM NIST 1566b Oyster Tissue, crm NMIJ 7302a Sediment and CRM No. 9 Sargasso. As preliminary result, the numbers of interested elements in sediments samples were determined to be of about 20 and should be presented in this workshop. Some results of ko-INAA assessment will also be reported and discussed. (author)

  19. Recent developments in the INAA advance prediction computer program

    Full text: The INAA APCP developed at U.C. Irvine and tested experimentally with the UCI 250 kW TRIGA Mark I reactor has been very successful and useful. Commencing several years ago, copies of it have been distributed to many laboratories that requested them, quite a few of whom have put the program to good use. The BASIC-PLUS program (run earlier at UCI on a PDP-11/45) includes all (n, γ) products, for both thermal-and-epithermal-neutron fluxes. The more extensive FORTRAN-IV program (run earlier at UCI on a DEC-10) - also includes fission-spectrum and 14 MeV-neutron fast-neutron products. The most recent extension of the INAA APCP, to be discussed, is an (n, γ) program for high-intensity (e.g., 1000 MW) TRIGA pulses. At present, both the steady-state and pulsing (n, γ) programs are being rewritten for use with an IBM (or IBM-compatible) Personal Computer. Once the PC version of the steady-state (both thermal and epithermal) APCP is operational, processing of a large number of reference materials of interest to activation analysts (NGS SRM's, IAEA and USGS reference materials, etc.) will be continued and the compiled results made available. (author)

  20. Multianalytical determination of trace elements in atmospheric biomonitors by k{sub 0}-INAA, ICP-MS and AAS

    Freitas, M.C. [ITN-Reactor, Technological and Nuclear Institute, E.N. 10, 2686-953 Sacavem (Portugal)]. E-mail: cfreitas@itn.pt; Pacheco, A.M.G. [CVRM-IST, Technical University of Lisbon, Av. Rovisco Pais 1, 1049-001 Lisbon (Portugal); Dionisio, I. [ITN-Reactor, Technological and Nuclear Institute, E.N. 10, 2686-953 Sacavem (Portugal); Sarmento, S. [ITN-Reactor, Technological and Nuclear Institute, E.N. 10, 2686-953 Sacavem (Portugal); Baptista, M.S. [CIIMAR, University of Porto, R. Bragas 289, 4050-123 Porto (Portugal); Vasconcelos, M.T.S.D. [CIIMAR, University of Porto, R. Bragas 289, 4050-123 Porto (Portugal); Chemistry Department, University of Porto, R. Campo Alegre 687, 4169-071 Porto (Portugal); Cabral, J.P. [CIIMAR, University of Porto, R. Bragas 289, 4050-123 Porto (Portugal); Botany Department, University of Porto, R. Campo Alegre 1191, 4150-181 Porto (Portugal)

    2006-08-15

    Elemental contents of atmospheric biomonitors-epiphytic lichens and tree bark, exposed in continuous and discontinuous modes-have been assessed through k{sub 0}-standardised instrumental neutron activation analysis (k{sub 0}-INAA) (two different institutions), inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS). Certified reference materials-ISE-921 (river clay), NIST-1547 (peach leaves), ICHTJ-INCT-TL-1 (tea leaves; TL-1 hereinafter) and IAEA-336 (lichen material), and nonparametric statistics-rank-order correlations (Spearman R{sub S}) and enhanced-sign tests (Wilcoxon T)-were used for analytical control and data comparison, respectively. In general, quality of procedures was deemed good, except for k{sub 0}-INAA in determining Br, Cu and Na, all likely affected by high counting statistics, and/or contamination issues (the latter). Results for Cu, Ni, Pb and Sr (by both ICP-MS and AAS) revealed that, despite an outstanding correlation (asymptotic p=0.000), they could be viewed as statistically equal for Cu only: AAS tended to yield higher values for Pb and Ni, and lower ones for Sr. The comparison between ICP-MS and k{sub 0}-INAA data from TUDelft, for Al, Ca, Cu, Mg, Mn, Na, Ti and V, showed an excellent correlation (as above) and random (relative) magnitude for Cu, Mg, Mn and Ti only: ICP-MS tended to yield higher values for Al, Na and V, and lower ones for Ca, whereas between k{sub 0}-INAA data from TUDelft and ITN, for Br, Ca and Na, resulted in systematically higher [Br] and [Ca] variates from TUDelft, even if all corresponding data sets were found to correlate at stringent significance levels. In a few cases, though-Ca, Sr in lichens; Pb in bark-matrix effects did appear to interfere in the outcome of matched-pairs, signed-rank tests, since random hierarchy of variates could be asserted just when lichen and bark data sets were processed separately.

  1. Neutron activation analysis of essential and toxic elements in sludge from city water treatment

    Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) method was used to determine the concentrations of 38 elements (Ag, Al, As, Au, Ba, Br, Ca, Ce, Cl, Co, Cr, Cs, Cu, Eu, Fe, Hf, Hg, K, La, Lu, Mn, Na, Ni, Rb, Sb, Sc, Se, Sm, Sr, Ta, Tb, Th, Ti, U, V, W, Yb, Zn) in three sludge samples resulting after city water treatment (WT-L, WT-M, WT-H). These samples were provided by the Institute of Radioecology and Applied Nuclear Techniques from Kosice (Slovakia), in the frame of an intercomparison exercise. Our laboratory data are presented, with respect to the intercomparison values, to emphasize the analytical performances obtained by INAA at WWR-S reactor of NIPNE in Bucharest. (author)

  2. Nuclear data and the effects of its inconsistency on instrumental neutron activation analysis

    In this study, we examine the role of nuclear data in Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) particularly as it affects determination of reactor flux parameters and application of comparator methods. The work reviewed the available sources of nuclear data, the variations that exist from one source to the other and the effects of such variations on INAA. Measurement of Neutron flux parameters in inner and outer irradiation channel of a miniature neutron source reactor was carried out using two independent nuclear data sources to investigate the effects of inconsistency of nuclear data on the precision of analytical result. The result obtained shows a slight variation of flux parameters with nuclear data source. It was also observed that modification of the earlier compiled basic nuclear data lead to inconsistencies in the secondary data that applies it. (author)

  3. A quality assurance programme for the determination of selenium in foods by instrumental neutron activation analysis

    Selenium is unevenly distributed through the biosphere. The levels, species and bioavailability of selenium in foods depend greatly on the geochemical environment in which they are grown. Variation in geochemical conditions can not only lead to certain diseases in animals but also influence the selenium body burden in humans. For these reasons, there is an increasing interest in monitoring selenium levels in foods and diets. A quality assurance programme has been developed for the determination of low levels of selenium in foods and diets by cyclic and pseudo-cyclic instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) using the short-lived (half-life = 17.4 s) 77Sem nuclide. Both conventional and anti-coincidence gamma ray spectrometry techniques have been employed. Pseudo-cyclic INAA in conjunction with anti-coincidence counting has been found to provide the most reliable results. Internal and external quality assessments have been done using a number of parameters. (author)

  4. Study of trace metals in phosphorite by instrumental neutron activation analysis

    Methods to determine U, Th and other constituent elements in mineral matrices by the instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) have been widely developed. The precise knowledge of these constituent elements is very important for the nuclear technology development. This justifies the use of a technique capable to extract information from small samples. The present work aimed the study of the phosphorites deriving from the State of Pernambuco (PE, Brazil). Its uranium concentration corresponds to one of the highest values found in industrial exploration of phosphate rocks. An experimental methodology based on the INAA associated to the cluster technique was developed. Concentrations of 22 different elements present in the ore were determined with less than 10% uncertainty. The results have shown high correlations in behavior between uranium and rare earth metals. However, the inverse was noted in relation to transition metals. These results indicate the applicability of this method to determine concentrations as well as to classify correlated element groups in mineral matrices. (Author)

  5. Neutron activation analysis of essential elements in Multani mitti clay using miniature neutron source reactor

    Multani mitti clay was studied for 19 essential and other elements. Four different radio-assay schemes were adopted for instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) using miniature neutron source reactor. The estimated weekly intakes of Cr and Fe are high for men, women, pregnant and lactating women and children while intake of Co is higher in adult categories and Mn by pregnant women. Comparison of MM clay with other type of clays shows that it is a good source of essential elements. - Highlights: ► Multani mitti clay has been studied for 19 essential elements for human adequacy and safety using INAA and AAS. ► Weekly intakes for different consumer categories have been calculated and compared with DRIs. ► Comparison of MM with other type of clays depict that MM clay is a good source of essential elements.

  6. Instrumental neutron activation analysis data for cloud-water particulate samples, Mount Bamboo, Taiwan

    Lin, Neng-Huei; Sheu, Guey-Rong; Wetherbee, Gregory A.; Debey, Timothy M.

    2013-01-01

    Cloud water was sampled on Mount Bamboo in northern Taiwan during March 22-24, 2002. Cloud-water samples were filtered using 0.45-micron filters to remove particulate material from the water samples. Filtered particulates were analyzed by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) at the U.S. Geological Survey National Reactor Facility in Denver, Colorado, in February 2012. INAA elemental composition data for the particulate materials are presented. These data complement analyses of the aqueous portion of the cloud-water samples, which were performed earlier by the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, National Central University, Taiwan. The data are intended for evaluation of atmospheric transport processes and air-pollution sources in Southeast Asia.

  7. Instrumental neutron activation analysis applied to the chemical composition of steel

    In the technological application of steel, the knowledge of its chemical composition is of fundamental importance as it is directly related to various properties, such as, mechanical properties, corrosion resistance, temperability and others. Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis, INAA, is an appropriate technique in the evaluation of the chemical composition of steel and other metallurgical materials due to the possibility of simultaneous determination of a great number of elements without the inconvenience of sample dissolution. Element determination is achieved with good accuracy and precision for major and minor constituents as well as for trace elements. In this paper, INAA was used in the determination of As, Co, Cu, Mn, Mo, V and W in steel and iron samples and in certified reference materials. The obtained accuracy and precision were less than 10% for most of the elements confirming the possibility of its use in the study of metallic samples and in the certification of new reference materials. (author)

  8. Elemental analysis of soil and hair sample by instrumental neutron activation analysis

    Chung, Yong Sam; Quraishi, Shamshad Begum; Moon, Jong Hwa; Kim, Sun Ha; Baek, Sung Yeoil; Kang, Sang Hoon; Lim, Jong Myoung; Cho, Hyun Je; Kim, Young Jin

    2004-03-01

    Myanmar soil sample was analyzed by using the instrumental neutron activation analysis. The elemental concentrations in the sample, altogether 34 elements, Al As, Ba, Ce, Co, Cr, Cs, Eu, Fe, Ga, Gd, Hf, Ir, K, La, Lu, Mn, Na, Nd, Rb, Sb, Sc, Se, Sm, Th, Ti, V, Yb, Zn and Zr were determined. The concentration of 17 elements (Al, Au, Br, Ca, Cl, Cr, Cu, Co, Fe, Hg, K, Na, Mn, Mg, Sb, Se, Zn) in human hair samples were determined by INAA For quality control of analytical method, certified reference material was used.

  9. Elemental analysis of soil and hair sample by instrumental neutron activation analysis

    Myanmar soil sample was analyzed by using the instrumental neutron activation analysis. The elemental concentrations in the sample, altogether 34 elements, Al As, Ba, Ce, Co, Cr, Cs, Eu, Fe, Ga, Gd, Hf, Ir, K, La, Lu, Mn, Na, Nd, Rb, Sb, Sc, Se, Sm, Th, Ti, V, Yb, Zn and Zr were determined. The concentration of 17 elements (Al, Au, Br, Ca, Cl, Cr, Cu, Co, Fe, Hg, K, Na, Mn, Mg, Sb, Se, Zn) in human hair samples were determined by INAA For quality control of analytical method, certified reference material was used

  10. Application of instrumental neutron activation analysis to study ceramic fragments from Damascus Castle site, Syria

    Thirty-three archaeological ceramic fragment samples from Damascus Castle archaeological site, Damascus city, Syria, were analyzed using instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). 36 elements were determined. These elemental concentrations have been processed using two multivariate statistical methods, cluster and factor analysis in order to determine similarities and correlation between the various samples. Factor analysis confirms that 84.8% of the ceramics samples classified by cluster analysis are correctly classified by cluster analysis. The results provided persuasive evidence that Castle pottery used at least four different clay sources. Moreover, by means of systematic local analysis it will be clear whether these sources are local or not. (author)