Production of barite and boroncarbide doped radiation shielding polymer composite panels
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Developments in nuclear technology in the last century have lead to the use of radiation in diﬀerent areas of human activity. These are not just the energetics but also food, agriculture, medicine, industry and science. Thus, radiation has become an inevitable phenomenon in our lives. Since we cannot isolate radiation from our life, the radiation protection methods should be available. As alternatives to conventional radiation prevention methods, such as lead and heavy concrete shielding, more functional materials need to become the focus of research. The development of the least harmful to the environment, easily applicable, ﬂexible radiation shields has become very important. In this study, silicon matrix composite panels, doped with diﬀerent ratios of barite and boron carbide, were produced and characterized by optical and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Gamma and neutron radiation shielding properties of these materials were investigated. The results have been compared with the lead as the standard shielding material.