SUBJECT: | Ph.D. Proposal Presentation |

BY: | John Stooksbury |

TIME: | Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 1:00 p.m. |

PLACE: | https://bluejeans.com/857972571, N/A |

TITLE: | An Evolutionary Approach to Radiation Shielding Design and Optimization |

COMMITTEE: | Dr. Nolan Hertel, Chair (NRE) Dr. Anna Erickson (NRE) Dr. Steven Biegalski (NRE) Dr. Stephen Croft (ORNL) Dr. Walter Mcneil (K-State) |

SUMMARY
The time and cost of the development of radiation shielding systems can be greatly reduced by an automated tool which designs these systems by itself with minimal human input or interaction. Such an automated tool can be created by using a Genetic Algorithm (GA) coupled with a Response Matrix Method (RMM) transport solver. Radiation shielding problems typically have simple geometries concerning the shielding itself. Here, a 1-dimensional slab geometry RMM implementation is used to rapidly evaluate properties of radiation transmitted from some source through a mass of shielding material(s). |