[ RadSafe ] Neutron Generator regulations

roseb at gdls.com roseb at gdls.com
Tue Aug 27 15:55:55 CDT 2013


The governing regulations depend on where the neutron generator is located 
or used, I assume you are inquiring about a generator that will be used in 
the US that is not used on a federal enclave, exclusive federal 
jurisdiction, DoD or DOE jurisdiction.

In Michigan, the governing regulations are:

Part 11  Particle Accelerator Installations (specifically, includes 
deuteron accelerators)
Part 13  Miscellaneous Sources (if Part 11 not applicable)

In Illinois, the governing regulations are:

Title 32: Energy, Chapter II: Illinois Emergency Management Agency, 
Subchapter B: Radiation Protection (in-general)
Part 390 Particle Accelerators (specifically)


Boyd H. Rose, CM, CIH, CHMM, EI 
Sr. Safety and Environmental Engineering Specialist 
Corporate Radiation Safety Officer 
General Dynamics Land Systems 
38500 Mound Road 
Mail Zone 436-10-75 
Sterling Heights , MI 48310-3269 
Tel: 586 825 4503 
Fax: 586 825 4015 
E-mail: roseb at gdls.com 

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[ RadSafe ] Neutron Generator regulations

What are the regulations regarding an electronic neutron generator? 
Something like a D-D fusion type.  It's possible to make one in a 
reasonably well equipped lab, so if someone did, what licensing and use 
regulations would apply?
Regulations on an x-ray machine are fairly clear (and they're  MUCH more 
common! - both the machines, and regs!).
I realize that "standard radiation dose limits" would apply, but most of 
the regulations I see are associated with the Tritium content of a D-T 
generator, is there anything special someone would have to do if they made 
a D-D neutron generator?

And yes, I realize that if it was done in a DOE facility their rules would 

Thanks in advance!
Brian Rees
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