A new formulation of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) improved with 5% elemental boron has been unveiled by Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products (Quadrant EPP) for application in nuclear shielding for extra protection against neutron radiation. The newly developed Borotron® HD050 has a combination of boron within a matrix of HDPE, a naturally hydrogen rich material attenuate neutrons extremely well while boron has an affinity for absorbing thermalized neutrons. Quadrant EPP has developed a manufacturing process and proprietary testing methods that help ensure that the boron is evenly distributed for peak performance. Borotron plate is lighter than some other neutron shielding materials such as concrete, and easier to work with in construction than other options including water.
The applications of Borotron include shielding for radiation therapy rooms, where the product in plate form is integrated into the wall structure. Besides, the product can also be used by nuclear research centers, nuclear power plants, power generation areas in nuclear submarines, production areas for nuclear detection devices and the equipment itself, and spacecraft exposed to radiation.