Robin Gardner

Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor of Nuclear and Chemical Engineering, Chief Scientist of CNEC, Director of CEAR

  • 919-515-3378
  • Burlington Laboratory 2110

Dr. Robin Gardner’s research interest is in industrial and medical radiation and radioisotope measurement applications. The general approach taken has been to develop detailed models (most often by Monte Carlo simulation), benchmark them with experimental data, and then use them for calibration or interpretation and optimum equipment design purposes. The areas of interest include the optimum design and use of short-lived radioisotope tracers for unit processes, nuclear gauges, nuclear analyzers, nuclear oil well logging devices and computed tomography devices. Stemming from this research there has been an undergraduate text publication and the Center for Engineering Applications of Radioisotopes has been established.

Education

Ph.D. 1961

Fuel Technology

Pennsylvania State University

M.S. 1958

Chemical Engineering

North Carolina State University

B.S. 1956

Chemical Engineering

North Carolina State University

Research Description

Dr. Gardner's research interest is in industrial and medical radiation and radioisotope measurement applications.

Publications

A method to improve the sensitivity of neutron porosity measurement based on D-T source
Liu, J. T., Zhang, F., Gardner, R. P., Hou, G. J., Zhang, Q. Y., Zhang, Y., Li, X. H., Li, H., & Hu, C. (2016), Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, 33, 879-884.
A method to evaluate hydraulic fracture using proppant detection
Liu, J. T., Zhang, F., Gardner, R. P., Hou, G. J., Zhang, Q. Y., & Li, H. (2015), Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 105, 139-143.
A new G-M counter hybrid dead-time correction model
Hou, G. J., & Gardner, R. P. (2015), Radiation Physics and Chemistry, 116, 125-129.
An analytical approach for treating background in spectral analysis measurements
Miller, I., Holmes, T. W., & Gardner, R. P. (2015), Radiation Physics and Chemistry, 116, 87-91.
Personal reflections on the highlights and changes in radiation and radioisotope measurement applications
Gardner, R. P., & Lee, K. O. (2015), Radiation Physics and Chemistry, 116, 28-31.
A dual system for monitoring the positions of multiple radioactive tracer pebbles in scaled pebble bed reactors
Wang, Z. J., Lee, K. O., & Gardner, R. P. (2014), Nuclear Technology, 185(3), 259-269.
On the ill-conditioning of the multiphase flow measurement by prompt gamma-ray neutron activation analysis
Meric, I., Johansen, G. A., Mattingly, J., & Gardner, R. P. (2014), Radiation Physics and Chemistry, 95, 401-404.
Prediction of pebble motion in pebble-bed reactors using Monte Carlo molecular dynamics simulation
Lee, K. O., & Gardner, R. P. (2013), Nuclear Science and Engineering, 174(3), 264-285.
Enhancement of the intrinsic gamma-ray stopping efficiency of Geiger-Muller counters
Meric, I., Johansen, G. A., Holstad, M. B., Calderon, A. F., & Gardner, R. P. (2012), Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section A, Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors, and Associated Equipment, 696, 46-54.
Monte Carlo simulation of the nonlinear full peak energy responses for gamma-ray scintillation detectors
Peeples, J. L., & Gardner, R. P. (2012), (Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 70 7) (pp. 1058-1062).

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Grants

Proposal for a Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(7/31/14 - 7/30/19)
Development of Computational Models of Tool Response to Neutron Sources for Radioisotope Source Replacement
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(7/25/13 - 12/31/13)
Associates Program - Nuclear Techniques in Oil Well Logging
Weatherford International Ltd.(1/01/13 - 12/31/13)
Associates Program - Nuclear Techniques in Oil Well Logging
China Oilfield Services Limited(1/01/12 - 12/31/15)
Associates Program - Nuclear Techniques in Oil Well Logging
Real Time Instruments (RTI)(1/01/12 - 12/31/12)
Development of Alternatives to the Radioisotope Neutron Sources Used in the Well Logging Industry
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(1/11/12 - 10/30/12)
Production of Gamma-Ray Spectral Libraries for Nuclear Threat Cargo Monitoring
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(6/01/10 - 5/31/15)
Development of Subspace-Based Hybrid Monte Carlo-Deterministic Algorithms For Reactor Physics Calculations
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC(10/01/09 - 9/30/13)
Mathematical Methods to Improve Detection and Identification of Radioactive Materials
Raytheon(8/14/08 - 6/01/10)
Associates Program-Nuclear Techniques in Oil Well Logging Supporting Center For Engineering Applications of Radiosotopes
Pathfinder Energy Services(7/01/08 - 12/31/10)