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The specific purpose Monte Carlo code McENL for simulating the response of epithermal neutron lifetime well logging tools

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3 Author(s)
T. H. Prettyman ; Center for Eng. Applications of Radioisotopes, North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC, USA ; R. P. Gardner ; K. Verghese

A new specific purpose Monte Carlo code called McENL for modeling the time response of epithermal neutron lifetime tools is described. The weight windows technique, employing splitting and Russian roulette, is used with an automated importance function based on the solution of an adjoint diffusion model to improve the code efficiency. Complete composition and density correlated sampling is also included in the code, and can be used to study the effect on tool response of small variations in the formation, borehole, or logging tool composition and density. An illustration of the latter application is given for the density of a thermal neutron filter. McENL was benchmarked against test-pit data for the Mobil pulsed neutron porosity tool and was found to be very accurate. Results of the experimental validation and details of code performance are presented

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IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science  (Volume:40 ,  Issue: 4 )