The application of Monte Carlo modelling to downhole total-count logging of uranium

part II-High grade mineralisation

Bruce Dickson*, Geoff Beckitt

*Corresponding author for this work

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    Abstract

    Calibration facilities for total-count radiation probes used to measure high-grade uranium (> 2 %) are scarce and the conventional method using correction factors to convert to equivalent uranium has severe shortcomings. In this paper gamma-ray transport modelling is utilised to directly convert logging data into in situ U grade estimates, taking into account casing, water, borehole diameter, probe size and detector shielding corrections which at high U grades are dependent on the U grade itself. The method uses interpolation between modelled results and avoids the usual calibration factors. It is demonstrated using data collected at the Angela U deposit, Northern Territory, and at the Kintyre deposit, Western Australia. At the Kintyre deposit, the uranium grades exceed 20% and both unshielded and shielded NaI(Tl) detectors were tested, with the latter showing the best performance at high grades.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)199-205
    Number of pages7
    JournalExploration Geophysics
    Volume44
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Keywords

    • dead-time
    • gamma ray
    • GEANT
    • high grade
    • Kintyre
    • logging
    • modelling
    • uranium

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