Calculated shielding factors for selected European houses

Per Hedemann Jensen

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    Shielding factors for gamma radiation from activity deposited on structures and ground surfaces have been calculated with the computer model DEPSHIELD for single-family and multi-storey buildings in France, United Kingdom and Denmark. For all three countries it was found that the shielding factors for single-family houses are approximately a factor of 2-10 higher than those for buildings with five or more storeys. Away from doors and windows the shielding factors for French, British, and Danish single-family houses are in the range 0.03 -0.1, 0.06 - 0.4, and 0.07 - 0.3, respectively. The uncertainties of the calculations are discussed and DEPSHIELD-results are compared with other methods as well as with experimental results.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherRisø National Laboratory
    Number of pages33
    ISBN (Print)87-550-1081-4
    Publication statusPublished - 1984


    • Risø-M-2474
    • Apartment buildings
    • Computer calculations
    • Dose rates
    • External irradiation
    • Fallout deposits
    • Gamma radiation
    • Radiation doses
    • Shielding
    • Surface contamination
    • Surfaces
    • Houses

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