Experimental evaluation of gamma fluence-rate predictions from Argon-41 releases to the atmosphere over a nuclear research reactor site

C. Rojas-Palma, H.K. Aage, P. Astrup, K. Bargholz, M. Drews, Hans Ejsing Jørgensen, U. Korsbech, B. Lauritzen, T. Mikkelsen, S. Thykier-Nielsen, R. Van Ammel

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    Abstract

    An experimental study of radionuclide dispersion in the atmosphere has been conducted at the BR1 research reactor in Mol, Belgium. Artificially generated aerosols ('white smoke') were mixed with the routine releases of Ar-41 in the reactor's 60-m tall venting stack. The detailed plume geometry was measured with remote sensing (Lidar) of the aerosol plumes while surface radiation levels were measured under the plume using gamma detectors at downwind distances of up to 1500 in from the release point. A database was built with simultaneous measurements of plume geometry and radiation field from Ar-41 decay, together with in-situ measurements of meteorological parameters. The joint tracer/radiation experimental dataset has been subsequently used to evaluate the accuracy of predictions of dispersion parameters and gamma fluence rates obtained by the atmospheric dispersion and dose rate model RIMPUFF.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalRadiation Protection Dosimetry
    Volume108
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)161-168
    ISSN0144-8420
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2004

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