Total-Count Calibration Blocks for use in uranium Exploration

Leif Løvborg

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    Abstract

    Transportable calibration blocks for field scintillometers and borehole probes were manufactured from concrete and installed at calibration sites in Denmark and Greece. The concrete mixes were prepared from aggregates of quartz sand and crushed uranium-thorium ore. Hater-reducing agents and silica dust added to the cement paste produced concretes of acceptable porosity and pore structure. The content of ore was adjusted to provide block grades of approximately 2, 140, and 540 units of radioelement concentration (Ur). Thorium was estimated to contribute 0.39 ± 0.02 Ur per ppm Th. The adopted reference grades include concrete pore moisture and are normalized to an effective atomic number of 13. Grade instability due to radon emanation was not detected.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationRoskilde
    PublisherRisø National Laboratory
    Number of pages47
    ISBN (Print)87-55-00958-1
    Publication statusPublished - 1983
    SeriesDenmark. Forskningscenter Risoe. Risoe-R
    Number490
    ISSN0106-2840

    Keywords

    • Risø-R-490

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