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Title: LESSONS LEARNED IN AEROSOL MONITORING WITH THE RASA

Abstract

The Radionuclide Aerosol Sampler/Analyzer (RASA) is an automated aerosol collection and analysis system designed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in the 1990's and is deployed in several locations around the world as part of the International Monitoring System (IMS) required under the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). The RASA operates unattended, save for regularly scheduled maintenance, iterating samples through a three-step process on a 24-hour interval. In its 15-year history, much has been learned from the operation and maintenance of the RASA that can benefit engineering updates or future aerosol systems. On 11 March 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami rocked the eastern coast of Japan, resulting in power loss and cooling failures at the Daiichi nuclear power plants in Fukushima Prefecture. Aerosol collections were conducted with the RASA in Richland, WA. We present a summary of the lessons learned over the history of the RASA, including lessons taken from the Fukushima incident, regarding the RASA IMS stations operated by the United States.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1028070
Report Number(s):
PNNL-SA-82609
400403209; TRN: US1105319
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Proceedings of the 2011 Monitoring Research Review: Ground-Based Nuclear Explosion Monitoring Technologies, September 13-15, 2011, Tucson, Arizona, 2(LA-UR-11-04823):681–688
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; 98 NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT, SAFEGUARDS, AND PHYSICAL PROTECTION; AEROSOL MONITORING; AEROSOLS; CTBT; EARTHQUAKES; JAPAN; MAINTENANCE; MONITORING; NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS; NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS; RADIOISOTOPES; TSUNAMIS; RASA; IMS

Citation Formats

Forrester, Joel B., Bowyer, Ted W., Carty, Fitz, Comes, Laura, Eslinger, Paul W., Greenwood, Lawrence R., Haas, Derek A., Hayes, James C., Kirkham, Randy R., Lepel, Elwood A., Litke, Kevin E., Miley, Harry S., Morris, Scott J., Schrom, Brian T., Van Davelaar, Peter, and Woods, Vincent T. LESSONS LEARNED IN AEROSOL MONITORING WITH THE RASA. United States: N. p., 2011. Web.
Forrester, Joel B., Bowyer, Ted W., Carty, Fitz, Comes, Laura, Eslinger, Paul W., Greenwood, Lawrence R., Haas, Derek A., Hayes, James C., Kirkham, Randy R., Lepel, Elwood A., Litke, Kevin E., Miley, Harry S., Morris, Scott J., Schrom, Brian T., Van Davelaar, Peter, & Woods, Vincent T. LESSONS LEARNED IN AEROSOL MONITORING WITH THE RASA. United States.
Forrester, Joel B., Bowyer, Ted W., Carty, Fitz, Comes, Laura, Eslinger, Paul W., Greenwood, Lawrence R., Haas, Derek A., Hayes, James C., Kirkham, Randy R., Lepel, Elwood A., Litke, Kevin E., Miley, Harry S., Morris, Scott J., Schrom, Brian T., Van Davelaar, Peter, and Woods, Vincent T. Wed . "LESSONS LEARNED IN AEROSOL MONITORING WITH THE RASA". United States.
@article{osti_1028070,
title = {LESSONS LEARNED IN AEROSOL MONITORING WITH THE RASA},
author = {Forrester, Joel B. and Bowyer, Ted W. and Carty, Fitz and Comes, Laura and Eslinger, Paul W. and Greenwood, Lawrence R. and Haas, Derek A. and Hayes, James C. and Kirkham, Randy R. and Lepel, Elwood A. and Litke, Kevin E. and Miley, Harry S. and Morris, Scott J. and Schrom, Brian T. and Van Davelaar, Peter and Woods, Vincent T.},
abstractNote = {The Radionuclide Aerosol Sampler/Analyzer (RASA) is an automated aerosol collection and analysis system designed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in the 1990's and is deployed in several locations around the world as part of the International Monitoring System (IMS) required under the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). The RASA operates unattended, save for regularly scheduled maintenance, iterating samples through a three-step process on a 24-hour interval. In its 15-year history, much has been learned from the operation and maintenance of the RASA that can benefit engineering updates or future aerosol systems. On 11 March 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami rocked the eastern coast of Japan, resulting in power loss and cooling failures at the Daiichi nuclear power plants in Fukushima Prefecture. Aerosol collections were conducted with the RASA in Richland, WA. We present a summary of the lessons learned over the history of the RASA, including lessons taken from the Fukushima incident, regarding the RASA IMS stations operated by the United States.},
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year = {2011},
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