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Title: Observations on using inside air concentrations as a predictor of outside air concentrations

Abstract

Here, excavations of radiological material were performed within confined structures with known operational parameters, such as a filtered exhaust system with known filtration efficiency. Given the known efficiency, the assumption could be made that the air concentrations of radioactivity measured outside the structure would be proportional to the air concentrations measured inside the structure. To investigate this assumption, the inside concentration data was compared with the outside concentration data. The correlation of the data suggested that the inside concentrations were not a good predictor of the outside concentrations. This poor correlation was deemed to be a result of operational unknowns within the structures.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [1]
  1. Idaho State Univ., Pocatello, ID (United States)
  2. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1246945
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-14-27860
Journal ID: ISSN 0017-9078
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC52-06NA25396
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Health Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 108; Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 0017-9078
Publisher:
Health Physics Society
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
61 RADIATION PROTECTION AND DOSIMETRY

Citation Formats

Hawkley, Gavin, Whicker, Jeffrey, and Harris, Jason. Observations on using inside air concentrations as a predictor of outside air concentrations. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.1097/HP.0000000000000223.
Hawkley, Gavin, Whicker, Jeffrey, & Harris, Jason. Observations on using inside air concentrations as a predictor of outside air concentrations. United States. doi:10.1097/HP.0000000000000223.
Hawkley, Gavin, Whicker, Jeffrey, and Harris, Jason. Wed . "Observations on using inside air concentrations as a predictor of outside air concentrations". United States. doi:10.1097/HP.0000000000000223. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1246945.
@article{osti_1246945,
title = {Observations on using inside air concentrations as a predictor of outside air concentrations},
author = {Hawkley, Gavin and Whicker, Jeffrey and Harris, Jason},
abstractNote = {Here, excavations of radiological material were performed within confined structures with known operational parameters, such as a filtered exhaust system with known filtration efficiency. Given the known efficiency, the assumption could be made that the air concentrations of radioactivity measured outside the structure would be proportional to the air concentrations measured inside the structure. To investigate this assumption, the inside concentration data was compared with the outside concentration data. The correlation of the data suggested that the inside concentrations were not a good predictor of the outside concentrations. This poor correlation was deemed to be a result of operational unknowns within the structures.},
doi = {10.1097/HP.0000000000000223},
journal = {Health Physics},
number = 4,
volume = 108,
place = {United States},
year = {Wed Apr 01 00:00:00 EDT 2015},
month = {Wed Apr 01 00:00:00 EDT 2015}
}

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