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Title: Real-Time Identification and Characterization of Asbestos and Concrete Materials with Radioactive Contamination

Abstract

Concrete and asbestos-containing materials were widely used in U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) building construction in the 1940s and 1950s. Over the years, many of these porous building materials have been contaminated with radioactive sources, on and below the surface. This intractable radioactive-and-hazardous-asbestos mixed-waste stream has created a tremendous challenge to DOE decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) project managers. The current practice to identify asbestos and to characterize radioactive contamination depth profiles in based solely on bore sampling, which is inefficient, costly, and unsafe. A three-year research project was started 1998 at Rensselaer with the following ultimate goals: (1) development of novel non-destructive methods for identifying the hazardous asbestos in real-time and in-situ, and (2) development of new algorithms and apparatus for characterizing the radioactive contamination depth profile in real-time and in-situ.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Environmental Management (EM) (US)
OSTI Identifier:
833002
Report Number(s):
EMSP-65004-2000
R&D Project: EMSP 65004; TRN: US200430%%955
DOE Contract Number:  
FG07-98ER62706
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 1 Jun 2000
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; ALGORITHMS; ASBESTOS; BUILDING MATERIALS; CONCRETES; CONSTRUCTION; CONTAMINATION; DECOMMISSIONING; DECONTAMINATION; SAMPLING

Citation Formats

Xu, George, and Zhang, Xi-Cheng. Real-Time Identification and Characterization of Asbestos and Concrete Materials with Radioactive Contamination. United States: N. p., 2000. Web. doi:10.2172/833002.
Xu, George, & Zhang, Xi-Cheng. Real-Time Identification and Characterization of Asbestos and Concrete Materials with Radioactive Contamination. United States. doi:10.2172/833002.
Xu, George, and Zhang, Xi-Cheng. Thu . "Real-Time Identification and Characterization of Asbestos and Concrete Materials with Radioactive Contamination". United States. doi:10.2172/833002. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/833002.
@article{osti_833002,
title = {Real-Time Identification and Characterization of Asbestos and Concrete Materials with Radioactive Contamination},
author = {Xu, George and Zhang, Xi-Cheng},
abstractNote = {Concrete and asbestos-containing materials were widely used in U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) building construction in the 1940s and 1950s. Over the years, many of these porous building materials have been contaminated with radioactive sources, on and below the surface. This intractable radioactive-and-hazardous-asbestos mixed-waste stream has created a tremendous challenge to DOE decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) project managers. The current practice to identify asbestos and to characterize radioactive contamination depth profiles in based solely on bore sampling, which is inefficient, costly, and unsafe. A three-year research project was started 1998 at Rensselaer with the following ultimate goals: (1) development of novel non-destructive methods for identifying the hazardous asbestos in real-time and in-situ, and (2) development of new algorithms and apparatus for characterizing the radioactive contamination depth profile in real-time and in-situ.},
doi = {10.2172/833002},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2000},
month = {6}
}

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