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Gamma Monitoring of Land Surfaces; Controle Gamma des Surfaces Terrestres; 0413 0410 041c 041c 0410 - 0414 ; Control de la Actividad Gamma en la Superficie del Terreno

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Abstract

Rapid monitoring of land surfaces is useful in delineating the area affected by an accident involving airborne contamination or detecting long-term contamination of the environment. A rugged monitor capable of making a continuous record when carried on a vehicle has been used for carrying out a pre-operational survey of the area surrounding the site of the NPD power reactor near Chalk River. It consists of an anthracene crystal {gamma}-ray detector with a photomultiplier, pulse-amplifier, counting-rate circuit, DC amplifier, 1-mA recorder train. This equipment weighs 28 kg and is mounted with two bolts on the bumper of a jeep. It can be dismounted and set up on a tripod at the same height above the ground. The mercury batteries are kept inside the vehicle. The circuitry is transistorized. A jig is fitted to carry a standard radium calibration source. The instrument is insensitive to cosmic radiation, and when the vehicle was driven at 16 km/h readings were 80% of those obtained if the counter was stationary. A road survey of the NPD reactor area, with readings also taken at fixed check points 100 m from the roadway and 3.2 km apart, showed that the recorded background radiation on the roads was  More>>
Authors:
Ophel, I. L.; Jones, A. R. [1] 
  1. Environmental Research and Radiation Dosimetry Branch, Division of Biology and Health Physics, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Chalk River, ON (Canada)
Publication Date:
Jul 01, 1960
Product Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Scientific Conference on the Disposal of Radioactive Wastes, Monaco (Monaco), 16-21 Nov 1959; Other Information: 1 ref., 2 figs.; Related Information: In: Disposal of Radioactive Wastes. Vol. II. Proceedings of the Scientific Conference on the Disposal of Radioactive Wastes| 586 p.
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; ANTHRACENE; BACKGROUND RADIATION; CHALK RIVER; COSMIC RADIATION; COUNTING RATES; DC AMPLIFIERS; NPD REACTOR; PULSE AMPLIFIERS; RADIATION MONITORING; RADIATION MONITORS; RADIOECOLOGICAL CONCENTRATION; RADIOECOLOGY; RADIONUCLIDE MIGRATION; TRAINS
OSTI ID:
22192426
Research Organizations:
International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (Austria); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Paris (France); Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome (Italy)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ISSN 0074-1884; TRN: XA13M3550016915
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
page(s) 339-343
Announcement Date:
Feb 20, 2014

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Ophel, I. L., and Jones, A. R. Gamma Monitoring of Land Surfaces; Controle Gamma des Surfaces Terrestres; 0413 0410 041c 041c 0410 - 0414 ; Control de la Actividad Gamma en la Superficie del Terreno. IAEA: N. p., 1960. Web.
Ophel, I. L., & Jones, A. R. Gamma Monitoring of Land Surfaces; Controle Gamma des Surfaces Terrestres; 0413 0410 041c 041c 0410 - 0414 ; Control de la Actividad Gamma en la Superficie del Terreno. IAEA.
Ophel, I. L., and Jones, A. R. 1960. "Gamma Monitoring of Land Surfaces; Controle Gamma des Surfaces Terrestres; 0413 0410 041c 041c 0410 - 0414 ; Control de la Actividad Gamma en la Superficie del Terreno." IAEA.
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title = {Gamma Monitoring of Land Surfaces; Controle Gamma des Surfaces Terrestres; 0413 0410 041c 041c 0410 - 0414 ; Control de la Actividad Gamma en la Superficie del Terreno}
author = {Ophel, I. L., and Jones, A. R.}
abstractNote = {Rapid monitoring of land surfaces is useful in delineating the area affected by an accident involving airborne contamination or detecting long-term contamination of the environment. A rugged monitor capable of making a continuous record when carried on a vehicle has been used for carrying out a pre-operational survey of the area surrounding the site of the NPD power reactor near Chalk River. It consists of an anthracene crystal {gamma}-ray detector with a photomultiplier, pulse-amplifier, counting-rate circuit, DC amplifier, 1-mA recorder train. This equipment weighs 28 kg and is mounted with two bolts on the bumper of a jeep. It can be dismounted and set up on a tripod at the same height above the ground. The mercury batteries are kept inside the vehicle. The circuitry is transistorized. A jig is fitted to carry a standard radium calibration source. The instrument is insensitive to cosmic radiation, and when the vehicle was driven at 16 km/h readings were 80% of those obtained if the counter was stationary. A road survey of the NPD reactor area, with readings also taken at fixed check points 100 m from the roadway and 3.2 km apart, showed that the recorded background radiation on the roads was very uniform, averaging 6 {mu}r/h. Check-point readings varied from 4.5 to 7.0 {mu}r/h. (author) [French] Un controle rapide des surfaces terrestres est utile pour delimiter la zone contaminee a la suite d'un accident ayant provoque une pollution radioactive de l'atmosphere, ou pour deceler une contamination a long terme du milieu ambiant. On a utilise un appareil tres resistant, capable d'assurer un enregistrement continu lorsqu'il est autoporte, et l'on a fait un controle de la zone entourant l'emplacement du reacteur de puissance NPD, pres de Chalk River, avant la mise en service de l'installation. L'appareil se compose d'un detecteur - cristal d'anthracene, photomultiplicateur et amplificateur - et d'un dispositif de mesure et d'enregistrement - amplificateur a courant continu, enregistreur 1 milliampere. L'ensemble, d'un poids de 28 kg, est fixe par deux boulons au pare-chocs d'une jeep. Il peut etre demonte et place sur un trepied, a la meme hauteur au-dessus du sol. Les batteries au mercure se trouvent a l'interieur du vehicule. Les circuits sont a transistors. Un support peut recevoir une source de radium etalonnee. L'appareil est insensible aux rayons cosmiques Inverted-Exclamation-Mark lorsque le vehicule roulait a 16 km/h, le taux de comptage etait de 80 pour cent par rapport a celui que l'on obtenait si l'appareil etait immobile. Un controle effectue sur les routes de la zone du reacteur NPD, ainsi qu'en des points de comparaison situes a 100 metres de la chaussee et a 3.2 km de distance, a montre que le rayonnement de fond enregistre sur les routes etait tres uniforme et que sa moyenne etait de 6 {mu}r/h. Les valeurs enregistrees aux points de comparaison etaient comprises entre 4,5 et 7,0 {mu}r/h. (author) [Spanish] Para deliminar la zona afectada por un accidente que origine la contaminacion del aire o detectar la contaminacion a largo plazo del medio ambiente, conviene controlar con rapidez la actividad de la superficie del terreno. Para llevar a cabo un control de la zona donde esta situado el reactor generador NPD, en las proximidades de Chalk River, antes de su entrada en funcionamiento, se ha utilizado un detector capaz de registrar sin interrupcion cuando es transportado en un vehiculo. Consiste en un cristal de antraceno, detector de rayos gamma, dotado de fotomultiplicador, amplificador de impulsos, circuito de recuento, amplificador de corriente continua y sistema registrador de 1 miliamperio. El aparato pesa 28 kilos y se monta por medio de dos pernos en el parachoques de un ''jeep''. Puede desmontarse y colocarse sobre un tripode, a la misma altura sobre el terreno que cuando esta instalado en el. automovil. Las baterias de mercurio permanecen dentro del vehiculo. Los circuitos estan provistos de transistores. Se ha acoplado un dispositivo para transportar una fuente patron de radio. El aparato es insensible a los rayos cosmicos y cuando el vehiculo se desplaza a 16 km/h las lecturas efectuadas representan el 80 por ciento de las obtenidas cuando el contador permanece inmovil. La medicion de la radiactividad en las carreteras que atraviesan la zona del reactor, acompanada de lecturas complementarias en puntos fijos de control distantes 100 metros de la carretera y 3.2 km entre si, ha demostrado que la radiacion ambiente en las carreteras es muy uniforme, alcanzando un promedio de 6 {mu}r/h. Los valores hallados en los puntos de control varian de 4,5 a 7,0 {mu}r/h. (author) [Russian] Bystroe provedenie dozimetricheskogo kontrolja zemnoj poverhnosti polezno dlja opredelenija razmerov ploshhadi, popavshej pod vozdejstvie radioaktivnogo zagrjaznenija vozduha ili dlja obnaruzhenija dlitel'nogo zarazhenija okruzhajushhej sredy. Dlja podgotovitel'nogo issledovanija mesta, kotoroe okruzhaet ploshhadku jenergeticheskogo rajona NPD okolo Chok-River, ispol'zovalsja massivnyj kontrol'nyj pribor, sposobnyj proizvodit' nepreryvnuju registraciju pri ustanovke ego na avtomobile. On sostoit iz antracenovogo kristallicheskogo schetchika gamma-luchej so shemoj fotoumnozhitelja usilenija impul'sov skorosti scheta - usilitel' postojannogo toka - 1 tA serija impul'sov samopisca.' Jeto oborudovanie vesit 28 kilogrammov i ustanavlivaetsja pri pomoshhi dvuh boltov na bufer villisa. Ego mozhno snjat' i ustanovit' na trenozhnike na takuju zhe vysotu nad zemlej. Vnutri avtomobilja ustanavlivaetsja rtutnaja batareja. Shemy rabotajut na poluprovodnikah. Dlja standartnogo istochnika radiokalibrovki ustanavlivajutsja zazhimnye prisposoblenija. Pribor ne chuvstvitelen k kosmicheskomu izlucheniju i pri skorosti dvizhenija mashiny 16 km/chas otschety dostigajut 80% teh, kotorye poluchajutsja pri nepodvizhnoj ustanovke schetchika. Obsledovanie dorogi na territorii NPD pri schete, snjatom takzhe na ustanovlennyh proverochnyh punktah v 100 metrah ot dorogi i v 3.2 km v storonu ot dorogi pokazalo, chto zafiksirovannyj fon izluchenija na dorogah byl ochen' shodnym i ravnjalsja v srednem 6 {mu}r/h. Pokazateli proverochnyh punktov kolebalis' ot 4,5 do 7,0 {mu}r/h. (author)}
place = {IAEA}
year = {1960}
month = {Jul}
}