Finding the depth of radioactivity in construction materials

Joyce, Malcolm and Adams, Jamie and Heathcote, J. A. and Mellor, Matthew (2013) Finding the depth of radioactivity in construction materials. Proceedings of the ICE - Energy, 166 (2). pp. 67-73. ISSN 1751-4223

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A key challenge in disposing of nuclear legacy facilities and planning a new nuclear plant is how to assess the extent or likelihood of radioactive contamination in construction materials and the ground. This paper summarises the status of two techniques based on the analysis of emitted radiation from materials that comprise such structures, and describes how this analysis can be used to infer the depth of contamination without the need to penetrate the structure or to destroy it in the process. Two experimental facilities have been developed to test the efficacy of these techniques, and data are provided for the most widespread contaminant experienced in the sector: caesium-137. Finally, the influence on the technique of the likely variety of silica-based media to be encountered in the nuclear industry is described, together with a summary of challenges to be addressed in future research.

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Proceedings of the ICE - Energy
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