Modelling radiation exposure in homes from siporex blocks by using exhalation rates of radon

Nuclear Technology and Radiation Protection. 2015;30(4):301-305 DOI 10.2298/NTRP1504301N

 

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Journal Title: Nuclear Technology and Radiation Protection

ISSN: 1451-3994 (Print); 1452-8185 (Online)

Publisher: VINCA Institute of Nuclear Sciences

LCC Subject Category: Technology: Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering | Science: Physics: Nuclear and particle physics. Atomic energy. Radioactivity

Country of publisher: Serbia

Language of fulltext: English

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AUTHORS

Nikolić Mladen D. (College of Applied Technical Sciences, Kruševac + Union - Nikola Tesla University, Belgrade)
Simović David R. (Union - Nikola Tesla University, Belgrade)
Zečević Milija (European University, Belgrade)
Cibulić Violeta V. (Union - Nikola Tesla University, Belgrade, Serbia)

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Blind peer review

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Time From Submission to Publication: 36 weeks

 

Abstract | Full Text

Building materials are the second major source of indoor radon, after soil. The contribution of building materials to indoor radon amount depends upon the radium content and exhalation rates, which can be used as a primary index for radon levels in the dwellings. This paper presents the results of using the experimentally determined exhalation rates of siporex blocks and concrete plates, to assess the radiation exposure in dwellings built of siporex blocks. The annual doses in rooms have been estimated depending on the established modes of ventilation. Realistic scenario was created to predict an annual effective dose for an old person, a housewife, a student, and an employed tenant, who live in the same apartment, spending different periods of time in it. The results indicate the crucial importance of good ventilation of the living space.