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|Horia Hulubei National Institute for Physics and Nuclear Engineering, Romania|
|ScientificTracks Abstracts: J Nucl Med Radiat Ther|
|The paper describes the radiological impact on the workers who perform the decontamination of a hot cell from the VVR-S
nuclear research reactor (NR), used for production of radioisotopes during the operation of the NR. The assessment of dose
equivalent takes into account the used manual procedure to make the floor decontamination, due to the fact that the handling devices
are broken. Due to the contamination of the cell’s floor, three methods were used to determine the high radiation areas: (i) Ambient
dose equivalent measurements performed with portable digital survey meter with a gamma dose rate probe placed less 1 cm above
the surface; (ii) thermoluminescent dosimeters placed directly on surface; (iii) From each high radiation area, (about 100 cm2 square
surface) were taken samples and measured by gamma spectrometry to determine the radionuclides and corresponding activity used
to calculate the equivalent dose rate at the point where the operator was placed (about 70 cm from the measurement point). Six
hot points having the same order of magnitude for activity were identified and a seventh one with an activity with three order of
magnitude higher was identified. Although the measurement conditions were difficult, the results were in a satisfactory agreement,
validating the measurement. The dose rate assessment is for the worker who performs direct measurements of the ambient dose
equivalent and for that one who performs the decontamination of the contaminated area. The calculation hypotheses: (i) Sampling
yield for activity measurement is 10%; (ii) the activity is concentrated in the highest activity point, having a total activity equal with
the sum of all hot points. For the worker who measures contamination, the external penetrant dose equivalent is less than 0.13 mSv
for 5 minutes (3.78 mSv/h). For the worker who performs the decontamination (placed at about 45 cm from the contaminated area):
i) The external irradiation is 0.34 mSv (operation at about 12 minutes) and dose rate is 1.717 mSv/h; ii) the internal committed
effective dose, E(50) received by worker due to air inhalation is about 2.40 μSv based on the assumption that in the hot cell is spread
just 10-4 of the total activity and the worker wears a mask having a filter with a retention efficiency at 99%.
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2. R Deju, I Robu, M Dragusin, C Mazilu, C Tuca (2015) Selection tests for recycled radioactive sand obtaining method. Romanian Report in Physics 67(2) (accepted for publishing).
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Carmen Tuca has completed her Master’s in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics at University of Craiova, Faculty of Physics. Currently, she is a PhD student in Nuclear Physics at University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics. She is Scientific Researcher of IFIN-HH, at the Reactor Decommissioning Department, responsible for environmental, occupational health and safety problems. She has published more than 15 papers in scientific journals.
Email: [email protected]
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