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Evaluation of Unfixed Tritium Surface Contamination

C. Postolache, Lidia Matei

Fusion Science and Technology / Volume 48 / Number 1 / July-August 2005 / Pages 413-415

Technical Paper / Tritium Science and Technology - Tritium Measurement, Monitoring, and Accountancy /

Surface unfixed radioactive contamination represents the amount of surface total radioactive contamination which can be eliminated by pure mechanical processes. This unfixed contamination represents the main risk factor for contamination of the personnel which operates in tritium laboratories. Unfixed contamination was determined using sampling smears type FPCSN-PSE-AA. Those FPCSN-PSE-AA smears are disks of expanded polystyrene which contain acrylic acid fragments superficially grafted. Sampling factor was determinated by contaminated surface wiping with moisten smears in 50 L butylic alcohol and activity measuring at liquid scintillation measuring device. Sampling factor was determined by the ratio between measured activity and initially real conventional activity. The sampling factor was determined for Tritium Laboratory existent surfaces: stainless steel, aluminum, glass, ceramics, linoleum, washable coats, epoxy resins type ALOREX LP-52.

The sampling factors and the reproducibility were determined in function of surface nature.

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