Overview of the Full-Scale Radiological Dispersal Device Field Trials

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Authors
  1. Green, A.R.
  2. Erhardt, L.
  3. Lebel, L.
  4. Duke, M.J.M.
  5. Jones, T.
  6. White, D.
  7. Quayle, D.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Suffield Research Centre, Ralston AB (CAN)
Abstract
In 2012, Defence Research and Development Canada, in partnership with a number of other Canadian and International organizations, led a series of three field trials designed to simulate a Radiological Dispersal Device (RDD). These trials, known as the Full-Scale RDD (FSRDD) Field Trials, involved the explosive dispersal of a short-lived radioactive tracer (140La, t1/2 = 40.293 h). The FSRDD Field Trials required a significant effort in their planning, preparation, and execution to ensure that they were carried out in a safe, efficient manner and that the scientific goals of the trials were met. The discussion presented here details the planning and execution of the trials, outlines the relevant radiation safety aspects, provides a summary of the source term and atmospheric conditions for the three dispersal events, and provides an overview of the measurements that were made to track the plumes and deposition patterns.
Keywords
radiological dispersal devices;ground shine;ground deposition;emergency response
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2016-P034 — External Literature
Date of publication
19 Apr 2016
Number of Pages
15
DSTKIM No
CA042348
CANDIS No
803574
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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