Environmental consequences of atmosphereic krypton-85. Final report, January 1, 1977-September 30, 1979

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Krypton-85 is a radioactive inert gas produced during normal operations of the nuclear fuel cycle. The quantities of krypton-85, that will be produced in the next century, are sufficient, if released, to alter the electrical state of the atmosphere. The principal hypothesis is that an anthropogenic alteration of the electric state of the atmosphere could alter other meterological phenomena and lead to significant environmental impacts. The goal of this project was to explore some areas of basic science related to the evaluation of that hypothesis. The approach was primarily theoretical. The following topics were addressed: a first approximation model to ... continued below

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Boeck, W.L. January 1, 1979.

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Krypton-85 is a radioactive inert gas produced during normal operations of the nuclear fuel cycle. The quantities of krypton-85, that will be produced in the next century, are sufficient, if released, to alter the electrical state of the atmosphere. The principal hypothesis is that an anthropogenic alteration of the electric state of the atmosphere could alter other meterological phenomena and lead to significant environmental impacts. The goal of this project was to explore some areas of basic science related to the evaluation of that hypothesis. The approach was primarily theoretical. The following topics were addressed: a first approximation model to estimate the effects of krypton-85 on the electrical state of the atmosphere; an analysis of the pathways between krypton-85 production and the atmosphere; an analytical model for fair weather atmospheric electricity; and a dipole model for atmospheric electricity. The results will provide a framework on which detailed models can be built. The results should provide better understanding of some topics in atmospheric electricity.

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  • Report No.: COO-4364-2
  • Grant Number: EE-77-S-02-4364
  • DOI: 10.2172/5505936 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5505936
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1093784

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Boeck, W.L. Environmental consequences of atmosphereic krypton-85. Final report, January 1, 1977-September 30, 1979, report, January 1, 1979; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1093784/: accessed November 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.