A rapid, simple method for the determination of the radon content of water

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The historical approach to the separation of radon from water is liberation of the radon from the sample by boiling under vacuum in the presence of a strong acid; flushing the liberated radon, with an inert gas, into an ionization chamber or an alpha proportional counters and measuring the collected activity. Such an analysis requires a manipulation time of approximately one hour, a waiting period of two to three hours before measurement to allow transitory equilibrium to be reached, and finally a measurement time, resulting in 4 to 6 hours for one analysis. In addition, specialized equipment including a vacuum ... continued below

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Thorburn, R. C. & Healy, J. W. June 29, 1950.

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The historical approach to the separation of radon from water is liberation of the radon from the sample by boiling under vacuum in the presence of a strong acid; flushing the liberated radon, with an inert gas, into an ionization chamber or an alpha proportional counters and measuring the collected activity. Such an analysis requires a manipulation time of approximately one hour, a waiting period of two to three hours before measurement to allow transitory equilibrium to be reached, and finally a measurement time, resulting in 4 to 6 hours for one analysis. In addition, specialized equipment including a vacuum train is required. If it is desired to count the alpha particles from radon and its daughters in a proportional counter, absorption trains to remove all oxygen, a poor counting gas, are required. The method presented herein requires only 20--25 minutes for a complete analysis and except for the beta counter utilizes standard laboratory equipment.

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  • Other Information: PBD: 29 Jun 1950

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  • Other: DE93017358
  • Report No.: HW--18321
  • Grant Number: AC06-76RL01830
  • DOI: 10.2172/10168870 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 10168870
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1384760

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Thorburn, R. C. & Healy, J. W. A rapid, simple method for the determination of the radon content of water, report, June 29, 1950; Richland, Washington. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1384760/: accessed January 15, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.