A model for calculating radionuclide concentrations in the Fermilab industrial cooling water system

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Large particle accelerators such as those at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) unavoidably produce radionuclides in their bulk shielding and also require large volume process cooling water systems to handle electrical heat loads. The Neutrinos at the Main Injector (NuMI) beam facility came on line during CY 2005. After several months of initial operation of this facility, measurable concentrations of {sup 3}H as tritiated water were identified throughout the Industrial Cooling Water (ICW) system. This was the first identification of measurable concentrations of any radionuclide leaving the Fermilab site, motivating an extensive effort to understand these discharges in order ... continued below

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Cossairt, J.Donald October 1, 2007.

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Large particle accelerators such as those at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) unavoidably produce radionuclides in their bulk shielding and also require large volume process cooling water systems to handle electrical heat loads. The Neutrinos at the Main Injector (NuMI) beam facility came on line during CY 2005. After several months of initial operation of this facility, measurable concentrations of {sup 3}H as tritiated water were identified throughout the Industrial Cooling Water (ICW) system. This was the first identification of measurable concentrations of any radionuclide leaving the Fermilab site, motivating an extensive effort to understand these discharges in order to minimize environmental releases. As part of this work, a simple model of radionuclide concentrations in this system has been developed.

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  • Presented at 2008 Health Physics Society Midyear Topical Meeting - Radiaion-Generating Devices, Oakland, California, 27-30 Jan 2008

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  • Report No.: FERMILAB-CONF-07-539-ESH
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Cossairt, J.Donald. A model for calculating radionuclide concentrations in the Fermilab industrial cooling water system, article, October 1, 2007; Batavia, Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc879701/: accessed August 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.