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Title: Assessment of radon-222 concentrations and exhalation rates of rocks and building materials
Authors: Arabi, A M El
Abbady, A
Ahmed, N K
Michel, R
Kamel, A H El
Abbady, A G E
Keywords: Radon
Building materials
Exhalation rates
Issue Date: Apr-2006
Publisher: CSIR
IPC CodeH01J65/08
Abstract:  One hundred samples were collected from two regions (Bir El-Sid and Wady El-Gemal ) in the Nile Valley. It contain various types of igneous and metamorphic rock samples (acidic dykes, intermediate dykes, basic dykes, serpentinite, metagabbro, menalge). Another set of samples were collected from different regions of Germany. Samples were analyzed and the concentrations in Bq/kg dry weight of radium were determined by gamma-ray spectrometry using hyper-pure germanium (HPGe) detector. A direct method is used to measure 222Rn emanated from the samples, which was analyzed in laboratory using the portable radon monitor Prassi. 222Rn activity concentrations (Bq/m3) were in the range from 36.1± 2 to 96.4 ± 6, 17.8 ± 3 to 73.6 ± 4 and 18.0 ± 2 to 188.1± 15 Bq/m3 for samples collected from Bir Elsid, Wadi El-Gemal and samples from Germany respectively. The corresponding values of exhalation rates were from 0.0012 to 0.004, 0.005 to 0.015 and 0.007 to 0.0069 Bq/gs for these areas respectively.
Page(s): 287-291
ISSN: 0975-1041 (Online); 0019-5596 (Print)
Source:IJPAP Vol.44(04) [April 2006]

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