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Title: Assessment of the natural radioactivity and its radiological hazards in some Egyptian rock phosphates
Authors: Abbady, A
Keywords: Radioactivity
Radiological hazard
Phosphate
Radionuclides
Issue Date: Jul-2005
Publisher: CSIR
IPC CodeG21F9/00
Abstract: Radioactivity of terrestrial radionuclides 226Ra, 232Th and 40K in phosphate rock samples has been measured using gamma ray spectrometry system with an HPGe detector. The samples showed fairly high mean concentrations, 410±39 Bq.kg-1 of 226Ra, 7.9±0.95 of 232Th and 37.6±4 of 40K. Mean absorbed gamma dose rate of 181.9±20 nGy.h-1 was measured in air. Assessment of radiological hazards was made by calculating radium equivalent activities with external and internal hazard indices. The calculations showed radium equivalent activity ranging from 317 to 520 Bq.kg-1. External and internal hazard indices ranging from 0.4 to 0.7 and 0.1 to 0.4, respectively. The results of the analysis have been found to be in a good agreement with the data obtained by others.
Page(s): 489-493
ISSN: 0975-1041 (Online); 0019-5596 (Print)
Source:IJPAP Vol.43(07) [July 2005]

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