• Accelerator driven systems from the radiological safety point of view

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      Radiation; shielding; accelerator driven systems; simulation codes; probabilistic safety analysis; failure mode effect and criticality analysis.

    • Abstract

       

      In the proposed accelerator driven systems (ADS) the possible use of several milliamperes of protons of about 1 GeV incident on high mass targets like the molten lead–bismuth eutectic is anticipated to pose radiological problems that have so far not been encountered by the radiation protection community. Spallation reaction products like high energy gammas, neutrons, muons, pions and several radiotoxic nuclides including Po-210 complicate the situation. In the present paper, we discuss radiation safety measures like bulk shielding, containment of radiation leakage through ducts and penetration and induced activity in the structure to protect radiation workers as well as estimation of sky-shine, soil and ground water activation, release of toxic gases to the environment to protect public as per the stipulations of the regulatory authorities. We recommend the application of the probabilistic safety analysis technique by assessing the probability and criticality of different hazard-initiating events using HAZOP and FMECA.

    • Author Affiliations

       

      P K Sarkar1 Maitreyee Nandy2

      1. Health Physics Unit, Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, 1/AF Bidhan Nagar, Kolkata 700 064, India
      2. Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, 1/AF Bidhan Nagar, Kolkata 700 064, India
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