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Sensors 2017, 17(5), 1090; doi:10.3390/s17051090

Radon Mitigation Approach in a Laboratory Measurement Room

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Department of Energy, University of Oviedo, Oviedo 33004, Spain
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Department of Industrial Engineering, Universidade da Coruña, Ferrol 15405, Spain
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Department of Mines Exploitation and Prospecting, University of Oviedo, Oviedo 33004, Spain
Current address: Department of Industrial Engineering, Universidade da Coruña, 15405 Coruña, Spain.
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Gonzalo Pajares Martinsanz
Received: 25 March 2017 / Revised: 20 April 2017 / Accepted: 8 May 2017 / Published: 11 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue State-of-the-Art Sensors Technology in Spain 2017)
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Abstract

Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer, causing thousands of deaths annually. It can be a problem for people or animals in houses, workplaces, schools or any building. Therefore, its mitigation has become essential to avoid health problems and to prevent radon from interfering in radioactive measurements. This study describes the implementation of radon mitigation systems at a radioactivity laboratory in order to reduce interferences in the different works carried out. A large set of radon concentration samples is obtained from measurements at the laboratory. While several mitigation methods were taken into account, the final applied solution is explained in detail, obtaining thus very good results by reducing the radon concentration by 76%. View Full-Text
Keywords: radon; mitigation; positive ventilation; sump system; sealing; radon reduction radon; mitigation; positive ventilation; sump system; sealing; radon reduction
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Blanco-Rodríguez, P.; Fernández-Serantes, L.A.; Otero-Pazos, A.; Calvo-Rolle, J.L.; de Cos Juez, F.J. Radon Mitigation Approach in a Laboratory Measurement Room. Sensors 2017, 17, 1090.

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