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Radiation HazardsWhat is Radiation ? Radiation is energy in the process of being transmitted, which may take such forms as light, or tiny particles much too small to see. Visible light, the ultra-violet light we receive from the sun and from sun-beds, and transmission signals for TV and radio communications are all forms of radiation that are common in our daily lives. Nuclear radiation arises from hundreds of different kinds of unstable atoms.While many exist in nature, the majority are created in nuclear reactions. Ionizing radiation which can damage living tissue is emitted as the unstable atoms (radionuclides) change (decay) spontaneously to become different kinds of atoms.
Sources of Natural Radiation Cosmic radiation The global yearly average dose is 0.39 millisieverts Earths Crust The global yearly average is 0.46 millisieverts. Radon is a naturally radioactive gas that comes from the uranium that is widespread in the earths crust. The global yearly average dose is 1.3 millisieverts. Food and Drink The global yearly average dose of 0.23 millisieverts
Sources of Artificial Radiation Medical The global yearly average dose is 0.3 millisieverts. Environmental Radiation Nuclear and other industries The nuclear power industry For the public the global yearly average dose is 0.008 millisieverts.
General Radiation EffectsImpurity Impurity production,that is transmutation of nuclei into other nuclei which themselves may be radioactive; this mechanism is caused by neutrons through fission andactivation (capture).Impurities can also be deposited from the creation of hydrogen or helium when a proton or an alpha particle, respectively, becomes neutralized in the material of passage.Ionization That is, the removal of electrons from atoms in the material and the formation of ion pairs in the path of the charged particles.Large Energy Release in a small volume, which can result in thermal heating of the material. This may be especially important in those cases where the material is a radiation shield.
General Radiation EffectsAtom Displacement Atom Displacement from their normal position in the structure of the material displacement atoms may leave lattice vacancies or cause interchange of dissimilar atoms in the lattice structure. Displacement damage is the result of nuclear interactions, typically scattering, which cause lattice defects. Displacement damage is due cumulative long-term non- ionizing damage from the ionizing radiations.
General Radiation EffectsMetals, Alloys, and Metal-to-Metal Bonds The principal effect of radiation on metals and alloys is the creation of lattice vacancies and interstitial atoms in an otherwise perfect crystal.This results in an overall dilation that decreases the density of the material. Neutron irradiation produces significant quantities of helium and hydrogen in beryllium, with the result that the metal decreases in density.
General Radiation Effects INAEA According to The International Atomic Energy Agency (INAEA), nuclear and radiation accident/ disaster is defined as “An event that has led to significant consequences to people, the environment or the facility.” Whether accidental or planned.
Top Five Disaster due to Radiation1-Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – World War II, 19452-Fukushima Disaster – March 11, 2011
Top Five Disaster due to Radiation3-Chernobyl Disaster – April 26, 19864-Mayak Nuclear Plant – September 29, 1957
Top Five Disaster due to Radiation5-Soviet Submarine K-431 Accident –August 10, 1985