AN ANALYSIS OF ROOF WASHDOWN VERSUS APPLIED SHIELDING AS A FALLOUT COUNTERMEASURE
STANFORD RESEARCH INST MENLO PARK CA
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The study provides guidance on the basic applicability and relative worth of roof washdown as a fallout radiation countermeasure. The basic purpose of roof washdown is to reduce the radiation dose to occupants of a building by preventing or reducing the accumulation of fallout on the roof. However, the roof washdown system does not affect the penetration of the roof by radiation from other sources. It was found that under some circumstances a roof washdown system is a useful means for increasing the protection of building interiors and that, in general, the cost of a washdown system for large roof area structures with smooth sloped roofs will be less than the cost of providing an equivalent amount of shielding. However, applied shielding provides 100 percent reliability whereas roof washdown systems may not be as reliable.
- Structural Engineering and Building Technology
- Civil Defense
- Radioactivity, Radioactive Wastes and Fission Products