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Development and Validation of a New Fallout Transport Method Using Variable Spectral Winds
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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The purpose of this research was to develop and validate a fallout prediction method using variable transport calculations. The new method uses National Meteorological Center NMC spectral coefficients to compute wind vectors along the space and time varying trajectories of falling particles. The method was validated by comparing computed and actual cloud trajectories from a Mount St. Helens volcanic eruption and a high dust cloud. In summary, this research demonstrated the feasibility of using spectral coefficients for fallout transport calculations, developed a two-step smearing model to treat variable winds, and showed that uncertainties in spectral winds do not contribute significantly to the error in computed dose rate.
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