Radiation Doses from Flying through Nuclear Debris Clouds
Final rept. 2-10 Jan 1985
SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE BROOKS AFB TX
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Taboada et al. have recently developed a computer model to predict gamma radiation doses to aircrews flying through nuclear debris clouds. Although the model has the advantages of taking a large number of parameters into account and using the benchmark DELFIC code to model cloud dynamics, it takes up to 20 min for a single run on a mainframe computer. Results from a number of runs have been generalized into empirical formulae. From these results it is possible to estimate worst case gamma radiation doses for complex scenarios using a hand calculator. Keywords Post blast nuclear radiation Radiation dosage Nuclear weapon debris Fallout prediction Cloud penetration.