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An Interactive Algorithm for the Calculation of the Radiological Consequences of a Nuclear Accident in Europe

Eugenio Tabet
Organization: Istituto Superiore di Sanitā, Rome, Italy
Journal / Anthology

Annali del Istituto Superiore di Sanitā
Year: 2001
Volume: 37
Issue: 2
Page range: 207-212

The algorithm RANA (radiological assessment of nuclear accidents) is a tool which can be exploited to estimate the space and time structure of the radiological consequences of a radioactive release following a nuclear accident in Europe. The algorithm, formulated in the language of Mathematica, can be run on a personal computer. It uses simplified physical assumptions as for the difusion of the cloud and the transfer of the contamination to the food chain. The user gets the needed information by means of interactive windows that allow a fast evaluation of dose and contamination profiles. Calculations are performed either starting from the source terms or from the knowledge of experimental contamination data. Radiological consequences, such as individual or collective doses from several exposure paths, are parametrized in terms of the atmospheric diffusion categories.

*Science > Atmospheric Science
*Science > Biology

nuclear accident, radioactive contamination, dose evaluation