[ RadSafe ] Low background Shielding Material

Marco Caceci chemitech at chemitech.com
Thu Jun 8 15:39:50 CDT 2006

I remember reading they find fallout Ru (Ru-106?) in new steel (from rain)
and of course Co60 etc. in recycled stuff. Sorry, no references, but it
makes sense.


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De: radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl [mailto:radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl] En nombre
de Vernig, Peter G.
Enviado el: jueves, 08 de junio de 2006 17:09
Para: radsafe at radlab.nl
Asunto: [ RadSafe ] Low background Shielding Material


I have heard many times that "Pre World War II battleship steel" is used for
extremely low background shielding.  I had always wondered about that as it
seemed that an infinitesimal amount of fallout would find its way into
steel.  But then I heard another explanation that made more sense something
to do with the fabrication process that apparently changed post WWII and
involved a small amount of Co-60 I think.

Does anybody out there know what the explanation is?

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