Investigation of the activity level and radiological impacts of naturally occurring radionuclides in blast furnace slag

Ugur F. A. , Turhan S., Sahan H., Sahan M., GOREN E., GEZER F., ...Daha Fazla

RADIATION PROTECTION DOSIMETRY, cilt.153, sa.4, ss.502-508, 2013 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 153 Konu: 4
  • Basım Tarihi: 2013
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1093/rpd/ncs131
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.502-508


The activity level and possible radiological impacts of naturally occurring radionuclides on the health of workers and members of the public, as a result of utilisation of blast furnace slag (BFS) samples as a substitute for aggregate in road construction were investigated by using a gamma-ray spectrometer and potential exposure scenarios given in Radiation Protection 122. The mean activity concentrations of the Ra-226, Th-232 and K-40 in BFS samples were found to be 152.4, 54.9 and 183.1 Bq kg(1), respectively. These values are compared with typical values measured in BFS samples from the European Union countries, which are 270, 70 and 240 Bq kg(1) for Ra-226, Th-232 and K-40, respectively. The values of radium equivalent activity index calculated for BFS samples were within the recommended safety limits. The highest total annual effective doses evaluated as 0.9 and 0.4 mSv y(1) for members of the public and workers, respectively, were lower than the annual limit of 1 mSv y(1).