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Radon Emanation from Domestic Uranium Ores Determined by Modifications of the Closed-can, Gamma-only Assay Method.

Authors
Austin-SR; Droullard-RF
Source
NTIS: PB 279 647 :74 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
10001619
Abstract
Emanation coefficients of 950 samples of domestic uranium ore were successfully and rapidly determined with fair precision by modifications of the closed-can, gamma-only assay method, using commercially available or similar equipment. Coefficients range from less than 1 to 91 percent. Emanation varies considerably within each mine and area, but distinct differences among major mining areas were found, ranging from 7.5 percent for moss back member, Chinle Formation, southwest Lisbon Valley, Utah, to 56.6 percent for Ft. Union Formation, Powder River Basin, Wyoming. Coefficients also vary with (1) uranium mineralogy; (2) radium mineralogy; (3) lithology of host rocks; (4) grain size of uranium and radium minerals; (5) comminution of ore; (6) estimated porosity and permeability; (7) moisture content; (8) ore grade; (9) supposed mobility of deposits; age of deposits is unknown but limited by (10) age of host rocks which shows only doubtful correlation with emanation. Data obtained may be used to evaluate effects of investigated parameters on radon concentration in mines and thus to select efficient control measures. Drill-core emanation data allow estimates of probable radon problems in undeveloped deposits.
Publication Date
19780101
Document Type
IH; Report of Investigations
Fiscal Year
1978
NTIS Accession No.
PB-279647
NTIS Price
A05
Identifying No.
RI 8264
NIOSH Division
DRC;
Source Name
NTIS: PB 279 647
State
UT; WY;
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