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Polymeric Materials for Sealing Radon Gas Into the Walls of Uranium Mines.
Franklin-JC; Nuzum-LT; Hill-AL
NTIS: PB 243 653 :26 pages
The Bureau of Mines conducted extensive laboratory and limited field tests to determine whether a polymeric material could effectively reduce the emanation rate of radon gas from uranium ore. In the laboratory 46 different single-coat materials and 14 two-coat applications were tested. The laboratory tests showed that up to 100 percent of the radon gas could be sealed into the rock. Materials tested in the laboratory were polyesters, furan resins, epoxies, latices, and totally inorganic coatings. From the laboratory work six different materials were selected for field testing. The first test was single-coat materials in five static chambers; the second test used two-coat applications in an open chamber. Both tests were conducted in the Dakota Mine at Grants, New Mexico. During the second test, the emanation rate of radon gas was reduced up to 62 percent. Work done in cooperation with the environmental improvement agency of New Mexico.
IH; Report of Investigations
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS: PB 243 653
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