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Abstract

The feasibility of the use of high intensity acoustic waves to combat airborne spreading of accidentally released radioactive or toxic material is investigated. The potential areas of application range from small-scale laboratory spills and fires to major releases of hazardous material into the atmosphere. Results are presented on the acoustic agglomeration of a submicron combustion aerosol produced by burning rubber in a 4.5 m3 chamber. Of particular interest in these experiments is the rate of decrease of the mass loading and how this scales with acoustic power at a source frequency of 21 kHz. Finally some extrapolations of the results are made with regard to the problem of `open air' scavenging, together with a brief discussion of some of the difficulties to be expected.

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Authors: MAGILL J, JRC Karlsruhe, Institute for Transuranium Elements, Postfach 2340, D-7500 Karlsruhe (DE);PICKERING S, JRC Karlsruhe, Institute for Transuranium Elements, Postfach 2340, D-7500 Karlsruhe (DE);FOURCAUDOT S, JRC Karlsruhe, Institute for Transuranium Elements, Postfach 2340, D-7500 Karlsruhe (DE);GALLEGO-JUAREZ J A, Instituto de Acustica (CSIC), Serrano 144, 28006 Madrid (ES);RIERA-FRANCO DE SARABIA E, Instituto de Acustica (CSIC), Serrano 144, 28006 Madrid (ES);RODRIGUEZ-CORRAL G, Instituto de Acustica (CSIC), Serrano 144, 28006 Madrid (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Transuranium Elements Today and Tomorrow, Karlsruhe (DE), Oct. 26-27, 1988 Article: Journal of Nuclear Materials, No. 166 (1989), pp. 208-213
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 34565 ORA
Record Number: 198911070 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en