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Evaluation of the Cosmic Radiation Exposure of Aircraft Crew, A background to aircrew dose evaluation with results reported within the EC contract FIGM-CT-2000-00068 (DOSMAX)

Project ID: FIGM-CT-2000-00068
Funded under: FP5-EAECTP C

Abstract

The annual average radiation dose to aircraft crew may become similar to or even larger than that of other occupationally exposed groups. The radiation field causing the dose is very complicated and involves a mixture of radiation types with energies not experienced in occupational exposure studies at ground level. Furthermore dose levels vary with altitude, geomagnetic latitude and the phase of the solar cycle. All those factors have highlighted the need to carry out thorough investigations of the radiation field at aircraft altitudes. This need is further underlined by the inclusion of cosmic radiation as occupational exposure under revised European Union Council Directive 96/29/EURATOM.
This booklet is written within the EC-contract DOSMAX (FIGM-CT-2000-00068), which has had the intention to consolidate and complete work done in earlier EC contracts [DOS99] and [BEC99] during solar minimum activity and extend them to conditions of solar maximum activity, thereby covering a complete solar cycle. During the work on this contract, it is recognised that several institutions, airlines and others have published excellent information and pamphlets on this topic for the public [IRSN], [HUN02], [PTB], [LUF00]. The intention with this booklet has been to make the results and conclusions from the contract visible to a broader audience of interested persons, but also to describe some of the problems dealt with during the course of the contract.

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Record Number: 6863 / Last updated on: 2005-05-26
Category: PROJ