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Mangalore varsity, BARC develop inexpensive mitigation system

Our Bureau Mangalore | Updated on November 27, 2017

To find application in removal of radioactive gases from industrial workplaces

Mangalore University in collaboration with the Mumbai-based Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) has developed a Thoron Mitigation System under a memorandum of understanding for collaborative research programmes.

A press statement by the University said here on Wednesday the development of a simple and inexpensive activated charcoal-based mitigation system would find application in the continuous removal of radon and thoron (the radioactive gases) from off-gas streams of uranium and thorium processing facilities.

This new system has the potential to offer numerous advantages over conventional systems for the continuous removal of radon and thoron from air in industrial workplaces.

Spin-off applications of the system include remediation of the radon and thoron problem in mining and processing industries, site remediation, and reduction of personal radiation exposure due to radon and thoron, it said.

The statement said scientists of the Radioecology Research Laboratory and University Science Instrumentation Centre at Mangalore University designed and fabricated the system. BARC, which provided support in the theoretical calculation and calibration of the system, funded the project.

K Byrappa, Vice-Chancellor of Mangalore University, will formally transfer the prototype system to a team of scientists from BARC on July 18, it added.

Published on July 16, 2014

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