The potential alpha energy concentrations of radon and thoron progeny have been surveyed for dwellings in Hong Kong and the mean values are obtained as 3.58 and 2.29 mWL, respectively.
The relative importance of the value for thoron is unexpectedly high, which is attributed to the high 232Th content of the building materials used in Hong Kong.
It has also been found that the potential alpha energy concentration values for radon progeny changed dramatically with the season due to the different aerosol contents in the air in different seasons.
The factors affecting the potential alpha energy concentration values have also been studied.
These factors fall into three categories, namely (1) the building characteristics including age of the buildings, wall coverings and floor coverings ; (2) the location of sites including nearby environments and the elevation of the sites ; and (3) the meteorological parameters including wind speed, atmospheric pressure, air temperature and relative humidity.
For categories (1) and (2), all factors seem to affect the potential alpha energy concentration values, although the effects may be different for radon and thoron progeny, which may be due to the very much different half lives of radon and thoron gas and to the different behavior of radon and thoron progeny in the attachment to aerosols.
For category (3), only wind speed has been found to have effects.
Mots-clés Pascal : Hong Kong, Asie, Analyse quantitative, Logement habitation, Thorium, Matériau construction, Rayonnement alpha, Estimation paramètre, Radon, Pollution intérieur, Analyse risque, Radioprotection, Dose rayonnement, Variation saisonnière
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Hong Kong, Asia, Quantitative analysis, Housing, Thorium, Construction materials, Alpha radiation, Parameter estimation, Radon, Indoor pollution, Risk analysis, Radioprotection, Radiation dose, Seasonal variation
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0431763
Code Inist : 002A08F04. Création : 19/12/1997.