Atmospheric dispersion of argon-41 from a nuclear research reactor: measurement and modelling of plume geometry and gamma radiation field
An atmospheric dispersion experiment was conducted using a visible tracer along with the routine releases of 41Ar from the BR1 research reactor in Mol, Belgium. Simultaneous measurements of plume geometry and radiation field from 41Ar decay were performed as well as measurements of the 41Ar source term and the meteorological parameters. Good overall agreement is found between measurement data and model results using the mesoscale atmospheric dispersion and dose rate model RIMPUFF.
Keywords: aerosols, argon-41, BR1 reactor, gamma detection, optical radar, plumes, tracer techniques