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Comparison of hazard area and casualty predictions of a small-scale chemical attack using various toxic load toxicity models

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It has been observed that the toxic load model can better account for toxic effects from chemical exposures than Haber’s law. However, the toxic load model has been experimentally validated only for steady exposures. We compare four proposed extensions of the toxic load model to the case of time-varying exposures. We conclude that the choice of the toxic load model can be important in consequence assessment studies that use realistic time-varying toxic exposures.

Keywords: casualty assessment, consequence assessment, Haber’s law, toxic load modelling, ensemble averaged plume

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