PDA

View Full Version : Radiation concerns and 2% Thoriated Tungsten



ZTFab
07-31-2007, 08:23 PM
Thanks to Wildcat, here is a chart that shows the radiation levels and it's estimated effect on lifespan.

As Taken from Wildcat's original post:

Thoriated tungsten measurement is in microrads.

So to Clarify smoking =8000 milirads
Thoriated tungsen =1600microrads

Here are a few stats to compare it to
8000 milirads = 8 rads
1600 microrads = .0016 rads
1 rad = 1 rem

Comparative risk exposure estimated days of life lost
20% overweight 985 days
Average alcohol consumption 130 days
Occupational radiation exposure@
5.0 rem/year 32 days
0.5 rem/year 3 days
0.0016/year 6.912 minutes


Therefore if you worked with Thoriated Tungsten for 45 years 5 days a week, 8 hours a day you would loose 5.18 hrs off your life.

This is assuming all appropriate precations are taken.
Reference for the data here (accept Thoriated Tungsten, I had to calculate the dose rate myself)is
THE LOS ALAMOS RADIATION MONITORING NOTEBOOK