Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Systems Engineering and Management
Casey W. Cooper
Radiological contamination from nuclear accidents or the terrorist use of a Radiological Dispersal Device (RDD) are events that first responders must be prepared for. It is currently assumed that removal of the victims clothing will remove 80-90 of contamination. Many RDD radioisotopes produce dense aerosols that would then contaminate victim clothing and re-aerosolize during clothing removal. A series of experiments were conducted during which clothing was contaminated with a dense aerosol simulating the radioisotope of Strontium 90. Compared to background, there was statistically significant re-aerosolization from the clothing. This demonstrates inhalation hazards from re-aerosolization of RDD contamination.
DTIC Accession Number
Chapman, Joseph M., "Re-Aerosolization of Dense Metal Oxide Simulating Radiological Contamination from Military Clothing" (2021). Theses and Dissertations. 4940.