G.A. Briggs, I. Van der Hoven, R.J. Engelmann, J. Halitsky
1968 unpublished
A number of processes other than natural atmospheric turbulent diffusion can be significant in the fate of radioactive material emitted into the atmosphere. First is the effect of momentum and buoyancy due to the mode of emission. Thus, for example, the forced emission of a hot effluent from a stack will cause the plume to rise, depending on both the plume and the ambient-air characteristics. A second process is the surface deposition of airborne material composed of either particulate o r
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doi:10.2172/4500535 fatcat:33nz2yjrifcp7gupe5cecys2ay