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Smart Radon Monitor


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The Smart Radon Monitor (SRM) is a technologically advanced real time, portable, radon monitor, designed for multiple applications in radon studies. The SRM is useful for continuous radon monitoring in air, water and soil. It may be used for measurement of radon emission (Surface/ Mass Exhalation) from various sources such as building materials, soil, rocks, coal, fly-ash, Uranium tailings etc. The monitor also finds application in public domain such as radon survey in houses, caves, seismic sites etc.

The Smart Radon Monitor (SRM) is a technologically advanced real time, portable, radon monitor, designed for multiple applications in radon studies. Radon measurements are based on detection of alpha emitted from radon and its decay products formed in a scintillation cell. An Indigenous smart algorithm has been implemented in the micro-processor, which automatically compensates the background counts due to residual decay products of radon and thus able to measure radon concentrations in a continuous fashion.

The SRM is advantageous for

  • High radon sensitivity (1.2 cph/Bqm-3) despite low detector volume (153 cm3)
  • Wide measurement range of 5 Bq m-3 to 50 MBq m-3
  • Instrument sensitivity is free from the influence of environmental parameters like humidity and trace gas concentration
  • Flow and diffusion mode sampling
  • Thoron cut off by pin-hole technology
  • Programmable and independent sampling time and counting cycle time
  • Continuous unattended operation
  • Low operation and maintenance cost
  • Battery backup, compact and portable

The SRM is useful for continuous radon monitoring in air, water and soil. It may be used for measurement of radon emission (Surface/ Mass Exhalation) from various sources such as building materials, soil, rocks, coal, fly-ash, Uranium tailings etc. The SRM finds wide applications in nuclear sectors such as network based radon monitoring inside uranium mine, soil gas radon measurement for uranium exploration studies and base line survey for upcoming nuclear facilities. The monitor also finds application in public domain such as radon survey in houses, caves, seismic sites etc. It can be also used for calibration of radon active or passive detector system

Introduction :

The Smart Radon Monitor (SRM) is a technologically advanced real time, portable, radon monitor, designed for multiple applications in radon studies.

Principle of SRM :

The radon (222Rn) measurements are based on detection of alpha emitted from radon and its decay products formed in a scintillation cell. Radon is sampled into the scintillation cell through a "particulate filter" and thoron (220Rn) barrier. The alpha scintillations from radon and its decay products formed inside the cell are continuously counted by a PMT and the associated counting electronics. An Indigenous smart algorithm implemented in the micro-processor automatically compensates the background counts due to residual decay products of radon and is thus able to report radon activity concentrations in a continuous fashion.

Applications :

The SRM finds a wide application in nuclear sector, public domain and various R&D organizations. In nuclear sectors, SRM may be used for network based radon monitoring inside uranium mine, soil gas radon measurement for uranium exploration studies and base line survey for upcoming nuclear facilities. In public domain, SRM may be used for radon survey in houses, caves, seismic sites etc. It may be used for radon measurements in water samples. In R&D sector, SRM may be used for calibration of active or passive radon detector systems. It may be used for measurement of radon emission (Surface/ Mass Exhalation) from various sources such as building materials, soil, rocks, coal, fly-ash, Uranium tailings etc and also find application in gas monitoring for earth quake studies.

Advantages :

The alpha scintillation technique deployed in SRM has many advantages over the solid state alpha spectroscopy technique currently in use. The technique is more sensitive for radon than alpha spectroscopy technique. More importantly, the measurements with scintillation detector are unaffected by humidity and trace gas presence in sample gas. Various advantages of SRM are:

  • High radon sensitivity (1.2 CPH/Bqm-3 i.e 44.5 CPH/(pCi/L))
  • No interference from humidity in sample and hence sample dryer is not required.
  • Wide measurement range of 5 Bqm-3 to 50 MBqm-3
  • Sampling of gas by flow as well as diffusion mode (either selectable).
  • In-built thoron cut off device
  • Low detector volume for radon surface/mass exhalation studies
  • Sampling time and Counting cycle are independently programmable.
  • Continuous unattended operation
  • Low operation and maintenance cost.
  • Easy replacement of detector (ZnS(Ag)) in case of contamination
  • Compact and portable
  • Battery backup

Equipments :

Most of the manufacturing & testing equipments are available in local market and local agents are available for some imported components such as Photomultiplier tube, ZnS:Ag scintillator.

Infrastructure :

A mechanical workshop having lathe, sheet bending machine and an electronic workshop having oscilloscope, high voltage measurement probe are required.

Manpower :

Two trained personnel having Diploma in Mechanical, Electronics Engineering. , One software Engr. With two semi-skilled workers would be adequate for production of SRM.

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    General License Fee : ₹ 225,000.00 (Two Lakh Twenty Five Thousand)

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