Eye lens dosimetry in Canadian CANDU nuclear power plants based on operational dosimetric quantities H(10) and H(0.07)
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In this article, we present a methodology for performing eye lens dosimetry in CANDU nuclear power plants using an existing and highly accurate Harshaw 4-element TLD-700 dosemeter. This dosemeter, which has been specially designed for Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and Bruce Power (BP), measures the deep and shallow personal dose equivalent quantities Hp(10) and Hp(0.07), respectively. Using these measured personal dose equivalent quantities and applying a beta-ray strength scaling factor to the Hp(0.07) measurement in particular, we have developed an algorithm that can be used to calculate the dose to the lens of the eye in mixed beta-gamma fields. This scaling factor has been developed and is primarily based on results obtained from extensive collaborative study, performed by Ontario Power Generation (OPG), Bruce Power (BP) and McMaster University, through Candu Owners Group (COG) support (Bohra et al., 2021; Laranjeiro et al., 2020). Furthermore, scaling factor F, also includes effects of protective glass eyewear and results from Whole body dosimetry intercomparison exercises. The algorithm to calculate eye lens dose at CANDU power plants has been developed, based on this scaling factor and operational dosimetric quantities Hp(10) and Hp(0.07).
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