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1sticky Radiation Protection Layers (HVL) on August 23rd 2014, 5:19 am

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Knowing how much steel or dirt that you need between you and incoming radiation can be important in a situation where nuclear fall-out is imminent.  The chart below is a list of how many inches or centimeters of a given material to cut the amount of incoming radiation by half.   This is called an HVL or halving layer of protection.  HVL's cut the radiation by an additional half for each subsequent layer.  So if you have 4 inches of concrete between this would be 2 HVL layers between you and the source of radiation so you would divide the amount that you would receive by half 2 times (amount of radiation halved twice or 2 HVL) 

As the average person will not want to see the exact amounts I have rounded the chart below to the nearest 10th inch or centimeter.


HVL Layer Chart

Material
Inches
Centimeters
water4.210.6
dirt2.66.6
steal.51.4
concrete1.95
aluminum1.74.5
lead.1.3
iron.61.5



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2sticky Re: Radiation Protection Layers (HVL) on August 23rd 2014, 2:58 pm

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very interesting.


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3sticky Re: Radiation Protection Layers (HVL) on August 31st 2014, 3:34 pm

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I believe this is interesting enough that I have made it a sticky. That way it not will sink to the bottom as we add more topics here..



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4sticky Re: Radiation Protection Layers (HVL) on September 1st 2014, 5:32 am

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indeed.


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