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Comparison of the local-scale atmospheric dispersion model CEDRAT with 85Kr measurements

M. Rennesson(1), D. Maro(2), M.L. Fitamant(3) and E. Prian(4)
Radioprotection 2005, Vol. 40, n° Suppl. 1, pages S371-377

Document type > *Article de revue

Keywords > radiological protection, atmospheric dispersion, modelling, Nord Cotentin

Research Unit > IRSN/DEI/SECRE/LRC

Authors > MARO Denis

Publication Date > 01/07/2005

Summary

An accurate model of atmospheric dispersion of radionuclides over the complex terrain of La Hague reprocessing plant (North Cotentin, France) has been developed by COGEMA, in partnership with Paris VI University, and has been yet adapted for an other industrial site (Marcoule). This model, called CEDRAT, takes into account areas typically outside the validity range of Gaussian models: topography and building influence, short-distance (beyond 500 m from the release point) and various atmospheric stability conditions. CEDRAT allows to reach an effective compromise between rapidity (30 min on a 6000 nodes grid, on a standard PC), robustness and accuracy, coupled with a user-friendly interface. The validation process consisted first of a comparison with the 3D reference model MERCURE, developed by EDF, and then, results of both models were compared on release scenarios thanks to tracer data (Krypton-85, an inert gas released from a height of 100 m) collected at five monitoring stations around the site. Then a second level of comparison, presented here, was made in collaboration with the IRSN Cherbourg Radioecological Laboratory, on ground and altitude (collected with a tethered balloon) field data

1 AREVA Reprocessing, 2 rue Paul Dautier, BP. 4, 78141 Vélizy Cedex, France
2 Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety Institute (IRSN), Cherbourg Radioecological Laboratory, BP. 10, rue Max-Pol Fouchet, 50130 Cherbourg-Octeville, France
3 AREVA Reprocessing, 50444 Beaumont Hague, France
4 AREVA Engineering, 1 rue des Hérons, Montigny Le Bretonneux, 78182 Saint Quentin en Yvelines, France

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