19–23 Jun 2023
Hofburg Palace & Online
Europe/Vienna timezone

A Small, Portable Electrostatic Precipitation Based Radio-Aerosol Monitor

21 Jun 2023, 11:00


Board: 34
E-poster T3.2 Radionuclide Technologies and Applications Lightning talks: P2.2, P3.2, P3.6


Martin Keillor (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL))


Atmospheric aerosol collection using electrostatic precipitation (ESP) promises power consumption roughly one order of magnitude lower than filter paper based collection methods. For monitoring radionuclides in the atmosphere, this translates to an order of magnitude improvement in system sensitivity for the same power consumed. Conversely, small portable systems are enabled with lower battery and solar power requirements for extended operation at airflow rates matching filter-based systems that are challenging to operate in the field for extended periods. PNNL is currently developing a small, portable ESP-based radio-aerosol monitoring system. This presentation will cover the system design, projected monitoring capability, and the current status of the system build and testing.

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Electrostatic precipitation based atmospheric aerosol sampling promises power use ~one order of magnitude below filter based methods. This talk will cover the design of a small, portable ESP based radio-aerosol monitor, including capability, build status, and testing results.

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Primary authors

Dr Dustin Kasparek (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)) Mr James Ely (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)) Martin Keillor (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)) Michael Moore (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL))


Mr Gregory Grabeel (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)) Mr Jared Johnson (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)) Thomas Hallen (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL))

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