Project: Ionising radiation metrology for the metallurgical industry

Millions of tonnes of scrap steel are produced each year that could potentially be contaminated by radioactive sources, for example demolition material from hospital radiotherapy facilities hidden in scrap metal loads. The accidental contamination of scrap metal loads can result in the subsequent contamination of furnaces, metal by-products and the environment, leading to human health risks and international trade disputes. Current radioactivity testing involves passing scrap metal loads under radiation detector panels, but this approach is not always effective and improved detection devices are needed for industry. This project analysed available detection systems and recommended best methods and alternative prototype devices for monitoring radioactivity, which were then developed and tested. Traceable reference standards made of typical materials encountered in steel mills were also produced and characterised to support better industrial measurements. These outputs will improve the detection of radioactivity in scrap loads and reduce the risk of irradiation across Europe.

Acronym IND04 MetroMetal (Reference Number: IND04)
Duration 01/12/2011 - 30/11/2014
Project Topic Metrology
Project Results
(after finalisation)
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Network EMRP
Call EMRP Call 2010 - Industry and Environment

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Centro de investigaciones energeticas, medioambientales y tecnologicas Coordinator Spain
2 Physikalisch-Technischer Pruefdienst des Bundesamt fuer Eich- und Vermessungswesen Partner Austria
3 Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives Partner France
4 Cesky Metrologicky Institut Partner Czech Republic
5 Agenzia Nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l’energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile Partner Italy
6 Institutul National de Cercetare-Dezvoltare pentru Fizica si Inginerie Nucleara "Horia Hulubei" Partner Romania
7 Institut Jožef Stefan Partner Slovenia
8 Instituto Superior Tecnico Partner Portugal
9 JRC - Joint Research Centre - European Commission Partner Belgium
10 Magyar Kereskedelmi Engedelyezesi Hivatal Partner Hungary
11 Narodowe Centrum Badań Jądrowych Partner Poland
12 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Partner Germany
13 Slovenský Metrologický Ústav Partner Slovakia
14 Sateilyturvakeskus Partner Finland