Project: Metrology for processing materials with high natural radioactivity

Many natural resources are also naturally radioactive, meaning that the industrial activities that exploit them could also expose people to radiation. Waste constitutes a huge economic and environmental burden, if not properly disposed of, but recycling could result in significant cost savings for the industries that create it. This project will develop new methods and devices for the measurement of naturally occurring radionuclides as well as new reference materials for their calibration. It will also improve nuclear data so that as many descendants of uranium and thorium decay chains as possible can be accurately measured. The new traceable measurement procedures will be proposed to CEN/CENELEC for standards for industrial raw materials, products and waste. By providing improved, more reliable and accurate measurements of naturally occurring radionuclides, the project will ensure that, if these raw materials are present in industrial processes, they will not unknowingly enhance radioactivity levels in waste and finished products.

Acronym IND57 MetroNORM (Reference Number: IND57)
Duration 01/09/2013 - 31/08/2016
Project Topic Metrology
Project Results
(after finalisation)
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Network EMRP
Call EMRP Call 2012 - Industry, SI Broader Scope and Open Excellence

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Physikalisch-Technischer Pruefdienst des Bundesamt fuer Eich- und Vermessungswesen Coordinator Austria
2 Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives Partner France
3 Centro de investigaciones energeticas, medioambientales y tecnologicas Partner Spain
4 Cesky Metrologicky Institut Partner Czech Republic
5 Agenzia Nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l’energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile Partner Italy
6 Institut Jožef Stefan Partner Slovenia
7 Instituto Superior Tecnico Partner Portugal
8 JRC - Joint Research Centre - European Commission Partner Belgium
9 Magyar Kereskedelmi Engedelyezesi Hivatal Partner Hungary
10 NPL Management Limited Partner United Kingdom
11 Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority Partner Norway
12 Sateilyturvakeskus Partner Finland
13 Universitaet fuer Bodenkultur Wien Austria
14 Statni ustav radiacni ochrany v.v.i. Czech Republic