Advanced Radiation protection/Radiation ecology


Prof. Klaus Bacher – Universiteit Gent

3 ECTS

90 hours study time

20 contact hours theory

12 contact hours excersises/lab sessions/visits

12 contact hours personal work

Learning Outcomes

The aim of this course is:
  • to know the concepts, guidelines and regulations on radiologic protection and to be able to apply them in practical situations
  • to learn to apply the contemporary risk models for risk calculations of biologic effects
  • to understand to concepts of Monte Carlo simulations in applications for radiological protection
  • to know the concepts of atmospheric dispersion calculations for radiological impact assessments
  • to know the concepts of radiation exposure to the environment and non-human biota

Content

  • Radiation protection concepts, guidelines and regulations:
    • ICRP 103
    • International Basic Safety Standards
  • Risk models for biologic effects of ionizing radiation:
    • UNSCEAR, ICRP and BEIR VII data
    • Lifetime attributible risk
  • Monte Carlo model calculations
    • Principles of Monte Carlo calculations
    • Monte Carlo calculations in internal dosimetry
    • Monte Carlo calculations in external dosimetry
    • Monte Carlo calculations in shielding calculations


  • Local atmospheric dispersion calculations for radiological impact assessments (seminars from Dr. Johan Camps, SCK•CEN)
    • The planetary boundary layer
    • Gaussian models for routine releases and for accidental releases
    • Parameterization of models, determination of atmospheric stability
    • Plume rise, topography
    • From atmospheric dispersion results towards radiological assessments


  • Environmental radiation protection (seminars from Dr. Hildegarde Vandenhove, SCK•CEN)
    • Assessment of radiation exposure to the environment and non-human biota: global approach
    • Overview of methodologies/approaches to derive benchmarks for environmental risk assessment
    • Radiation dosimetry methods for non-human biota

Lab sessions

  • ALARA calculations
  • Environmental radiation protection: ERICA Tiered impact assessment
  • Local atmospheric dispersion calculations for radiological impact assessments

Course material and reference books

The PowerPoint presentations of the lectures, and extensive lecture notes, are available on the BNEN website.

Pre-assumed knowledge or prerequisites

Courses in the following fields
  • Radiation protection

Grading and examination

First and second session: written examination, closed book – 70%
Lab reports - 30%. Lab sessions are compulsory and cannot be repeated in the second session.