Nuclear Shielding

Nuclear Shielding in the Nuclear Power Industry
Lead Bricks Used in Nuclear Shielding Applications

Nuclear Shielding for Power Generation

The most significant use of nuclear shielding is for the generation of electrical power and for powering ships such as nuclear submarines. With over 439 commercial nuclear power reactors operating in 30 countries and growing, the need for shielding for the construction of new nuclear plants is on the rise.

In the nuclear power industry, comprehensive shielding is essential. There are three accepted standards of radiation protection: time, distance, and shielding. Exposure to radiation in nuclear power plants can be managed by one or more of these standards:

  • Reducing the time of radiation exposure
  • Increasing distance from radiation exposure
  • Utilizing nuclear shielding to greatly decrease or prevent radiation doses

Practical nuclear shielding and protection necessitates managing these three standards to achieve the most cost-effective solution.

Effectiveness of Nuclear Shielding

Of all options, lead shielding offers the utmost radiation protection at increased cost-effectiveness. Lead provides the most space-savings and the greatest amount of shielding to meet your radiation protection needs.

One effective use of nuclear shielding is the use of lead castles in nuclear research and testing. Lead castles are structures composed of lead bricks. The lead castle encloses the radioactive source or it may be used to shield people from radiation. If the experiment is to be observed, a viewing window of leaded glass may be used.

Radiation Protection Products manufactures a full line of nuclear shielding and industrial lead shielding products. For more information, contact Radiation Protection Products or request a quote.


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