Title

Structural dependence of diurnal fluctuations of radon progeny in residential buildings

Abstract

Movement of radon progeny inside houses is a complex process that depends both on atmospheric conditions and on building structure. The indoor working level (WL) monitored in four houses of differing structures shows regular diurnal fluctuations related to solar warming of the atmosphere. In the two houses with full basements, radon is removed by indoor/outdoor pressure-driven airflow, and basement WL varies inversely with outdoor temperature. In the two houses with half basements open to crawl spaces, radon is drawn into the basement faster than it is removed, so that basement WL varies directly with outside temperature. Average WL's in basements are about twice as high as first floor WL's and as much as 18 times as high as outdoor WL's. Each house shows an individual pattern of radon progeny movement throughout the building.

Department(s)

Chemistry

Document Type

Article

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1080/10473289.1992.10467006

Publication Date

4-1-1992

Journal Title

Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association

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