Scavenging of soluble radioactive gases by evaporating rain droplets from inhomogeneous atmosphere

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Abstract

We analyze effects of inhomogeneous concentration and temperature distributions in the atmosphere, rain droplet evaporation and radioactive decay of soluble gases on the rate of trace gas scavenging by rain. We employ a one-dimensional model of precipitation scavenging of radioactive soluble gaseous pollutants that is valid for small gradients and non-uniform initial altitudinal distributions of temperature and concentration in the atmosphere, and assume that conditions of equilibrium evaporation of rain droplets are satisfied. It is demonstrated that transient altitudinal distribution of concentration under the influence of rain is determined by the linear wave equation that describes propagation of a scavenging wave front. The obtained equation is solved by the method of characteristics. We calculated scavenging coefficients for wet removal of gaseous Iodine-131 and tritiated water vapor (HTO) for the exponential initial distribution of trace gases concentration in the atmosphere and linear temperature distribution. Theoretical predictions of the dependence of the magnitude of the scavenging coefficient on rain intensity for tritiated water vapor are in good agreement with the available atmospheric measurements.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChemical Engineering Transactions
EditorsSauro Pierucci, Jiri J. Klemes
PublisherItalian Association of Chemical Engineering - AIDIC
Pages2005-2010
Number of pages6
Volume43
ISBN (Electronic)9788895608341
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015

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