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TECHNICAL NOTE
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 41  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 205-209

Radiological risk assessment of cosmic radiation at aviation altitudes (a trip from Houston Intercontinental Airport to Lagos International Airport)


Department of Physics, University of Port Harcourt, PMB 5323, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

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Paschal Ikenna Enyinna
Department of Physics, University of Port Harcourt, PMB 5323, Port Harcourt, Rivers State
Nigeria
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-6203.189491

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Radiological risk parameters associated with aircrew members traveling from Houston Intercontinental Airport to Lagos International Airport have been computed using computer software called EPCARD (version 3.2). The mean annual effective dose of radiation was computed to be 2.94 mSv/year. This result is above the standard permissible limit of 1 mSv/year set for the public and pregnant aircrew members but below the limit set for occupationally exposed workers. The Risk of cancer mortality and excess career time cancer risk computed ranged from 3.5 × 10−5 to 24.5 × 10−5 (with average of 14.7 × 10−5 ) and 7 × 10−4 to 49 × 10−4 (with average of 29.4 × 10−4 ). Passengers and aircrew members should be aware of the extra cosmic radiation doses taken in during flights. All aircraft operators should monitor radiation doses incurred during aviation trips.


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