A new area for the maintenance coatings specialist is found in nuclear installations where coatings are necessary which are not contaminated by radioactive materials or which are readily cleaned if there is suspicion of contamination. The testing of coatings for nuclear containment has been discussed in an article by Burger (Metal Finishing, May, 1982, p. 127). Such coatings, the author points out, must be able to withstand exposure to high humidities and, at the same time, exposure to radiation dosage. In addition, the coatings must be sufficiently durable to withstand the conditions which would be anticipated during an accident. To meet these challenges provides a new opportunity for coatings chemists. A bibliography related to testing of nuclear coatings is listed by the author, and from these he concludes that the most significant are the Design Basis Accident or DBA test. This is a test to tell whether the coating will stand up if, in fact, there is an accident. The second test relates to irradiation, and the third to decontamination factors. These are described in detail by the author. He points out that a coating that passes these tests will meet the 40‐year expected life within a nuclear power containment facility.
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