Does Radiation Affect Cables?
Radiation exposure can cause significant damage to cables in mines, leading to equipment failure and safety hazards. Proper insulation and shielding options are critical when designing mine cables to mitigate radiation risk.
Types of Radiation in Mines
Underground mines often contain radioactive materials, such as uranium and thorium, that emit alpha, beta, and gamma radiation. These radiation types can cause degradation or damage to cable insulation and shielding materials, leading to potential safety risks and equipment downtime.
Impact on Cables
Radiation emissions from mining equipment, such as uranium mining machinery, can also impact cables. Shielded cables designed to withstand radiation exposure should be utilized to protect equipment and personnel against its harmful effects.
Reducing Radiation Exposure
Regular monitoring of radiation levels is crucial to reduce radiation’s harmful impact on cables in mines. Equipment and cables should be selected and installed with radiation exposure in mind, with regular inspections and maintenance performed to ensure their continued integrity.
Handling, Storage, and Disposal
Proper handling, storage, and disposal procedures must be adhered to with any cables that have been exposed to radiation. Disposing of contaminated cables must be done according to regulatory guidelines to prevent exposure to personnel and the environment.
This post was written by Justin Tidd, Director at Becker Mining Communications! For over 15 years, Becker Communications has been the industry’s leader in increasingly more sophisticated electrical mining communication systems. As they expanded into surface mining, railroads, and tunneling they added wireless communication systems, handheld radios, tagging and tracking systems, as well as gas monitoring.