Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 322, Issue 2, pp 1169–1177 | Cite as

Assessment of radiation hazards of white and grey Portland cements

  • Miguel Ángel SanjuánEmail author
  • José A. Suarez-Navarro
  • Cristina Argiz
  • Pedro Mora


Activity concentration of 232Th, 226Ra and 40K was determined in 11 white and 63 grey Portland cements by using gamma spectrometry. The potential γ-ray radiation hazards due to mentioned activity concentrations were assessed by following five approaches: internal hazard index, Hin, external hazard index, Hex, activity concentration index, I, absorbed dose rate, D, and effective dose, Ep. All of these showed results falling below threshold limits. Particularly, white cements exhibited slightly lower values than grey ones. The annual effective dose estimated for all the Portland cements falls within 0.10 mSv to 0.47 mSv (≤ 1 mSv: threshold criterion for building materials).


Portland cement Radioactivity Activity concentration index Effective dose rate 



The authors would like to thank the coordination tasks of Marina Romay at OFICEMEN, and the participation of the Spanish cement companies’ members of that Association.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cements and Mortars DepartmentSpanish Institute of Cement and its Applications (IECA)MadridSpain
  2. 2.Department for Environment, Environmental Radioactivity and Radiological Surveillance UnitMadridSpain
  3. 3.Civil Engineering SchoolTechnical University of MadridMadridSpain
  4. 4.Department of Geological and Mines Engineering, Mine and Energy Engineering SchoolTechnical University of Madrid (UPM)MadridSpain

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