A guide to radiation-shielded doors
FSE Special Purpose Doors is a wholly Australian owned company specialising in the manufacture and design of door systems solutions for commercial, industrial and special-purpose applications. One of our most important door system solutions is radiation-shielded doors.
So what are radiation-shielded doors, what are they used for and what does FSE Special Purpose Doors do to ensure their quality? Read on to find out more.
What is radiation?
Radiation can be defined as the emission or transmission of energy in the form of waves or particles through space or through a material medium. Radiation can have many benefits and is used in many different ways. However, unsafe exposure to radiation can have an array of negative impacts on an individual’s health. This can range from nausea and skin irritation through to nerve damage and cancer.
What is radiation shielding?
Radiation shielding can be added to a variety of doors during the design and manufacturing stage to prevent unsafe radiation from penetrating the doors. There are a wide variety of materials and systems that can be used; however, in all cases, the doors are lined with lead. Because of lead’s density and a large number of electrons, when the radiation attempts to pass through, the lead will absorb and scatter the potentially unsafe energy.
Who needs radiation-shielded doors?
Today, there is a large number of industries that require that safety measures are put in place in order to operate safely. In particular, using radiation shielded doors has become an essential part of the health and safety strategy for many businesses, including:
- Radiology and X-Ray Facilities
- Dental Surgeries
- Veterinary Clinics
- Research Laboratories
- Communications Centres
- Nuclear Power Operations
Radiation shielding at FSE Special Doors
FSE Special Doors ensure the highest quality and standards of all products, including our radiation shielded doors. In all cases, doors are lined with lead sheet and can include radiation-shielded glass vision panels. Our radiation shielded doors are available in single, double (pair) and sliding configuration.
When thinking about purchasing radiation shielded doors, the most important considerations will be the type of radiation you need protection against, and the type of doors you need.
When it comes to shielding material, some of the most common options include:
- Lead-lined fire doors – Protects against low to medium energy X-rays
- Interlocking lead bricks – Protects against high energy X-rays
- Interlocking concrete blocks – Protects against neutron and gamma radiation
- Solid steel-plated doors – Protects against neutron and gamma radiation
- Borated polyethylene-lined doors – Protects against neutron radiation
Radiation shielding can also be applied to a wide range of door sizes and systems to suit your design and construction needs. These include swing doors, pivot doors, sliding doors, fire doors, smoke doors and glass doors (doors with glass viewing panels).
Radiation shielding for doors can provide a vital layer of protection on your doors to keep staff, clients and the general public safe from radiation. FSE Special Doors supply a wide range of radiation-shielded doors to meet the needs of any building, which can be used to reduce the risks of radiation and improve safety. These can be built using a variety of materials and configured and fitted to meet both aesthetic and functional requirements.
FSE Special Purpose Doors manufactures radiation shielded doors for numerous industries throughout Australia.