Application of Radioactive Tracer Techniques

by William A. Cawley,
Wyman C. Rutledge,

Serial Information: Journal of the Sanitary Engineering Division, 1966, Vol. 92, Issue 1, Pg. 1-10

Document Type: Journal Paper


The primary advantage of radioactive tracers is the ability to detect them in small quantities. Consideration of the many factors in choosing the isotope and careful planning is the key to a successful tracer study with this type of material. Specific application of the methods were made to a study of a large receiving body of water. From this study, it is concluded that radioactive materials do have an application in stream improvements, but it is somewhat limited by the economic need to introduce the tracer in a single slug.

Subject Headings: Probe instruments | Isotopes | Water management | Radioactive materials | Hazardous materials | Rivers and streams | Economic factors

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