Shielded cabinets can be used to store radioisotopes and radioactive waste. They can also be used to protect x-ray tubes and sensitive electronic equipment from damage caused by radiation from the outside. Among the many fields in which lead-lined cabinets are used are hospitals, nuclear medicine, and nuclear power.
Stainless steel or steel shielded cabinets from Nuclear Shields are made to order and coated with a thick layer of lead, ranging in thickness from 1/32″ to 2″. Lead sheets are used for shielding thicknesses of less than 5/8″, while lead is poured into the cabinet walls for thicknesses of more than 5/8″. Radiation shielding may be achieved using either strategy.
Specifications and Design Concepts
In addition to typical cabinet designs, Nuclear Shields offers a variety of custom cabinet options. Most cabinets are designed and made to fit the needs of the person who will use them.
Shielded Openings and Doors
A Lead lined cabinets should offer total radiation protection while also allowing for simple access to the inside of the unit. Nuclear Shields cabinet doors and drawers include overlapping joints and seams to prevent radiation leakage. The use of stairs and interlocking doors decreases the possibility of radiation leakage from these apertures since radiation travels in straight lines. To dispose of radioactive waste, shielded lids and apertures might be put on the cabinet’s top.
For certain cabinets, a power supply must be installed within the cabinets to run the electronics. Cables may flow through shielded holes without degrading shielding. Due to the fact that they prevent radiation from exiting the cabinet in a straight line, these holes are referred to as labyrinth entrances.
To keep the contents of the cabinet safe, doors might include handles that lock shut. The lead-lined doors need heavy-duty industrial hinges to support their weight. The Nuclear Shields company may also offer to add gas struts to lessen the weight of the lead-lined door if that is still an issue. In order to keep shielding intact, all cabinet hardware is welded into the cabinet’s outside rather than screwed on.
The Dimensions of a Cabinet
Both the contents of the cabinet and the cabinet’s total weight should be taken into account. The inside shelves, which are usually adjustable, may hold up to 100 pounds. As a whole, the cabinet’s weight might be substantial. Nuclear-shields.com cabinets can easily be transported by forklifts and pallet trucks thanks to their four-inch adjustable legs. Examine the floor’s maximum weight capacity before installing a lead-lined cabinet.