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Science and Technology of Nuclear Installations
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 175492, 13 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/175492
Research Article

Transparent Inflatable Column Film Dome for Nuclear Stations, Stadiums, and Cities

1New York City University (NYCU), 1310 Avenue R, Brooklyn, NY 11229, USA
2Department of Education, Michlala College of Jerusalem, 11 Sarei Yisroel Street, Suite 14, P.O. Box 34217, Jerusalem 94390, Israel
3Strategic Solutions Technology Group, P.O. Box 15, Shavei Shomron 44858, Israel

Received 16 May 2011; Accepted 3 July 2011

Academic Editor: Arkady Serikov

Copyright © 2011 Alexander Bolonkin et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

In a series of previous articles, one of the authors published designs of the AB Dome which can cover a city, important large installations or subregions by a transparent thin film supported by a small additional air overpressure. The AB Dome keeps the outside atmospheric conditions from the interior protecting a city from chemical, bacterial, and radioactive weapons (wastes). The design in this article differs from previous one as this design employs an inflatable columns which does not need an additional pressure (overpressure) inside the dome and is cheaper in construction (no powered air pumping station) and in operation (no special entrance airlock and permanent pumping expense). When dome is supported by columns, no overpressure is required inside the dome which is important when the dome covers a damaged nuclear reactor. The nuclear reactor may produce radioactive gases and dust, and, as inflatable domes are not typically hermetically sealed, the increased pressure inside the dome can leak out gas and dust into the atmosphere. The suggested design does not have this drawback. Positive pressure gradients expel dust particles—neutral pressure gradients will not. (Negative pressure gradients may even be possible in certain configurations.)