Several applications require shielding from radiation where lead is not a feasible material. Tungsten heavy alloy provides an alternative to lead that is strong and highly customizable into precision components.
With an approximately 1.7 times greater density than lead, tungsten guarantees radiation exposure is kept to a minimum.
Benefits Of Using Tungsten
Tungsten’s higher density means the material provides better gamma ray absorption and radiation shielding. Not only is tungsten thicker than lead, but it is also easily mechanically processed/machined and has high ductility and strength.
Compared to lead, tungsten is eco-friendly due to its non-toxic properties, making it a more feasible option for use in medical environments. Further, tungsten is also preferred in industrial settings requiring radiation shielding since it uses less material than lead and provides the same absorption level.
Nuclear, Medical, and NDT Applications of Tungsten
Tungsten heavy alloy guarantees minimum radiation exposure and ensures ALARA goals in the workplace.
Tungsten heavy alloy shielding is not subject to NRC, EPA, and OSHA regulations for special constraints and is used as:
- Isotope vials and containers
- Custom shielding components
- Collimators for x-ray detectors
- Multi-leaf collimators
- Collimators for radiosurgery
Experts in Tungsten Shielding
At MarShield, we are experts in the customization of tungsten heavy alloy. Contact us today if you require radiation shielding solutions for the nuclear energy, nuclear medicine/radioisotope, diagnostic imaging, and non-destructive testing industries.