Explicit finite difference solution of the diffusion equation describing the flow of radon through soil

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-240
Journal / PublicationApplied Radiation and Isotopes
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011


Radon diffusion through soil and into air is investigated. The solution of the relevant diffusion equation is given using the explicit finite difference method. Results from a two-medium model (soil-air) are compared to those from a simplified single-medium model (soil alone). The latter are an underestimate in early stages of the diffusion process. Later on, the two models match closely and either one can be used at equilibrium conditions to calculate radon diffusion, estimate indoor radon concentration and assess health hazards. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

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  • Diffusion equation, Finite difference method, Radon, Soil