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"Radiation Hazard" Under The Wing - Why?

Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:42 pm

There's a "Radiation Hazard" warning sign under the wing of the Eurofighter, between the leading edge slats/flaps and the fuselage.

http://www.luftwaffe.de/fileserving/...e_popup.jpg?yw_repository=youatweb

Close up:

http://www.luftwaffe.de/fileserving/...e_popup.jpg?yw_repository=youatweb

(Didn't want to "steal" the pics, so I just linked to them)

Could anyone explain what kind of radiation emitting sensor is hidden there?
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BladeLWS
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RE: "Radiation Hazard" Under The Wing - Why?

Tue Feb 10, 2009 12:31 am

I can only imagine it must be for some sort of energy emitting device, like a jammer.
 
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RE: "Radiation Hazard" Under The Wing - Why?

Tue Feb 10, 2009 12:38 am

I'd agree with BladeLWS. I'd guess some kind of high powered transmitter buried in the leading edge maybe from a pylon that isn't installed.
 
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RE: "Radiation Hazard" Under The Wing - Why?

Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:08 am

That's not the symbol I'd expect for RF radiation. Maybe some AM241 in some sort of ionization/smoke detector.
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RE: "Radiation Hazard" Under The Wing - Why?

Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:51 am



Quoting KingairTA (Reply 2):
I'd agree with BladeLWS. I'd guess some kind of high powered transmitter buried in the leading edge maybe from a pylon that isn't installed.

Yep.. and probably something in the microwave band, so likely a jammer. It certainly wouldn't be anything low frequency or power.
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RE: "Radiation Hazard" Under The Wing - Why?

Tue Feb 10, 2009 4:52 pm



Quoting Nomadd22 (Reply 3):
That's not the symbol I'd expect for RF radiation.

Indeed not. That's the ionizing-radiation symbol. You can crank microwaves up to cooking strength and beyond, but they aren't going to ionize anything. It's either X-rays or above, or a particle emitter such as Nomadd22's hypothesized smoke detector.
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RE: "Radiation Hazard" Under The Wing - Why?

Wed Feb 11, 2009 3:19 am

Nope, those are the RWR. The jammers are at the tip of the wings.

 
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RE: "Radiation Hazard" Under The Wing - Why?

Fri Feb 13, 2009 1:51 pm

Ok, thanks everyone.
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RE: "Radiation Hazard" Under The Wing - Why?

Fri Feb 13, 2009 3:07 pm

Maybe it's a label for some depleted uranium or something that is used for it's weight or something.
 
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RE: "Radiation Hazard" Under The Wing - Why?

Fri Feb 13, 2009 5:08 pm



Quoting KingairTA (Reply 8):
Maybe it's a label for some depleted uranium or something that is used for it's weight or something.

Depleted uranium isn't radioactive.
It could be an overuse of the symbol for a minor hazard. Stupid thing to do, but it happens.
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RE: "Radiation Hazard" Under The Wing - Why?

Fri Feb 13, 2009 5:42 pm



Quoting Nomadd22 (Reply 9):
Quoting KingairTA (Reply 8):
Maybe it's a label for some depleted uranium or something that is used for it's weight or something.


Depleted uranium isn't radioactive.
It could be an overuse of the symbol for a minor hazard. Stupid thing to do, but it happens.

I used depleted uranium as an example and it can be very hasardous if you machine it. By machine it I mean drill holes in it, sand it, cut it etc. etc.

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