Design Considerations For A Lead Vault
Designing a lead vault or a lead cave is not always easy. What may seem to be an initially simple design can quickly become challenging to ensure the full level of radiation protection throughout the entire design.
It is important to take the time to make the necessary calculations and then to consider the shape, size and design elements that need to be present. In many cases, working directly with the manufacturer of the lead bricks or blocks provides customized support and information specific to the needs of the unique vault you are trying to construct.
Depending on where in the building the lead vault is going to be positioned, the total weight of the design is an essential factor to consider. Large vaults make with either interlocking or flat bricks can easily include bricks that weigh from fifteen to 50 pounds each, and even more with custom shape requirements.
Positioning of Bricks
Using multiple options in lengths of bricks in the design of a lead vault is a crucial consideration. It is essential to avoid lining up bricks, even interlocking bricks, in rows. This type of alignment weakens the walls of the vault or cave while staggering the areas where the bricks join greats a strong wall and base for the vault.
The more complex the shape is in the lead cave or vault, the more important it is to select interlocking bricks. These bricks provide the greatest stability in the completed structure and also make assembly easier on-site.
By working with the manufacturer of the lead bricks, the exact number of each required interlocking brick can be calculated and shipped. This saves delays in having to order additional bricks during the construction process and also eliminates incorrect orders and materials being left over.