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  1. Thermal Evaluation of a KRI-BGM Shipping Cask

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    Radioactive isotopes are used extensively in the fields of industry, medical treatment, food and agriculture. Use of radioactive isotopes is expected to increase continuously with the growth of each field. In order to safely transport radioactive isotopes from the place of manufacture to the place of use, a shipping package is required. Therefore KAERI is developing the KRI-BGM shipping cask to transport the Ir-192 bulk radioactive material, which is produced at the HANARO research reactor. The shipping package should satisfy the requirements which are prescribed in the Korea MOST Act 2001-23, IAEA Safety Standard Series No. TS-R-1, US 10 CFR Part 71 and the US 49 CFR Part 173. These regulatory classify the KRI-BGM shipping cask as a Type B package, and their regulatory guidelines state that the Type B package for transporting radioactive materials should be able to withstand a period of 30 minutes under a thermal condition of 800 .deg.. However, the polyurethane, which is to be used as the filling within the cavity of the KRIBGM shipping cask, has a very weak characteristic in a high temperature. Therefore it is difficult for the depleted uranium(hereafter DU), which is used as shielding material, to be protected under a thermal condition of 800 .deg.. Accordingly, the KRI-BGM shipping cask, which applied non-combustible polyurethane and fireproof materials as the filling, was fabricated. The thermal tests by using prototype cask have been performed to estimate the thermal integrity of the KRI-BGM shipping cask under a thermal condition of 800 .deg

  2. (Validation of) computational fluid dynamics modeling approach to evaluate VSC-17 dry storage cask thermal designs

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    This paper presents results from a numerical analysis of the thermal evaluation of a Ventilated Concrete Storage Cask VSC-17 system. Three-dimensional simulations are performed for the VSC-17 system, and the results are compared to experimental data. The VSC-17 is a concrete-shielded spent nuclear fuel (SNF) cask system designed to contain 17 pressurized water reactor (PWR) fuel assemblies for storage and transportation. The system consists of a ventilated concrete cask (VCC) and a multi-assembly sealed basket (MSB). The VCC is a concrete cylindrical vessel, fabricated as a single piece and fitted with a flat plate at the bottom. The concrete cask provides structural support, shielding, and natural convection cooling for the MSB. The MSB has an outer steel shell and an inner fuel guide sleeve assembly that holds canisters containing spent fuel rods. Cooling airflow inside the concrete cask is driven by natural convection. Heat transfer in the cask is a complicated process because of the inherent complexity of the geometry and the fixed and natural convection induced by the radioactive decay process. Other factors that contribute to the overall heat transfer include the heat generation by the spent fuel, the thermal boundary condition, the filling medium within the MSB, and the vertical or horizontal orientation of the cask. Proper thermal analysis of dry storage casks is important for accurate estimation of the peak fuel temperature and peak cladding temperature (PCT). Proper estimation of PCT ensures the integrity of cladding and is important for safety evaluation of independent spent fuel storage installations. Accurate estimation of the peak fuel temperature and peak cladding temperature ensures the integrity of the cladding. The spent nuclear fuel may be exposed to air and oxidize if the cladding is damaged and thus increase the potential for release of radioactivity. In the current analysis, numerical simulations are carried out using the computational fluid

  3. Spent Fuel Dry Storage Cask Thermal Test

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    Most nuclear power plants maintain their spent fuel discharged at a reactor in wet storage pools. However, after several years of use, many pools are filled to capacity. Therefore, finding a sufficient capacity for storage is essential because of the continued delays in obtaining a safe, interim storage facility if nuclear power plants are to be allowed to continue to operate. Dry storage cask will be one solution for solving an interim storage problem. The dry storage cask consists of two separate components: an over-pack, and a canister. The structure strength part of the over-pack is made of carbon steel, and the inner cavity of the structure strength part is filled with concrete, which accomplishes the role as a radiation shield. The outer diameter of the dry storage cask is 3,550 mm and the its overall height is 5,885 mm. It weighs approximately 135 tons. The dry storage cask accommodates 24 PWR spent fuel assemblies with a burn-up of 55,000 MWD/MTU and a cooling time of 7 years. The decay heat from the 24 PWR spent fuel assemblies is 25.2 kW This paper discusses the experimental approach used to evaluate the heat transfer characteristics of the dry storage cask

  4. Spent fuel dry storage technology development: thermal evaluation of sealed storage cask containing spent fuel

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    Schmitten, P.F.; Wright, J.B.

    1980-08-01

    A PWR spent fuel assembly was encapsulated inside the E-MAD Hot Bay and placed in a instrumented above surface storage cell during December 1978 for thermal testing. Instrumentation provided to measure canister, liner and concrete temperatures consisted of thermocouples which were inserted into tubes on the outside of the canister and liner and in three radial positions in the concrete. Temperatures from the SSC test assembly have been recorded throughout the past 16 months. Canister and liner temperatures have reached their peak values of 200{sup 0}F and 140{sup 0}F, respectively. Computer predictions of the transient and steady-state temperatures show good agreement with the test data.

  5. Spent fuel dry storage technology development: thermal evaluation of sealed storage cask containing spent fuel

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    A PWR spent fuel assembly was encapsulated inside the E-MAD Hot Bay and placed in a instrumented above surface storage cell during December 1978 for thermal testing. Instrumentation provided to measure canister, liner and concrete temperatures consisted of thermocouples which were inserted into tubes on the outside of the canister and liner and in three radial positions in the concrete. Temperatures from the SSC test assembly have been recorded throughout the past 16 months. Canister and liner temperatures have reached their peak values of 2000F and 1400F, respectively. Computer predictions of the transient and steady-state temperatures show good agreement with the test data

  6. CASKET: a computer code system for thermal and structural analyses of radioactive material transport and/or storage cask

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    A computer code system CASKET (CASK thermal and structural analyses and Evaluation code system) for the thermal and structural analyses which are indispensable for radioactive material transport and/or storage cask designs has been developed. The CASKET is a simplified computer code system to perform parametric analyses on sensitivity evaluations in designing a cask and conducting its safety analysis. Main features of the CASKET are as follow: (1) it is capable to perform impact analysis of casks with shock absorbers, (2) it is capable to perform impact analysis of casks with fins. (3) puncture analysis of casks is capable, (4) rocking analysis of casks during seismic load is capable, (5) material property data library are provided for impact analysis of casks, (6) material property data library are provided for thermal analysis of casks, (7) fin energy absorption data library are provided for impact analysis of casks with fins are and (8) not only main frame computers (OS MSP) but also work stations (OS UNIX) and personal computers (OS Windows 3.1) are available. In the paper, brief illustrations of calculation methods are presented. Some calculation results are compared with experimental ones to confirm the computer programs are useful for thermal and structural analyses. (author)

  7. CASKET: a computer code system for thermal and structural analyses of radioactive material transport and/or storage cask

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    Ikushima, Takeshi [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment

    1998-05-01

    A computer code system CASKET (CASK thermal and structural analyses and Evaluation code system) for the thermal and structural analyses which are indispensable for radioactive material transport and/or storage cask designs has been developed. The CASKET is a simplified computer code system to perform parametric analyses on sensitivity evaluations in designing a cask and conducting its safety analysis. Main features of the CASKET are as follow: (1) it is capable to perform impact analysis of casks with shock absorbers, (2) it is capable to perform impact analysis of casks with fins. (3) puncture analysis of casks is capable, (4) rocking analysis of casks during seismic load is capable, (5) material property data library are provided for impact analysis of casks, (6) material property data library are provided for thermal analysis of casks, (7) fin energy absorption data library are provided for impact analysis of casks with fins are and (8) not only main frame computers (OS MSP) but also work stations (OS UNIX) and personal computers (OS Windows 3.1) are available. In the paper, brief illustrations of calculation methods are presented. Some calculation results are compared with experimental ones to confirm the computer programs are useful for thermal and structural analyses. (author)

  8. Safety evaluation for packaging (onsite) SERF cask

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    Edwards, W.S.

    1997-10-24

    This safety evaluation for packaging (SEP) documents the ability of the Special Environmental Radiometallurgy Facility (SERF) Cask to meet the requirements of WHC-CM-2-14, Hazardous Material Packaging and Shipping, for transfer of Type B quantities (up to highway route controlled quantities) of radioactive material within the 300 Area of the Hanford Site. This document shall be used to ensure that loading, tie down, transport, and unloading of the SERF Cask are performed in accordance with WHC-CM-2-14. This SEP is valid until October 1, 1999. After this date, an update or upgrade to this document is required.

  9. Safety evaluation for packaging (onsite) SERF cask

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    This safety evaluation for packaging (SEP) documents the ability of the Special Environmental Radiometallurgy Facility (SERF) Cask to meet the requirements of WHC-CM-2-14, Hazardous Material Packaging and Shipping, for transfer of Type B quantities (up to highway route controlled quantities) of radioactive material within the 300 Area of the Hanford Site. This document shall be used to ensure that loading, tie down, transport, and unloading of the SERF Cask are performed in accordance with WHC-CM-2-14. This SEP is valid until October 1, 1999. After this date, an update or upgrade to this document is required

  10. Economic evaluation of nuclear waste transportation casks

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    A method is described which allows the systematic economic evaluation of transportation cask designs which meet the requirements of the Test and Evaluation Facility (TEF) program. The heart of the method described is the Waste Management Transportation Model. This model uses a set of computer-based algorithms to assemble specific case information input, combine this input with the data base of transportation information maintained within the model, and calculate the cask types and quantities necessary, the cask utilization factors, and the total costs for each transport line specified. The model is capable of handling a large variety of transportation problems given the specific input related to each type. Three combinations of waste packaging facilities were examined. The first assumes all consolidation and packaging occurs at an existing hot cell. The second assumes all consolidation and packaging is done at the TEF site. The third combination assumes that spent fuels are consolidated at an existing hot cell while waste packaging occurs at the TEF site. Some of the general findings are: (1) defense high-level waste (DHLW) is generally lower in cost than SF as the prime waste form because of the fewer number of shipments required prior to the waste consolidation activity; (2) when DHLW is the prime waste form, it is beneficial to locate the packaging facility (PF) close to the TEF site because the packaged waste form is heavier, more costly to transport; (3) when SF is the prime waste form, it is beneficial to locate the PF close to the waste source to reduce the length of the transport links containing unconsolidated spent fuel assemblies; and (4) truck casks, and legal weight truck casks in particular, are generally superior to the rail casks on an economic basis

  11. Thermal test and analysis of a spent fuel storage cask

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    A thermal test simulated with full-scale cask model for the normal storage was performed to verify the storage skill of the spent fuels of the cask. The maximum temperature at each point in the test was lower than the allowable temperature. The integrity of the cask was maintained. It was observed that the safety of containment system was also kept according to the check of the seal before and after the thermal test. Therefore it was shown that using the present skill, it is possible to store spent fuels in the dry-type cask safely. Moreover, because of the good agreement between analysis and experimental results, it was shown that the analysis model was successfully established to estimate the temperature distribution of the fuel cladding and the seal portion. (J.P.N.)

  12. Conceptual evaluation of metal storage cask for conditioned spent fuel

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    Seo, K. S.; Shin, H. S.; Lee, J. C.; Bang, K. S.; Kim, H. D.; Park, S. W. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    2003-07-01

    The storage parameters of spent PWR fuel are radioactivity, heat power and its volume. Those values could be reduced to about a quarter by an Advanced spent fuel Conditioning Process (ACP). Firstly, a storage concept and scenario were established considering the characteristics of conditioned spent fuel. If the efficiency of the cooling system is improved and the appropriate quantities of the conditioned spent fuel are stored, the conditioned spent fuels could be stored at a four times higher level of spent fuel storage. One storage unit of conditioned spent fuel was designed to have its capacity equivalent to one PWR spent fuel. It was supposed that a metal storage cask has 7 baskets that can load 28 storage units. Those capacities means that 28 spent PWR fuels in metal casks can be stored. The conceptual evaluations of the critical, shielding, thermal and structural fields were performed. In conclusion, the results of the conceptual evaluations show that the proposed metal cask satisfied with the important design criteria at a smaller size than the existing systems.

  13. Evaluation of improvement potential for spent fuel cask handling

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    This report describes the quantitative analysis of opportunities to improve the loading/unloading operations for spent fuel shipping casks. The improvement potential is defined as a reduction in the time for completion or worker exposure for the complete handling operations. Two casks have been chosen as representative of presently available shipping casks. These are the NAC-1/NFS-4 legal weight truck cask and the IF-300 rail cask. The handling operations for each of these casks are broken down into a series of sequential steps. The time for completion and worker exposure is described by a probability density function for each step. These step descriptions are then combined to form a base case description of the total loading/unloading operation. Potential improvement opportunities are evaluated by modifying the appropriate probability density function descriptors then recombining the steps to form a probabilistic description of the modified operation

  14. COMPILATION OF DISPOSABLE SOLID WASTE CASK EVALUATIONS

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    The Disposable Solid Waste Cask (DSWC) is a shielded cask capable of transporting, storing, and disposing of six non-fuel core components or approximately 27 cubic feet of radioactive solid waste. Five existing DSWCs are candidates for use in storing and disposing of non-fuel core components and radioactive solid waste from the Interim Examination and Maintenance Cell, ultimately shipping them to the 200 West Area disposal site for burial. A series of inspections, studies, analyses, and modifications were performed to ensure that these casks can be used to safely ship solid waste. These inspections, studies, analyses, and modifications are summarized and attached in this report. Visual inspection of the casks interiors provided information with respect to condition of the casks inner liners. Because water was allowed to enter the casks for varying lengths of time, condition of the cask liner pipe to bottom plate weld was of concern. Based on the visual inspection and a corrosion study, it was concluded that four of the five casks can be used from a corrosion standpoint. Only DSWC S/N-004 would need additional inspection and analysis to determine its usefulness. The five remaining DSWCs underwent some modification to prepare them for use. The existing cask lifting inserts were found to be corroded and deemed unusable. New lifting anchor bolts were installed to replace the existing anchors. Alternate lift lugs were fabricated for use with the new lifting anchor bolts. The cask tiedown frame was modified to facilitate adjustment of the cask tiedowns. As a result of the above mentioned inspections, studies, analysis, and modifications, four of the five existing casks can be used to store and transport waste from the Interim Examination and Maintenance Cell to the disposal site for burial. The fifth cask, DSWC S/N-004, would require further inspections before it could be used

  15. COMPILATION OF DISPOSABLE SOLID WASTE CASK EVALUATIONS

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    THIELGES, J.R.; CHASTAIN, S.A.

    2007-06-21

    The Disposable Solid Waste Cask (DSWC) is a shielded cask capable of transporting, storing, and disposing of six non-fuel core components or approximately 27 cubic feet of radioactive solid waste. Five existing DSWCs are candidates for use in storing and disposing of non-fuel core components and radioactive solid waste from the Interim Examination and Maintenance Cell, ultimately shipping them to the 200 West Area disposal site for burial. A series of inspections, studies, analyses, and modifications were performed to ensure that these casks can be used to safely ship solid waste. These inspections, studies, analyses, and modifications are summarized and attached in this report. Visual inspection of the casks interiors provided information with respect to condition of the casks inner liners. Because water was allowed to enter the casks for varying lengths of time, condition of the cask liner pipe to bottom plate weld was of concern. Based on the visual inspection and a corrosion study, it was concluded that four of the five casks can be used from a corrosion standpoint. Only DSWC S/N-004 would need additional inspection and analysis to determine its usefulness. The five remaining DSWCs underwent some modification to prepare them for use. The existing cask lifting inserts were found to be corroded and deemed unusable. New lifting anchor bolts were installed to replace the existing anchors. Alternate lift lugs were fabricated for use with the new lifting anchor bolts. The cask tiedown frame was modified to facilitate adjustment of the cask tiedowns. As a result of the above mentioned inspections, studies, analysis, and modifications, four of the five existing casks can be used to store and transport waste from the Interim Examination and Maintenance Cell to the disposal site for burial. The fifth cask, DSWC S/N-004, would require further inspections before it could be used.

  16. Thermal analysis on NAC-STC spent fuel transport cask under different transport conditions

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    Highlights: • Spent fuel cask was investigated as a whole instead of fuel assembly alone. • The cask was successfully modeled and meshed after several simplifications. • Equivalence method was used to calculate the properties of parts. • Both the integral thermal field and peak values are captured to verify safety. • The temperature variations of key parts were also plotted. - Abstract: Transport casks used for conveying spent nuclear fuel are inseparably related to the safety of the whole reprocessing system for spent nuclear fuel. Thus they must be designed according to rigorous safety standards including thermal analysis. In this paper, for NAC-STC cask, a finite element model is established based on some proper simplifications on configurations and the heat transfer mechanisms. Considering the complex components and gaps, the equivalence method is presented to define their material properties. Then an equivalent convection coefficient is introduced to define boundary conditions. Finally, the temperature field is captured and analyzed under both normal and accident transport conditions by using ANSYS software. The validity of numerical calculation is given by comparing its results with theoretical calculation. Obtaining the integral distribution laws of temperature and peak temperature values of all vital components, the security of the cask can be evaluated and verified

  17. Spent fuel shipping cask accident evaluation

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    Mathematical models have been developed to simulate the dynamic behavior, following a hypothetical accident and fire, of typical casks designed for the rail shipment of spent fuel from nuclear reactors, and to determine the extent of radioactive releases under postulated conditions. The casks modeled were the IF-300, designed by the General Electric Company for the shipment of spent LWR fuel, and a cask designed by the Aerojet Manufacturing Company for the shipment of spent LMFBR fuel

  18. Nondestructive evaluation of monolithic transportation casks for spent nuclear fuel

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    When spent fuel from nuclear reactors must be transported by rail or truck, Federal regulations require that it be enclosed in shipping casks that satisfy a number of stringent requirements. One configuration that is under consideration for such casks consists of monolithic metal cylinders approximately 17 ft. (5 m) long, 8 ft. (2.5 m) in diameter, with 14-in. (35-cm) thick walls. The casks are to be fabricated by casting or forging with one integrally closed end. The materials being considered for this application are austenitic steel, ferritic steel, and nodular cast iron. The thick walls are needed in order to absorb most of the radiation emitted by the contents. In addition, the casks must be capable of withstanding severe transportation accidents without a breach of the cask walls that would permit the escape of any radiation. The National Bureau of Standards conducted a study to evaluate the inspectability of the casks. The study showed that current NDE technology is adequate for inspecting the casks, provided that the inspection personnel are well trained in their respective methods, and that they are experienced with the equipment and their specific techniques, and have been properly qualified in this application. The capabilities of many NDE techniques were evaluated in the study. These techniques were based upon all of the principal NDE methods in use today, including ultrasonics, acoustic emission, radiology, liquid penetrants, magnetic particles, eddy currents, and visual inspection

  19. Cooling performance evaluation of the concrete cask

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    The concrete cask storage system stores spent fuel by first sealing it within canisters and then containing such canisters inside a concrete cask. This report describes the results of a full-size model test performed to examine the heat dissipation characteristics of the concrete cask and to ascertain its ability to deal with elevated temperature. The specification to which a full-size concrete cask model was fabricated assumed an interim storage of 17x17UO2 fuel that was burned in PWR, estimating the heating value of spent fuel containing canister to be approximately 20 kW apiece. The test, which actually covered canister heating values ranging from 10 kW to 30 kW per unit to allow for temperature variations likely to be experienced in actual operation, verified that the concrete cask member did not exceed temperature limits. Test condition anticipated highest air temperature inside the spent fuel storage facility to be 30degC and, with reference to existing standard, set temperature limits of 65degC or less for the main body of concrete and 90degC or less for the local part as criteria. Preliminary 3-D thermo hydrodynamic analysis done prior to the test indicated that the temperature of the local part of the concrete cask member would be below 90degC. It also confirmed that steel material used as the structural member of the canisters or concrete cask would remain around 200degC even in an area where it was highest, validating that the integrity of such material would pose no problem from the analytical point of view. Heat dissipation performance test conducted in steady state verified that the concrete cask was able to have a sufficient cooling capacity against per-canister heating values in the 10 kW to 30 kW range which had been chosen in anticipation of temperature variation thought to be encountered in actual service. Also, to examine the consequence of the concrete cask having lost its cooling ability, another heat dissipation test was carried out under

  20. PRELIMINARY REPORT: EFFECTS OF IRRADIATION AND THERMAL EXPOSURE ON ELASTOMERIC SEALS FOR CASK TRANSPORTATION AND STORAGE

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    Verst, C.; Skidmore, E.; Daugherty, W.

    2014-05-30

    A testing and analysis approach to predict the sealing behavior of elastomeric seal materials in dry storage casks and evaluate their ability to maintain a seal under thermal and radiation exposure conditions of extended storage and beyond was developed, and initial tests have been conducted. The initial tests evaluate the aging response of EPDM elastomer O-ring seals. The thermal and radiation exposure conditions of the CASTOR® V/21 casks were selected for testing as this cask design is of interest due to its widespread use, and close proximity of the seals to the fuel compared to other cask designs leading to a relatively high temperature and dose under storage conditions. A novel test fixture was developed to enable compression stress relaxation measurements for the seal material at the thermal and radiation exposure conditions. A loss of compression stress of 90% is suggested as the threshold at which sealing ability of an elastomeric seal would be lost. Previous studies have shown this value to be conservative to actual leakage failure for most aging conditions. These initial results indicate that the seal would be expected to retain sealing ability throughout extended storage at the cask design conditions, though longer exposure times are needed to validate this assumption. The high constant dose rate used in the testing is not prototypic of the decreasingly low dose rate that would occur under extended storage. The primary degradation mechanism of oxidation of polymeric compounds is highly dependent on temperature and time of exposure, and with radiation expected to exacerbate the oxidation.

  1. Structural evaluation and analysis under normal conditions for spent fuel concrete storage cask

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    The purpose of this paper is the verification of stabilities of the structural elements that influence the safety of a concrete storage cask. The evaluation results were reviewed with respect to every design criterion, in terms of whether the results satisfy the criteria, provided by 10CFR 72 and NUREG-1536. The basic information on the design is partially explained in 2. Description of spent fuel storage system and the maintainability and assumptions included in the analysis were confirmed through detailed explanations of the acceptable standards, analysis model, and analysis method. ABAQUS 6.10, a widely used finite element analysis program, was used in the structural analysis. The storage cask shall maintain the sub-criticality, shielding, structural integrity, thermal capability and confinement in accordance with the requirements specified in US 10 CFR 72. The safety of storage cask is analyzed and it has been confirmed to meet the requirements of US 10 CFR 72. This paper summarizes the structural stability evaluation results of a concrete storage cask with respect to the design criteria. The evaluation results of this paper show that the maximum stress was below the allowable stress under every condition, and the concrete storage cask satisfied the design criteria

  2. Development of Thermal Analysis Capability of Dry Storage Cask for Spend Fuel Interim Storage

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    As most of the nuclear power plants, on-site spent fuel pools (SFP) of Taiwan's plants were not originally designed with a storage capacity for all the spent fuel generated over the operating life by their reactors. For interim spent fuel storage, dry casks are one of the most reliable measures to on-site store over-filled assemblies from SFPs. The NUHOMSR-52B System consisting of a canister stored horizontally in a concrete module is selected for thermal evaluation in this paper. The performance of each cask in criticality, radioactive, material and thermal needs to be carefully addressed to ensure its enduring safety. Regarding the thermal features of dry storage casks, three different kinds of heat transfer mechanisms are involved, which include natural convection heat transfer outside and/or inside the canister, radiation heat transfer inside and outside the canister, and conduction heat transfer inside the canister. To analyze the thermal performance of dry storage casks, RELAP5-3D is adopted to calculate the natural air convection and radiation heat transfer outside the canister to the ambient environment, and ANSYS is applied to calculate the internal conduction and radiation heat transfer. During coupling iteration between codes, the heat energy across the canister wall needs to be conserved, and the inner wall temperature of the canister needs to be converged. By the coupling of RELAP5-3D and ANSYS, the temperature distribution within each fuel assembly inside canisters can be calculated and the peaking cladding temperature can be identified. (authors)

  3. CONTAINMENT EVALUATION OF BREACHED AL-SNF FOR CASK TRANSPORT

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    Vinson, D. W.; Sindelar, R. L.; Iyer, N. C.

    2005-11-07

    Aluminum-based spent nuclear fuel (Al-SNF) from foreign and domestic research reactors (FRR/DRR) is being shipped to the Savannah River Site. To enter the U.S., the cask with loaded fuel must be certified to comply with the requirements in the Title 10 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, Part 71. The requirements include demonstration of containment of the cask with its contents under normal and accident conditions. Al-SNF is subject to corrosion degradation in water storage, and many of the fuel assemblies are ''failed'' or have through-clad damage. A methodology has been developed with technical bases to show that Al-SNF with cladding breaches can be directly transported in standard casks and maintained within the allowable release rates. The approach to evaluate the limiting allowable leakage rate, L{sub R}, for a cask with breached Al-SNF for comparison to its test leakage rate could be extended to other nuclear material systems. The approach for containment analysis of Al-SNF follows calculations for commercial spent fuel as provided in NUREG/CR-6487 that adopts ANSI N14.5 as a methodology for containment analysis. The material-specific features and characteristics of damaged Al-SNF (fuel materials, fabrication techniques, microstructure, radionuclide inventory, and vapor corrosion rates) that were derived from literature sources and/or developed in laboratory testing are applied to generate the four containment source terms that yield four separate cask cavity activity densities; namely, those from fines; gaseous fission product species; volatile fission product species; and fuel assembly crud. The activity values, A{sub 2}, are developed per the guidance of 10CFR71. The analysis is performed parametrically to evaluate maximum number of breached assemblies and exposed fuel area for a proposed shipment in a cask with a test leakage rate.

  4. Structural evaluation of spent fuel dry storage cask

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    In a various regulations and standards related to the spent fuel storage, the storage casks should be designed to sustain the structural integrity under the accident conditions of predicted operation and design criteria. These conditions for the structural evaluation requires the drop, tip-over, wind like tornado and typhoon, flood and earthquake. This paper describes the load cases and conceptual evaluation method for the structural evaluation. Preliminary safety analysis of the concrete storage system were performed

  5. An economic evaluation of a storage system for casks with burnup credit

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    It is generally recognized that casks designed with burnup credit are more economical than those without burnup credit. To estimate how much more economical they are, we made conceptual designs of transport/storage casks with and without burnup credit for PWR and BWR fuels of various uranium enrichment. The casks were designed to contain the maximum number of fuel assemblies under the necessary weight and dimensional limitations as well as the criticality and shielding criteria. The results showed that approximately 8 % to 44 % more fuel assemblies could be contained in casks with burnup credit. We then evaluated the economy of cask storage system incorporating the cask designs obtained above both with and without burnup credit. The results showed that the cost of storing casks with burnup credit is approximately 7 % to 30 % less expensive than storing casks without burnup credit. (J.P.N.)

  6. STACE: Source Term Analyses for Containment Evaluations of transport casks

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    The development of the Source Term Analyses for Containment Evaluations (STACE) methodology provides a unique means for estimating the probability of cladding breach within transport casks, quantifying the amount of radioactive material released into the cask interior, and calculating the releasable radionuclide concentrations and corresponding maximum permissible leakage rates. Following the guidance of ANSI N14.5, the STACE methodology provides a technically defensible means for estimating maximum permissible leakage rates. These containment criteria attempt to reflect the true radiological hazard by performing a detailed examination of the spent fuel, CRUD, and residual contamination contributions to the releasable source term. The evaluation of the spent fuel contribution to the source team has been modeled fairly accurately using the STACE methodology. The structural model predicts the cask drop load history, the mechanical response of the fuel assembly, and the probability of cladding breach. These data are then used to predict the amount of fission gas, volitile species, and fuel fines that are releasable from the cask. There are some areas where data are sparse or lacking in which experimental validation is planned. Finally, the ANSI N14.5 recommendation that 3% and 100% of the fuel rods fail during normal and hypothetical accident conditions of transport, respectively, has been show to be overly conservative by several degrees of magnitude for these example analyses. Furthermore, the maximum permissible leakage rates for this example assembly under normal and hypothetical accident conditions are significanly higher that the leaktight requirements. By relaxing the maximum permissible leakage rates, the source term methodology is expected to significantly improvecask economics and safety

  7. Methodology for a thermal analysis of a proposed SFR transport cask with the thermal code SYRTHES

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    Fast reactors with liquid metal coolant have received a renewed interest owing to the need of a more efficient usage of the primary uranium resources, and they are one of the proposal for the next Generation IV. In the framework of the 2006 French law on sustainable management of radioactive materials and waste, an evaluation of the industrial perspectives of minor actinides transmutation advantages and drawbacks in Generation IV fast spectrum reactors system is requested for 2012. The CEA is in charge of studying the global problem, but on some aspects, EDF is interested to do its own exploratory studies. Among other points, transport is seen as important for the nuclear industry, to link points of production and treatment. Nuclear fuel is generally transported in thick walled rail or truck casks. These packages are designed to provide confinement, shielding and criticality protection during normal and severe transport conditions. Heat generated within the fuel (and a contribution of solar heating) makes the package becoming quite hot, but one must demonstrate that the cladding temperature does not exceed a long term temperature limit during normal transport. This paper presents a thermal study done on a package in which 9 SFR assemblies are included. Each of them is of hexagonal shape and contains 271 fuel pins. The approach followed for these calculations is to rely on an explicit representation of all pins. For these calculations a 2D analysis is performed thanks to the thermal code SYRTHES. Conduction is solved thanks to a finite element method, while thermal radiation is handled through a radiosity approach. The main aim of this paper is to present a possible numerical methodology to handle the thermal problem. (authors)

  8. Effect of Loading Pattern on Thermal and Shielding Performance of a Spent Fuel Cask

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    This study analyzes the effect of non.-uniform load patterns on peak fuel cladding temperatures and cask surface dose rates using previously validated analytical methods. The study was performed using a spent fuel storage cask that was designed to hold 24 spent fuel assemblies with a decay heat load of 24 kW. The fuel was selected to have cooling times of 3.5 to 10 years, burnups of 20 to 60 GWd/MTU, and enrichments of 2.4 to 4.8%. Three radial power distributions were considered in the study: uniform loading, hotter assemblies in the center of the cask, and hotter assemblies near the wall of the cask. Seventeen different load patterns were selected. For a given decay heat load in the cask, loading assemblies with higher decay heat output around the outside of the cask results in lower peak fuel cladding temperatures than loading hotter assemblies in the center of the cask. Several of the load patterns resulted in a peak cladding temperature that was lower than for a uniformly loaded cask. Seven source terms were selected to provide the thermal output used in the thermal analysis. A constant power density of 32 MW/MTU was used for all irradiation calculations. Cooling times were selected to provide the decay heat values used in the thermal analysis. Photon dose rates are dominated by the cobalt-60 in the bottom-end fittings, top-end fittings, and plenum and are proportional to fuel burnup. For short cooling times, photon dose rates on the side of the cask are somewhat higher due to short-lived fission products. Cask loadings with high decay heat assemblies near the periphery exhibit increased photon dose rates on the side surface and top and bottom surfaces away from the centerline. Near the centerline, on the top and bottom of the cask, the dose rates are reduced substantially. Neutron dose rates increase exponentially with burnup and are nearly independent of cooling time.

  9. A CFD analysis of thermal behaviour of transportation cask under fire test conditions

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    Highlights: → Melting and natural convection of lead in cask has been studied using CFD for the first time. → The role of turbulent natural convection on melting was pronounced. → The study establishes the importance of natural convection for accurate thermal design of cask. - Abstract: Thermal design of transportation cask for shipping radioactive waste needs strict compliance with the guidelines of the regulatory bodies. Lead shielding is usually provided in these casks for arresting gamma rays and reducing hazardous emissions to the environment below permissible limits. During transportation, accidental fire may break out and cause melting of lead for a prescribed duration. The present analysis reports, for the first time, a comprehensive CFD analysis of the thermal behaviour of melting of lead under high Rayleigh number convection during the fire test. The study reveals a substantial influence of natural convection on the thermal state and melting behaviour of lead which may have a great bearing on the safety and security of public during transportation of cask.

  10. STABILITY EVALUATION OF METAL CASK ATTACHED TO A TRANSFER PALLET DURING LONG-PERIOD SEISMIC MOTIONS

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    Kawaguchi, Shohei; Shirai, Koji; Kanazawa, Kenji

    Rocking behavior of unfixed body is affected by center of mass, material coefficient of restitution and so on. 2/5 scale metal cask model considering these parameter was used for seismic test to evaluate stability of grounding metal cask attached to a transfer pallet under the influence of long-period earthquake motion. The newest knowledge from seismic test indicates seismic motion with high velocity over 100 kine not always cause the raise of response velocity of metal cask because of energy consumption by cask sliding and impact deformation of concrete. And new estimation method (called "Window energy spectrum method") of earthquake response spectrum gives suitable evaluation of response energy.

  11. Safety evaluation of dry-cask storage facility for spent fuel during earthquake

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    Design criteria of storage facilities were established considering the special circumstances of Japan, such as limited site area and strong earthquakes. Therefore, it is necessary to confirm the integrity in the rare case of the collapse of storage building and gantry crane, the cooling performance of cask buried in concrete rubbish, and the resistance for overture of dry storage cask during earthquake. This report evaluated the security for impact load of falling body such as concrete wall or gantry crane, the stability of the dry storage cask during earthquake, and the cooling performance of cask. (author)

  12. Nuclear Criticality Safety Evaluation of the 9965, 9968, 9972, 9973, 9974, and 9975 Shipping Casks

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    A Nuclear Criticality Safety Evaluation (NCSE) has been performed for the 9965, 9968, 9972, 9973, 9974, and 9975 SRS-designed shipping casks. This was done in support of the recertification effort for the 9965 and 9968, and the certification of the newly designed 9972-9975 series. The analysis supports the use of these packages as Fissile Class I for shipment of fissionable material from the SRS FB-Line, HB-Line, and from Lawrence Livermore national Laboratory. six different types of material were analyzed with varying Isotopic composition, of both oxide and metallic form. The mass limits required to support the fissile Class I rating for each of the envelopes are given in the Table below. These mass limits apply if DOE approves an exception as described in 10 CFR 71.55(c), such that water leakage into the primary containment vessel does not need to be considered in the criticality analysis. If this exception is not granted, the mass limits are lower than those shown below. this issue is discussed in detail in sections 5 and 6 of the report.One finding from this work is important enough to highlight in the abstract. The fire tests performed for this family of shipping casks indicates only minimal charring of the Celotex thermal insulation. Analysis of the casks with no Celotex insulation (assuming it has all burned away), results in values of k-eff that exceed 1.0. Therefore, the Celotex insulation must remain intact in order to guarantee sub criticality of the 9972-9975 family of shipping casks

  13. Research Reactor Spent Fuel Transfer/Storage Cask with Application to TRIGA Fuel - Designed Cask Shielding Independent Evaluation

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    Margeanu, C.A.; Iorgulis, C. [Reactor Physics, Nuclear Fuel Performances and Nuclear Safety Department, Institute for Nuclear Research Pitesti, Campului Street, no.1, 115400 Mioveni (Romania); Ciocanescu, M. [Institute for Nuclear Research Pitesti, Campului Street, no.1, 115400 Mioveni (Romania); Prava, M. [Design Department, Institute for Nuclear Research Pitesti, Campului Str, no.1, 115400 Mioveni (Romania); Margeanu, S. [Radiation Protection Department, Institute for Nuclear Research Pitesti, Campului Street, no.1, 115400 Mioveni (Romania)

    2011-07-01

    Institute for Nuclear Research (INR) Pitesti owns and operates a TRIGA dual-core Research Reactor for material testing, power reactor fuel and nuclear safety studies (dual-core concept involves independent operation of TRIGA 14 MW Steady-State Reactor and TRIGA Annular-Core Pulsing Reactor at each end of a large pool). In May 2006, TRIGA 14 MW SSR core was fully converted to Low Enriched Uranium (LEU 20 wt% {sup 235}U) fuel, according to Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors agreements and current worldwide non-proliferation efforts. Paper presents a shielding independent evaluation applied to designed transfer/ storage cask for TRIGA INR spent fuel, a mandatory step in preparation of the documentation required for spent fuel transfer/storage cask authorisation process. Fuel elements irradiation was modelled by assuming constant power for entire residence time inside reactor core, for 14 MW reactor operation power and two different scenarios characteristic for accident calculations according to TRIGA 14 MW SSR safety report and reactor operation experience. The discharged spent LEU fuel was cooled down for 2 and 5 years, respectively. Source term assessment and spent fuel characteristic parameters estimation were done by means of ORIGEN-S burn-up code (included in Oak Ridge National Laboratory's SCALE6 package) with specific cross-sections libraries, updating data for each burn-up step. For the transfer/storage cask shielding analysis, two different cases have been considered, the main difference residing in TRIGA fuel elements loading. The radiation dose rates to the transfer/storage cask wall and in air at different distances from the cask have been estimated by means of MAVRIC/Monaco shielding 3D Monte Carlo code included in ORNL's SCALE6 package. (author)

  14. Research Reactor Spent Fuel Transfer/Storage Cask with Application to TRIGA Fuel - Designed Cask Shielding Independent Evaluation

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    Institute for Nuclear Research (INR) Pitesti owns and operates a TRIGA dual-core Research Reactor for material testing, power reactor fuel and nuclear safety studies (dual-core concept involves independent operation of TRIGA 14 MW Steady-State Reactor and TRIGA Annular-Core Pulsing Reactor at each end of a large pool). In May 2006, TRIGA 14 MW SSR core was fully converted to Low Enriched Uranium (LEU 20 wt% 235U) fuel, according to Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors agreements and current worldwide non-proliferation efforts. Paper presents a shielding independent evaluation applied to designed transfer/ storage cask for TRIGA INR spent fuel, a mandatory step in preparation of the documentation required for spent fuel transfer/storage cask authorisation process. Fuel elements irradiation was modelled by assuming constant power for entire residence time inside reactor core, for 14 MW reactor operation power and two different scenarios characteristic for accident calculations according to TRIGA 14 MW SSR safety report and reactor operation experience. The discharged spent LEU fuel was cooled down for 2 and 5 years, respectively. Source term assessment and spent fuel characteristic parameters estimation were done by means of ORIGEN-S burn-up code (included in Oak Ridge National Laboratory's SCALE6 package) with specific cross-sections libraries, updating data for each burn-up step. For the transfer/storage cask shielding analysis, two different cases have been considered, the main difference residing in TRIGA fuel elements loading. The radiation dose rates to the transfer/storage cask wall and in air at different distances from the cask have been estimated by means of MAVRIC/Monaco shielding 3D Monte Carlo code included in ORNL's SCALE6 package. (author)

  15. TRANSPORTATION CASK RECEIPT/RETURN FACILITY CRITICALITY SAFETY EVALUATIONS

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    2005-04-26

    The purpose of this design calculation is to demonstrate that the handling operations of transportation casks performed in the Transportation Cask Receipt and Return Facility (TCRRF) and Buffer Area meet the nuclear criticality safety design criteria specified in the ''Project Design Criteria (PDC) Document'' (BSC [Bechtel SAIC Company] 2004 [DIRS 171599], Section 4.9.2.2), and the functional nuclear criticality safety requirement described in the ''Transportation Cask Receipt/Return Facility Description Document'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 170217], Section 3.2.3). Specific scope of work contained in this activity consists of the following items: (1) Evaluate criticality effects for both dry and fully flooded conditions pertaining to TCRRF and Buffer Area operations for defense in depth. (2) Evaluate Category 1 and 2 event sequences for the TCRRF as identified in the ''Categorization of Event Sequences for License Application'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 167268], Section 7). This evaluation includes credible fuel reconfiguration conditions. In addition to the scope of work listed above, an evaluation was also performed of modeling assumptions for commercial spent nuclear fuel (CSNF) regarding inclusion of plenum and end regions of the active fuel. This calculation is limited to CSNF and US Department of Energy (DOE) SNF. it should be mentioned that the latter waste form is evaluated more in depth in the ''Canister Handling Facility Criticality Safety Calculations (BSC 2004 [DIRS 167614]). Further, the design and safety analyses of the naval SNF canisters are the responsibility of the US Department of the Navy (Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program) and will not be included in this document. In addition, this calculation is valid for the current design of the TCRRF and Buffer Area and may not reflect the ongoing design evolution of the facility. However, it is anticipated that design changes to the facility layout will

  16. Thermal analysis of spent fuel storage cask using the fluent code

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    Thermal analysis for spent fuel storage cask loaded with 24 spent PWR fuel assemblies has been carried out using the Fluent code to verify the reliability of analysis method and procedure. And the temperature distribution for storage cask loaded with 24 metalized fuels equivalent to 96 PWR fuels has been also calculated. It is found that the storage volume of PWR assembly is reduced to a quarter and the heat load is reduced to a half by the preferential elimination of Sr-90 and Cs-137 through the metalization process of spent PWR fuel. Total decay heat from 24 spent PWR fuels and 24 metalized spent fuels are 28 kW and 54 kW, respectively. The calculated temperatures for 24 spent PWR fuels were compared with the proven data presented from the safety analysis report of spent fuel storage cask. It has good agreement between the two results, and it is also found that the feasibility of the analysis method and procedure has been confirmed by the results to estimate the temperature for the spent fuel storage cask. The maximum fuel temperature for 24 metalized spent fuel assemblies inside the cask is calculated at 617 .deg. C

  17. Thermal Analysis of Conceptual Multi-Purpose Dry Cask for Spent Nuclear Fuel

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    It can transport the nuclear spent fuel such as KN-12 and also can store long-term duration which is needed for fuel disposal. By using this multi-functional cask, we can minimize the cost for building another spent fuel pool. However, it must fulfill some criteria for criticality, radiation shielding, thermal evaluation and so on, and these criteria are categorized and regulated by 10CFR Part 71. In this paper, the thermal analysis of conceptual MPC is illustrated by using the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code, FLUENT. Conduction, convection and radiation are all considered for normal condition and for hypothetical accident condition. After the conceptual model and its characteristic are explained, Boundary conditions and temperature criteria for simulation also introduced. The 2D cross-section model is analyzed considering the gap size effect and the 3D entire model is explained including mesh quality. Thermal analysis for the 2D and 3D MPC model of MPC was performed with using FLUENT for normal and hypothetical accident conditions. All components satisfied the design criteria and the low margin at the specific components should be carefully considered. It was noted that the effect of gap size was insignificant to the thermal limit of the MPC design. For the 3D analysis, it was recognized that the mesh quality for the simulation including 'orthogonality' and 'spect ratio' should be carefully maintain for the accurate analysis

  18. A simplified computational scheme for thermal analysis of LWR spent fuel dry storage and transportation cask

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    A simplified computational scheme for thermal analysis of the LWR spent fuel dry storage and transportation casks has been developed using two-step thermal analysis method incorporating effective thermal conductivity model for the homogenized spent fuel assembly. To overcome modeling difficulties arising from the complexity of geometry in large PWR metal casks, a multiple cylinder model is used to calculate the temperature profile of a cylindrical cask body in the first step analysis. In the second step analysis, Cartesian coordinate system is adopted to calculate the temperature distributions of the disk-type structures such as fuel basket and aluminium heat transfer fin using three-dimensional conduction analysis model. An existing HEATING 7.2f code has been used in the present two-step numerical analyses. Effects of aluminium heat transfer fin and the cask ambient conditions on the maximum fuel temperature have been examined as a parametric study. A comparison between the predicted maximum fuel temperature and the data of Nuclear Assurance Corporation Storage and Transportation Canister Safety Analysis Report (NAC-STC SAR) shows good agreement

  19. A simplified computational scheme for thermal analysis of LWR spent fuel dry storage and transportation casks

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    A simplified computational scheme for thermal analysis of the LWR spent fuel dry storage and transportation casks has been developed using two-step thermal analysis method incorporating effective thermal conductivity model for the homogenized spent fuel assembly. Although a lot of computer codes and analytical models have been developed for application to the fields of thermal analysis of dry storage and/or transportation casks, some difficulties in its analysis arise from the complexity of the geometry including the rod bundles of spent fuel and the heat transfer phenomena in the cavity of cask. Particularly, if the disk-type structures such as fuel baskets and aluminium heat transfer fins are included, the thermal analysis problems in the cavity are very complex. To overcome these difficulties, cylindrical coordinate system is adopted to calculate the temperature profile of a cylindrical cask body using the multiple cylinder model as the step-1 analysis of the present study. In the step-2 analysis, Cartesian coordinate system is adopted to calculate the temperature distributions of the disk-type structures such as fuel basket and aluminium heat transfer fin using three- dimensional conduction analysis model. The effective thermal conductivity for homogenized spent fuel assembly based on Manteufel and Todreas model is incorporated in step-2 analysis to predict the maximum fuel temperature. The presented two-step computational scheme has been performed using an existing HEATING 7.2 code and the effective thermal conductivity for the homogenized spent fuel assembly has been calculated by additional numerical analyses. Sample analyses of five cases are performed for NAC-STC including normal transportation condition to examine the applicability of the presented simplified computational scheme for thermal analysis of the large LWR spent fuel dry storage and transportation casks and heat transfer characteristics in the cavity of the cask with the disk-type structures

  20. Evaluation of Impact Resistance of Concrete Overpack of Storage Cask

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    Lee, Sanghoon; Kim, Ki-Young; Jeon, Je-Eon; Seo, Ki-Seog [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

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    The concrete overpack of the cask provides radiation shielding as well as physical protection for inner canister against external mechanical shock. When the overpack undergoes a severe missile impact which might be caused by tornado or aircraft crash, it should sustain minimal level of structural integrity so that the radiation shielding and the retrievability of canister are maintained. Empirical formulas have been developed for the evaluation of concrete damage but those formulas can be used only for local damage evaluation and not for global damage evaluation. In this research, a series of numerical simulations and tests have been performed to evaluate the damage of two types of concrete overpack segment models under high speed missile impact. It is shown that appropriate modeling of material failure is crucial in this kind of analyses and finding the correct failure parameters may not be straightforward. When comparing the simulation results with the test results, it is shown that neither setting, case 1 and 2 provides results with consistent agreement with test results. That is, case 1 setting is more close to reality in Type 1 model analysis, but for Type 2, case 2 setting provides more close results to the reality. In both the case, not enough deformation is predicted by simulation compared to the tests. Weak failure and eroding criteria give larger penetration depth with insufficient overall damage due to energy loss with element erosion.

  1. Analysis technology in the thick plate free drop impact, heat and thermal stress of the cask for radioactive material transport

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    In this study, The regulatory condition and analysis condition is analyzed for thick plate free drop, heat and thermal stress analysis to develop the safety assessment technology. Analysis is performed with finite element method which is one of the many analysis methods of the shipping cask. ANSYS, LS-DYNA3D and ABAQUS is suitable for thick plate free drop, heat and thermal stress analysis of the shipping cask. For the analysis model, the KSC-4 that is the shipping cask to transport spent nuclear fuel is investigated. The results of both LS-DYNA3D and ABAQUS for thick plate free drop and the results of ANSYS, LS-DYNA3D and ABAQUS for heat and thermal stress analysis is completely corresponded. And the integrity of the shipping cask is verified. Using this study, the reliable safety assessment technology is supplied to the staff. The efficient and reliable regulatory tasks is performed using the standard safety assessment technology

  2. Analysis technology in the thick plate free drop impact, heat and thermal stress of the cask for radioactive material transport

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    Lee, Dew Hey [Korea Institute of Nuclear and Safety, Taejon (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Young Shin; Ryu, Chung Hyun; Kim, Hyun Su; Choi, Kyung Joo; Choi, Young Jin; Lee, Jae Hyung; Na, Jae Yun; Kim, Seong Jong [Chungnam National Univ., Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    2002-03-15

    In this study, The regulatory condition and analysis condition is analyzed for thick plate free drop, heat and thermal stress analysis to develop the safety assessment technology. Analysis is performed with finite element method which is one of the many analysis methods of the shipping cask. ANSYS, LS-DYNA3D and ABAQUS is suitable for thick plate free drop, heat and thermal stress analysis of the shipping cask. For the analysis model, the KSC-4 that is the shipping cask to transport spent nuclear fuel is investigated. The results of both LS-DYNA3D and ABAQUS for thick plate free drop and the results of ANSYS, LS-DYNA3D and ABAQUS for heat and thermal stress analysis is completely corresponded. And the integrity of the shipping cask is verified. Using this study, the reliable safety assessment technology is supplied to the staff. The efficient and reliable regulatory tasks is performed using the standard safety assessment technology.

  3. Drop accident analyses of dry metal cask without impact limiter and evaluation of leak rate

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    In Japan, utilities are preparing to commence a private Interim Storage Facility (ISF) of spent fuels in Mutucity, Aomori prefecture from 2010. In the ISF, metal casks for transport and storage will be adopted and handled without an impact limiter. Cask drop tests without the impact limiter using an actual size simulated cask were carried out by CRIEPI (Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry) in 2005. Then cases of cask drop tests were analyzed and the leak rate characteristics of a metal gasket were investigated. A general non-linear dynamic simulation computer code LS-DYNA was used in analyses. The collision velocity of the cask was calculated assuming free drop from an initial position for both horizontal drop and rotational drop. Although the drop height was 1 m in the tests, it was changed to 1.5 m and 2.0 m as parameters in the calculation for investigation of the leak rate characteristic. It was supposed that the increase of the leak rate was not only due to an increase of the total sliding movement of the lid but also caused by plastic deformation of flange or bolts. A correlation curve between total sliding movement of lid and leak rate was settled for leak rate of cask drops without the impact limier, based on results of the previous test using small-scale sized model (small scale test). Under these postulations, the leak rate could be evaluated by the correlation curve and obtained total sliding movement of the lid. In the simulated cask used for the test, a clearance between the lid and the cask body was small and the total sliding movement was limited. The leak rate estimation methodology would be applicable to the actual cask drop accident without the impact limiter, if the plastic deformation were not occurred at the flange. (author)

  4. Evaluation of FSV-1 cask for the transport of LWR irradiated fuel assemblies

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    The Model FSV-1 spent fuel shipping cask was designed by General Atomic Company (GA) to service the Fort St. Vrain (FSV) nuclear generating station, a High Temperature Gas Reactor (HTGR) owned and operated by Public Service Company of Colorado (PSC). This report presents an evaluation of the suitability of the FSV-1 cask for the transport of irradiated Light Water Reactor (LWR) fuel assemblies from both Pressurized Water Reactors (PWR) and Boiling Water Reactors (BWR). The FSV-1 cask evaluation parameters covered a wide spectrum of LWR fuel assemblies, based on burnup in Megawatt Days/Metric Ton of Heavy Metal (MWD/MTHM) and years of decay since irradiation. The criteria for suitability included allowable radiation dose rates, cask surface and interior temperatures and the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of the complete shipping system

  5. PRE-CASKETSS: an input data generation computer program for thermal and structural analysis of nuclear fuel shipping casks

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    A computer program PRE-CASKETSS has been developed for the purpose of input data generation for thermal and structural analysis computer code system CASKETSS (CASKETSS means a modular code system for CASK Evaluation code system for Thermal and Structural Safety). Main features of PRE-CASKETSS are as follow; (1) Function of input data generation for thermal and structural analysis computer programs is provided in the program. (2) Two- and three-dimensional mesh generation for finite element and finite difference programs are available in the program. (3) The capacity of the material input data generation are provided in the program. (4) The boundary conditions, the load conditions and the initial conditions are capable in the program. (5) This computer program operate both the time shearing system and the batch system. In the paper, brief illustration of calculation method, input data and sample calculations are presented. (author)

  6. Thermal analysis of spent fuel shipping cask for application of metalized fuel

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    Thermal analysis of spent fuel shipping cask loaded with 4 spent PWR fuel assemblies has been carried out using the fluent code. And the temperature distribution of cask for application of 4 metalized fuels equivalent to 16 PWR fuels has been also calculated. Total decay heat from 4 spent PWR fuels and 4 metalized spent fuels are 2.2 kW and 4.4 kW, respectively. The calculated temperatures for 4 spent PWR fuels were compared with the proven data presented from the safety analysis report of shipping cask. It has good agreement between two results. The maximum fuel rod temperatures inside the canisters of square and hexagonal types are estimated to be 269 .deg. C and 212 .deg. C, respectively. Therefore, it is found that the hexagonal canister loaded with metalized fuel rods is more advantageous in aspect of thermal characteristics and storage efficiency. Fuel temperature in the cavity of helium gas for hexagonal canister is lower than the temperature for spent PWR fuel

  7. Drop accident analyses of dry metal cask without impact limiter and evaluation of leak rate

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    rotational impact. Although the drop height was 1 m in both horizontal drop and rotational impact tests, the drop height was changed to 1.5 m and 2.0 m as a parameter in the calculation. The increase of the leak rate is not only due to the increase of the total sliding movement of the lid but also suspected to be caused by plastic deformation of flange or bolts. The applicability of the correlation curve between the total sliding movement of the lid and leak rate postulates that structural parts composing the leak tightness of the lid maintain the integrity without plastic deformation even after the event. Using this correlation and the total sliding movement of the lid, the leak rate could be evaluated. In the evaluation, the difference in hoop diameter, and effects of aging and elapsed time between the event and the measurement should be corrected. Data is shown, obtained from the small scale tests for seal performance of lid with aged metal gasket, the correlation curve with 95 % confidence level and the calculated total sliding movement. For the simulated cask used for the test, the clearance between the lid and the cask body is small and the total sliding movement is limited. Therefore, increase of the leak rate due to large total sliding movement is difficult to occur. In the rotational impact event, the top of the cask near the seal collides against the floor. In the calculation for the 2 m rotational impact case, plastic deformation was observed around the top of the cask but not near the flange. The present calculations were done under room temperature conditions. The leak rate estimation methodology is applicable to the actual cask drop accident, if plastic deformation does not occur near the flange

  8. Homogeneous versus heterogeneous shielding modeling of spent-fuel casks

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    The design of spent-fuel casks for storage and transport requires modeling the cask for criticality, shielding, thermal, and structural analyses. While some parts of the cask are homogeneous, other regions are heterogeneous with different materials intermixed. For simplicity, some of the heterogeneous regions may be modeled as homogeneous. This paper evaluates the effect of homogenizing some regions of a cask on calculating radiation dose rates outside the cask. The dose rate calculations were performed with the one-dimensional discrete ordinates shielding XSDRNPM code coupled with the XSDOSE code and with the three-dimensional QAD-CGGP code. Dose rates were calculated radially at the midplane of the cask at two locations, cask surface and 2.3 m from the radial surface. The last location corresponds to a point 2 m from the lateral sides of a transport railroad car

  9. Radiological and thermal characteristics of CASTOR RBMK-1500 and CONSTOR RBMK-1500 casks for spent nuclear fuel storage at Ignalina nuclear power plant

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    The main characteristics, such as temperatures of the fuel rod cladding and cask surface, dose rates at the surface and at the some distance for CASTOR RBMK-1500 and CONSTOR RBMK-1500 casks loaded with spent nuclear fuel are presented. These casks are used for an interim dry storage of spent nuclear fuel at Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant. Numerical modeling (calculation of the equivalent dose rates, activities of nuclides, etc.) and experimental measurements of the equivalent dose and gamma spectrum on the cask surface at the dry storage facility were performed for assessment of radiation characteristics. Temperatures were evaluated using only numerical modeling. Rather good agreement between experimentally determined and calculated dose rates for CASTOR RBMK-1500 and CONSTOR RBMK-1500 casks was obtained. Also it was revealed that maximum fuel rod cladding temperature is higher for CONSTOR RBMK-1500 cask, but never exceeds the maximum allowable value. The cask surface temperatures are similar for both cask types. (orig.)

  10. Development of strain gauge evaluation channels for use in dynamic testing of shipping casks

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    The Transportation System Development Department at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) frequently evaluates the structural response of casks being developed to transport radioactive materials. A major part of this activity includes gathering instrumentation data from dynamic impact tests of cask models. The acquisition of reliable, high-quality instrumentation data is an important component of cask certification. One method to evaluate instrumentation error during testing is to include evaluation channels for the various structural transducers. Evaluation channels have been produced by some manufacturers of accelerometers used for structural evaluations of casks and are commercially available. These particular devices produce very low output or no output to applied shock acceleration. However, it was found that a packaged strain gauge evaluation channel is not commercially available. Consequently, strain gauge evaluation channels have been developed at SNL to evaluate non-strain-induced resistance changes from environmental factors that could affect resistance strain measurement data. These unwanted nonstrain-induced resistance changes could be caused, for example, by resistance changes in the interconnecting cabling, electromagnetic noise, or grounding effects

  11. Design and operational experience of dry cask storage systems

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    This paper (Power Point presentation) describes cask storage design features and available dry cask storage technology, cask types used for dry storage, design characteristics of CASTOR casks, the German licensing basis for cask storage systems, shielding requirements, thermal layout, mechanical design, criticality safety and containment, licensing procedure, operational experience of dry cask storage in Germany and worldwide

  12. Evaluation of burnup credit for accommodating PWR spent nuclear fuel in high-capacity cask designs

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    This paper presents an evaluation of the amount of burnup credit needed for high-density casks to transport the current U.S. inventory of commercial spent nuclear fuel (SNF) assemblies. A prototypic 32-assembly cask and the current regulatory guidance were used as bases for this evaluation. By comparing actual pressurized-water-reactor (PWR) discharge data (i.e., fuel burnup and initial enrichment specifications for fuel assemblies discharged from U.S. PWRs) with actinide-only-based loading curves, this evaluation finds that additional negative reactivity (through either increased credit for fuel burnup or cask design/utilization modifications) is necessary to accommodate the majority of SNF assemblies in high-capacity storage and transportation casks. The impact of varying selected calculational assumptions is also investigated, and considerable improvement in effectiveness is shown with the inclusion of the principal fission products (FPs) and minor actinides and the use of a bounding best-estimate approach for isotopic validation. Given sufficient data for validation, the most significant component that would improve accuracy, and subsequently enhance the utilization of burnup credit, is the inclusion of FPs. (author)

  13. POST-CASKETSS: a graphic computer program for thermal and structural analysis of nuclear fuel shipping casks

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    A computer program POST-CASKETSS has been developed for the purpose of calculation result representation for thermal and structural analysis computer code system CASKETSS (CASKETSS means a modular code system for CASK Evaluation code system for Thermal and Structural Safety). Main features of POST-CASKETSS are as follows; (1) Function of calculation result representation for thermal and structural analysis computer programs is provided in the program. (2) Two and three dimensional graphic representation for finite element and finite difference programs are available in the program. (3) The capacity of graphics of geometry, temperature contor and temperature-time curve are provided for thermal analysis. (4) The capacity of graphics of geometry, deformation, stress contor, displacement-time curve, velocity-time curve, acceleration-time curve, stress-time curve, force-time curve and moment-time curve are provided for structural analysis. (5) This computer program operates both the time shearing system and the batch system. In the paper, brief illustration of calculation method, input data and sample calculations are presented. (author)

  14. CASKS (Computer Analysis of Storage casKS): A microcomputer based analysis system for storage cask design review. User's manual to Version 1b (including program reference)

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    CASKS (Computer Analysis of Storage casKS) is a microcomputer-based system of computer programs and databases developed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) for evaluating safety analysis reports on spent-fuel storage casks. The bulk of the complete program and this user's manual are based upon the SCANS (Shipping Cask ANalysis System) program previously developed at LLNL. A number of enhancements and improvements were added to the original SCANS program to meet requirements unique to storage casks. CASKS is an easy-to-use system that calculates global response of storage casks to impact loads, pressure loads and thermal conditions. This provides reviewers with a tool for an independent check on analyses submitted by licensees. CASKS is based on microcomputers compatible with the IBM-PC family of computers. The system is composed of a series of menus, input programs, cask analysis programs, and output display programs. All data is entered through fill-in-the-blank input screens that contain descriptive data requests

  15. THERMLIB: a material property data library for thermal analysis of radioactive material transport casks

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    The paper describes an heat conduction data library and graphical program for analysis of radioactive material transport casks. More than 1000 of material data are compiled in the data library which was produced by Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. Thermal data such as, density, thermal conductivity, specific heat, phase-change or solid-state, transition temperature and latent heat have been tabulated. Using this data library, a data library processing program THERMLIB for thermal analysis has been developed. Main features of THERMLIB are as follows: (1) data have been tabulated against temperature, (2) more than 1000 material data are available, (3) it is capable of graphical representations for thermal data and (4) not only main frame computer but also work stations (OS UNIX) and personal computer (OS Windows) are available for use of THERMLIB. In the paper, brief illustration of data library is presented in the first section. The second section presents descriptions of structural data. The third section provides an user's guide for computer program and input data for THERMLIB. (author)

  16. THERMLIB: a material property data library for thermal analysis of radioactive material transport casks

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    Ikushima, Takeshi [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment

    1998-03-01

    The paper describes an heat conduction data library and graphical program for analysis of radioactive material transport casks. More than 1000 of material data are compiled in the data library which was produced by Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. Thermal data such as, density, thermal conductivity, specific heat, phase-change or solid-state, transition temperature and latent heat have been tabulated. Using this data library, a data library processing program THERMLIB for thermal analysis has been developed. Main features of THERMLIB are as follows: (1) data have been tabulated against temperature, (2) more than 1000 material data are available, (3) it is capable of graphical representations for thermal data and (4) not only main frame computer but also work stations (OS UNIX) and personal computer (OS Windows) are available for use of THERMLIB. In the paper, brief illustration of data library is presented in the first section. The second section presents descriptions of structural data. The third section provides an user`s guide for computer program and input data for THERMLIB. (author)

  17. Safety evaluation for packaging (onsite) plutonium recycle test reactor graphite cask

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    Romano, T.

    1997-09-29

    This safety evaluation for packaging (SEP) provides the evaluation necessary to demonstrate that the Plutonium Recycle Test Reactor (PRTR) Graphite Cask meets the requirements of WHC-CM-2-14, Hazardous Material Packaging and Shipping, for transfer of Type B, fissile, non-highway route controlled quantities of radioactive material within the 300 Area of the Hanford Site. The scope of this SEP includes risk, shieldling, criticality, and.tiedown analyses to demonstrate that onsite transportation safety requirements are satisfied. This SEP also establishes operational and maintenance guidelines to ensure that transport of the PRTR Graphite Cask is performed safely in accordance with WHC-CM-2-14. This SEP is valid until October 1, 1999. After this date, an update or upgrade to this document is required.

  18. Safety evaluation for packaging (onsite) plutonium recycle test reactor graphite cask

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    This safety evaluation for packaging (SEP) provides the evaluation necessary to demonstrate that the Plutonium Recycle Test Reactor (PRTR) Graphite Cask meets the requirements of WHC-CM-2-14, Hazardous Material Packaging and Shipping, for transfer of Type B, fissile, non-highway route controlled quantities of radioactive material within the 300 Area of the Hanford Site. The scope of this SEP includes risk, shieldling, criticality, and.tiedown analyses to demonstrate that onsite transportation safety requirements are satisfied. This SEP also establishes operational and maintenance guidelines to ensure that transport of the PRTR Graphite Cask is performed safely in accordance with WHC-CM-2-14. This SEP is valid until October 1, 1999. After this date, an update or upgrade to this document is required

  19. A preliminary evaluation of the ability of from-reactor casks to geometrically accommodate commercial LWR spent nuclear fuel

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    The Department of Energy has sponsored a number of cask design efforts to define several transportation casks to accommodate the various assemblies expected to be accepted by the Federal Waste Management System. At this time, three preliminary cask designs have been selected for the final design--the GA-4 and GA-9 truck casks and the BR-100 rail cask. In total, this assessment indicates that the current Initiative I cask designs can be expected to dimensionally accommodate 100% of the PWR fuel assemblies (other than the extra-long South Texas Fuel) with control elements removed, and >90% of the assemblies having the control elements as an integral part of the fuel assembly. For BWR assemblies, >99% of the assemblies can be accommodated with fuel channels removed. This paper summarizes preliminary results of one part of that evaluation related to the ability of the From-Reactor Initiative I casks to accommodate the physical and radiological characteristics of the Spent Nuclear Fuel projected to be accepted into the Federal Waste Management System. 3 refs., 5 tabs

  20. Spent nuclear fuel transportation casks evaluation for water in-leakage

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    The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) is responsible for licensing commercial spent fuel storage and transportation systems. To ensure that the regulations are risk-informed, and do not place unnecessary regulatory burden on the industry, the USNRC has been examining its regulations that apply to spent fuel transportation casks for maintaining sub-criticality under hypothetical accident conditions. Code of Federal Regulations, Title 10, Part 71[1] (10 CFR 71), section 71.55(b) requires that, for evaluation of sub-criticality for fissile material packages, water moderation should be assumed to occur to the most reactive credible extent consistent with the chemical and physical form of the contents. This requirement is based on a defense-in-depth policy, and accounts for any possibility of water intrusion into the package. This program is designed to quantify the margins of safety of certified transportation casks to water intrusion following hypothetical accident conditions. This paper describes the current status of analytical work being performed to evaluate two USNRC-certified spent fuel transportation casks, HI-STAR 100[2] and TN-68[3]. The analytical work is performed using the ANSYS registered [4] and LS-DYNA trademark [5] finite element analysis (FEA) codes. The models are sufficiently detailed in the areas of bolt closure interfaces and containment boundaries to evaluate the likelihood water in-leakage under free drop hypothetical accident conditions of 10 CFR 71.73

  1. Scientific Ecology Group, Inc., 3-82B cask safety evaluation for packaging

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    This safety evaluation for packaging (SEP) provides the analysis and authorization to transport high-activity waste from the 324 Facility to PUREX, using the SEG 3-82B Type B cask. For the proposed campaign, the payload has larger quantities of radioactive material, is not fissile-exempt, and has higher decay heat loads than that specified by the 3-82B cask certificate of compliance. No changes will be made to the current design of the packaging. Onsite transport of the package with the higher source term will be authorized by this SEP to demonstrate equivalent safety of the package, as specified in PNL-MA-81, Hazardous Material Shipping Manual

  2. Transient thermal analysis of a 1:2 scale cask for research reactors nuclear spent fuel elements considering thermal contacts and irradiation

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    This work shows the approach used to the numerical simulation of the thermal test of a 1:2 scale model of a dual purpose cask (transportation and/or storage) for spent fuel elements from nuclear research reactors. Conservatively, the cask impact limiters are not modeled. This test is part of the requirements for the qualification of transportation packages for nuclear reactors spent fuel elements. Also, it is part of an IAEA sponsored project which includes Latin American countries with research reactors. This cask model has a stainless steel double wall cylinder (which contains the biological lead shielding) with flat heads and internal structures to accommodate the fuel elements. The cask project is described briefly as well as the developed finite element model and the main adopted hypothesis to consider the non-linearities as thermal contacts, properties varying with the temperature, phase change (thermal shielding lead) using the enthalpy method, and radiation among the internal parts. The analysis will cover the 30 min heating condition at 800 deg C and about 2 hours of the cooling phase. As the main purpose of the paper is to present the proposed approach for the thermal test numerical simulation, only some preliminary numerical results are shown without any comparison to the experimental ones. (author)

  3. A Criticality Evaluation of the GBC-32 Dry Storage Cask in PWR Burnup Credit

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    The current criticality safety evaluation assumes the only unirradiated fresh fuels with the maximum enrichment in a dry storage cask (DSC) for conservatism without consideration of the depletion of fissile nuclides and the generation of neutron-absorbing fission products. However, the large conservatism leads to the significant increase of the storage casks required. Thus, the application of burnup credit which takes credit for the reduction of reactivity resulted from fuel depletion can increase the capacity in storage casks. On the other hand, the burnup credit application introduces lots of complexity into a criticality safety analysis such as the accurate estimation of the isotopic inventories and the burnup of UNFs and the validation of the criticality calculation. The criticality evaluation with an effect of burnup credit was performed for the DSC of GBC-32 by using SCALE 6.1/STARBUCS. keff values were calculated as a function of burnup and cooling time for four initial enrichments of 2, 3, 4, and 5 wt. % 235U. The values were calculated for the burnup range of 0 to 60,000 MWD/MTU, in increments of 10,000 MWD/MTU, and for five cooling times of 0, 5, 10, 20, and 40 years

  4. Status update of the BWR cask simulator

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    Lindgren, Eric R. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Durbin, Samuel G. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2015-09-01

    The performance of commercial nuclear spent fuel dry storage casks are typically evaluated through detailed numerical analysis of the system's thermal performance. These modeling efforts are performed by the vendor to demonstrate the performance and regulatory compliance and are independently verified by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Carefully measured data sets generated from testing of full sized casks or smaller cask analogs are widely recognized as vital for validating these models. Numerous studies have been previously conducted. Recent advances in dry storage cask designs have moved the storage location from above ground to below ground and significantly increased the maximum thermal load allowed in a cask in part by increasing the canister helium pressure. Previous cask performance validation testing did not capture these parameters. The purpose of the investigation described in this report is to produce a data set that can be used to test the validity of the assumptions associated with the calculations presently used to determine steady-state cladding temperatures in modern dry casks. These modern cask designs utilize elevated helium pressure in the sealed canister or are intended for subsurface storage. The BWR cask simulator (BCS) has been designed in detail for both the above ground and below ground venting configurations. The pressure vessel representing the canister has been designed, fabricated, and pressure tested for a maximum allowable pressure (MAWP) rating of 24 bar at 400 C. An existing electrically heated but otherwise prototypic BWR Incoloy-clad test assembly is being deployed inside of a representative storage basket and cylindrical pressure vessel that represents the canister. The symmetric single assembly geometry with well-controlled boundary conditions simplifies interpretation of results. Various configurations of outer concentric ducting will be used to mimic conditions for above and below ground storage configurations

  5. Discussion of Available Methods to Support Reviews of Spent Fuel Storage Installation Cask Drop Evaluations

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    Applicants seeking a Certificate of Compliance for an Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) cask must evaluate the consequences of a handling accident resulting in a drop or tip-over of the cask onto a concrete storage pad. As a result, analytical modeling approaches that might be used to evaluate the impact of cylindrical containers onto concrete pads are needed. One such approach, described and benchmarked in NUREG/CR-6608,1 consists of a dynamic finite element analysis using a concrete material model available in DYNA3D2 and in LS-DYNA,3 together with a method for post-processing the analysis results to calculate the deceleration of a solid steel billet when subjected to a drop or tip-over onto a concrete storage pad. The analysis approach described in NUREG/CR-6608 gives a good correlation of analysis and test results. The material model used for the concrete in the analyses in NUREG/CR-6608 is, however, somewhat troublesome to use, requiring a number of material constants which are difficult to obtain. Because of this a simpler approach, which adequately evaluates the impact of cylindrical containers onto concrete pads, is sought. Since finite element modeling of metals, and in particular carbon and stainless steel, is routinely and accurately accomplished with a number of finite element codes, the current task involves a literature search for and a discussion of available concrete models used in finite element codes. The goal is to find a balance between a concrete material model with a limited number of required material parameters which are readily obtainable, and a more complex model which is capable of accurately representing the complex behavior of the concrete storage pad under impact conditions. The purpose of this effort is to find the simplest possible way to analytically represent the storage cask deceleration during a cask tip-over or a cask drop onto a concrete storage pad. This report is divided into three sections. The Section II

  6. Safety analysis report for packaging: the ORNL in-pile capsule shipping cask

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    Evans, J.H.; Chipley, K.K.; Haynie, C.B.; Crowley, W.K.; Just, R.A.

    1977-11-01

    The ORNL in-pile capsule shipping cask is used to transport irradiated experimental capsules and spent fuel elements. The cask was analytically evaluated to determine its compliance with the applicable regulations governing containers in which radioactive materials are transported. Computational procedures were used to determine the structural integrity and thermal behavior of the cask relative to the general standards for normal conditions of transport and the standards for the hypothetical accident conditions. The results of the evaluation show that the cask is in compliance with the applicable regulations.

  7. Safety Analysis Report for Packaging (SARP) of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Shipping Cask D-38. Revision 1

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    Box, W.D.; Shappert, L.B.; Seagren, R.D.; Watson, C.D.; Hammond, C.R.; Klima, B.B.

    1979-09-01

    An analytical evaluation of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Shipping Cask D-38 (solids shipments) was made to demonstrate its compliance with the regulations governing off-site radioactive material shipping packages. The evaluation encompassed five primary categories: structural integrity, thermal resistance, radiation shielding, nuclear criticality safety, and quality assurance. The results of the evaluation show that the cask complies with the applicable regulations.

  8. Evaluation of stress corrosion cracking in aqueous solution neutron shield of transport/storage cask for spent fuel

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    Experimental evaluation proved that no chloride induced stress corrosion cracking will occur on the metal cask which utilizes propylene glycol aqueous solution as neutron shield. Crevice corrosion, precursor of cracking, occurs at about 0.4V vs. 0.1M-KCl silver silver-chloride reference electrode in aqueous solution with chloride concentration of more than 5 times higher than limit value. On the other hand, the electrochemical potential (ECP) of cask material was 0.08V in air saturated aqueous solution. Since ECP is much smaller than the crevice corrosion potential below which no crevice corrosion is expected, the possibility is very small for chloride induced stress corrosion cracking to occur on the cask. (author)

  9. Safety evaluation for packaging for the transport of K Basin sludge samples in the PAS-1 cask

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    This safety evaluation for packaging authorizes the shipment of up to two 4-L sludge samples to and from the 325 Lab or 222-S Lab for characterization. The safety of this shipment is based on the current U.S. Department of Energy Certification of Compliance (CoC) for the PAS-1 cask, USA/9184/B(U) (DOE)

  10. Evaluation of Equivalent Dose Rate of Interim Dry Storage Casks Loaded with Spent Nuclear Fuel

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    Equivalent dose rate calculations of the CASTOR RBMK-1500 and CONSTOR RBMK-1500 casks were performed using SCALE 4.3 computer codes system. These casks are planned for an interim storage of spent nuclear fuel at Ignalina NPP. The dose rate calculations were made on the sidelong, upper and lower surface of the cask and at the certain distance. Results show that dose rate values on the surface of the cask are much less then permissible value 1000 μSv/h when average burnup of fuel assembly is 20 GWd/tU. (author)

  11. Thermal hydraulic and neutronic analysis of dry cask storage systems for spent nuclear fuels

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    Interim spent fuel storage systems must provide for the safe receipt, handling, retrieval and storage of spent nuclear fuel before reprocessing or disposal. In the context of achieving these objectives, the following features of the design were taken into consideration for metal shielded type storage systems; to maintain fuel subcritical, to remove spent fuel residual heat, to provide for radiation protection. These features in the design of a dry cask storage system were analyzed by employing COBRA-SFS and SCALE4.4 (ORIGEN, XSDOSE, CSAS6 ) codes for normal operation of the system under study. In accordance with safety assurance limits of International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA), appropriate designs for Dry Cask Storage Systems (DCSS) were reached for 33000, 45000, and 55000 MWd/t burnup values and 5 and 10 years of cooling periods for spent fuel to be stored (Table 1)

  12. Shielding and Containment Evaluations of the NAC-LWT Cask with Tritium Burnable Poison Rods

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    In 1989, the NAC legal weight truck cask (NAC-LWT) was approved by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to transport either one pressurized water reactor (PWR) fuel assembly or two boiling water reactor (BWR) fuel assemblies. Since that time, license amendments have allowed the shipment of high-burnup PWR and BWR fuel rods, MTR-type research reactor fuel elements, and TRIGA-type fuel elements. In 1999, DOE approved an NAC-LWT submittal for a shipment of lead test assemblies (LTAs) containing tritium-producing burnable poison rods (TPBARs). This paper presents the 10 CFR Part 71 shielding and containment evaluations of the NAC-LWT with the LTA payload

  13. Structural evaluation of spent nuclear fuel storage facilities under aircraft crash impact. Numerical study on evaluation of sealing performance of metal cask subjected to impact force

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    A lot of safety evaluations on the important nuclear facilities against the aircraft crash have been reported in other countries. But the condition and the evaluation method to define impact force of aircraft crash have not been described clearly in the reports. In Japan, public concern with the safety evaluation against aircraft crash is increasing. It is important to make clear the behavior of the storage facilities installing the metal casks on impact loading due to aircraft crash. In this study, concerning crash between commercial aircraft and storage facility, impact analysis using dynamic analysis code LS-DYNA has been executed. The results showed that the storage facility was not completely destroyed. But the rigid aircraft engine may penetrate into the storage facility with local failure. Thus, we assumed the engine hit a metal cask in the storage facility and evaluated sealing performance of the metal cask under the impact loading. If the engine with 90m/s crashed the storage facility having concrete wall of 85cm in thickness, the remaining velocity became 60m/s after penetration. We calculated impact force of the engine with 60m/s crashing into the metal cask. Concerning the metal cask loaded the impact force, impact analysis was executed. We assumed two directions of impact force. One is vertical load and another is horizontal load against the cask. The result showed that plastic strain was not generated on flanges of the 1st lid and the sealing performance of the cask was maintained in each impact case. (author)

  14. Test Plan for the Boiling Water Reactor Dry Cask Simulator

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    Durbin, Samuel [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Lindgren, Eric R. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2015-11-01

    The thermal performance of commercial nuclear spent fuel dry storage casks are evaluated through detailed numerical analysis . These modeling efforts are completed by the vendor to demonstrate performance and regulatory compliance. The calculations are then independently verified by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Carefully measured data sets generated from testing of full sized casks or smaller cask analogs are widely recognized as vital for validating these models. Recent advances in dry storage cask designs have significantly increased the maximum thermal load allowed in a cask in part by increasing the efficiency of internal conduction pathways and by increasing the internal convection through greater canister helium pressure. These same vertical, canistered cask systems rely on ventilation between the canister and the overpack to convect heat away from the canister to the environment for both above and below-ground configurations. While several testing programs have been previously conducted, these earlier validation attempts did not capture the effects of elevated helium pressures or accurately portray the external convection of above-ground and below-ground canistered dry cask systems. The purpose of the investigation described in this report is to produce a data set that can be used to test the validity of the assumptions associated with the calculations presently used to determine steady-state cladding temperatures in modern vertical, canistered dry cask systems. The BWR cask simulator (BCS) has been designed in detail for both the above-ground and below-ground venting configurations. The pressure vessel representing the canister has been designed, fabricated, and pressure tested for a maximum allowable pressure (MAWP) rating of 24 bar at 400 deg C. An existing electrically heated but otherwise prototypic BWR Incoloy-clad test assembly is being deployed inside of a representative storage basket and cylindrical pressure vessel that represents the

  15. Test Plan for the Boiling Water Reactor Dry Cask Simulator

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    The thermal performance of commercial nuclear spent fuel dry storage casks are evaluated through detailed numerical analysis . These modeling efforts are completed by the vendor to demonstrate performance and regulatory compliance. The calculations are then independently verified by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Carefully measured data sets generated from testing of full sized casks or smaller cask analogs are widely recognized as vital for validating these models. Recent advances in dry storage cask designs have significantly increased the maximum thermal load allowed in a cask in part by increasing the efficiency of internal conduction pathways and by increasing the internal convection through greater canister helium pressure. These same vertical, canistered cask systems rely on ventilation between the canister and the overpack to convect heat away from the canister to the environment for both above and below-ground configurations. While several testing programs have been previously conducted, these earlier validation attempts did not capture the effects of elevated helium pressures or accurately portray the external convection of above-ground and below-ground canistered dry cask systems. The purpose of the investigation described in this report is to produce a data set that can be used to test the validity of the assumptions associated with the calculations presently used to determine steady-state cladding temperatures in modern vertical, canistered dry cask systems. The BWR cask simulator (BCS) has been designed in detail for both the above-ground and below-ground venting configurations. The pressure vessel representing the canister has been designed, fabricated, and pressure tested for a maximum allowable pressure (MAWP) rating of 24 bar at 400 deg C. An existing electrically heated but otherwise prototypic BWR Incoloy-clad test assembly is being deployed inside of a representative storage basket and cylindrical pressure vessel that represents the

  16. A study on the structural integrity evaluation of the dual purpose casks for the spent fuel storage and transport with HANARO irradiation impact tests

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    This study is conducted in order to evaluate structural integrity of the dual propose casks for the spent fuel storage and transport after 30 years storage. Charpy impact specimen was manufactured and material irradiation test was performed using the HANARO. For the irradiated and unirradiated Charpy impact specimen with v-notch, the impact test was conducted, then the impact test results were applied in the impact analysis of the dual propose casks for the spent fuel storage and transport. From the impact analysis results, we confirmed that the structural integrity of the dual propose cask was maintained under original and irradiation conditions

  17. Evaluation of computer programs used for structural analyses of impact response of spent fuel shipping casks

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    This report presents the results of a study of impact analyses of a generic spent-fuel cask. The study compares the use and results of three different finite element computer codes. Seven different cask-like model analyses are considered. The models encompass both linear and nonlinear geometric and material behavior. On the basis of the analyses results, this report recommends what parameters are useful in the comparison of different structural finite element computer programs. 5 references, 36 figures, 11 tables

  18. Comparisons of prediction methods for peak cladding temperature and effective thermal conductivity in spent fuel assemblies of transportation/storage casks

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    Highlights: • Peak cladding temperature (PCT) of spent fuel were evaluated by various methods. • The methods are Wooton–Epstein correlation, two-region model, and CFD. • Temperature difference between two-region and CFD ranges from −0.2 to 9 K. • CFD could be used to calculate PCT because of over-predicting PCT of two-region. • Application using CFD was conducted for spent fuel assembly used in Republic of Korea. - Abstract: When spent fuel assemblies from the reactor of nuclear power plants (NPPs) are transported or stored, the assemblies are exposed to a variety of environments that can affect the peak cladding temperature. There are three models to calculate the peak cladding temperature of spent fuel assemblies in a cask: Manteufel and Todreas’s two-region model, Bahney Lotz’s effective thermal conductivity model, and Wooton–Epstein correlation. The peak cladding temperatures of Babcock and Wilcox (B and W) 15 × 15 PWR spent fuel assembly under helium backfill gas were evaluated by using two-dimensional CFD simulation and compared with two models (Wooton–Epstein correlation, two-region model). The peak cladding temperature difference between the two-region model and CFD simulation ranges from −0.2 K to 9 K. Two-region model over-predicts the measured peak cladding temperature that performs in a spent fuel dry storage cask. Therefore the simulation could be used to calculate peak cladding temperature of spent fuel assemblies. Application using CFD simulation was conducted to investigate the peak cladding temperature and effective thermal conductivity of spent fuel assembly used in Korea NPPs: 16 × 16 (CE type) and 17 × 17 (WH type) PWR spent fuel assembly. CFD simulation results are similar to each other, and the difference of temperature drop between the three arrays occurs slightly in all basket wall temperatures. The effective thermal conductivity calculated from the 16 × 16 PWR spent fuel assembly results was more conservative

  19. Dry interim spent fuel storage casks. Licensing, evaluation and operational experience

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    The German concept for the external dry interim storage of spent fuel and high level wastes is based on the used of monolithic ductile iron casks which are licensed according to the transport regulations and the national Atomic Energy Act. The casks ensure the safe confinement of the radioactive inventory over long term storage periods of up to 40 years. Essential for that purpose is the double barrier containment system, consisting of two independent lids sealed with long term resistant metallic gaskets and equipped with an interspace pressure monitoring device. Since the establishment of this dry interim storage concept in Germany in the early 1980s, a great deal of experience has been accumulated and now spent fuel elements from the THTR reactor at Hamm-Uentrop and from the AVR research reactor at Juelich are loaded into CASTOR-THTR/AVR casks under dry conditions and stored in the licensed external dry interim storage facilities in Ahaus and Juelich. These are now routine procedures that started in 1992 and has so far comprise more than 200 casks. A great deal of operational experience exists and has also been gained in process optimization without any serious problems. Much more difficult are the drying and evacuation procedures for casks loaded under wet conditions in the spent fuel storage pond of a nuclear power plant. In this case, special operational procedures involving humidity measurements are applied. Different loading operations in several German power plants have been carried out since 1982 and the first wet loaded cask proposed for storage in the licensed external dry interim storage facility at Gorleben came into operation in July 1994. (author). 4 refs, 5 figs, 1 tab

  20. GA-4/GA-9 legal weight truck from reactor spent fuel shipping casks

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    The preliminary design report presents the results of General Atomics (GA) preliminary design effort to develop weight truck from reactor spent fuel shipping casks. The thermal evaluation of the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM) cask considered normal and hypothetical accident conditions of transport. We employed analytical modeling as well as fire testing of the neutron shielding material to perform the evaluation. This document addresses the thermal design features of the cask, discusses thermal criteria, and summarizes the results of the thermal evaluation, as well as results of structural containment and nuclear evaluations that support the design. Also included are the results of trade-off studies. 69 refs., 103 figs., 76 tabs

  1. Seismic considerations for spent nuclear fuel storage in dry casks

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    John L Bignell; Jeffrey A Smith; Christopher A Jones; Susan Y Pickering

    2013-01-01

    To aid the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission,Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) was contracted to investigate the seismic behavior of typical dry cask storage systems.Parametric evaluations characterized the sensitivity of calculated cask response characteristics to input parameters.The parametric evaluation investigated two generic cask designs (cylindrical and rectangular),three different foundation types (soft soil,hard soil,and rock),and three different casks to pad coefficients of friction (0.2,0.55,0.8) for earthquakes with peak ground accelerations of 0.25g,0.6g,1.0g and 1.25g.A total of 1 165 analyses were completed,with regression analyses being performed on the resulting cask response data to determine relationships relating the mean (16 % and 84 % confidence intervals on the mean) to peak ground acceleration,peak ground velocity,and pseudo-spectral acceleration at 1 Hz and 5 % damping.In general,the cylindrical casks experienced significantly larger responses in comparison to the rectangular cask.The cylindrical cask experienced larger top of cask displacements,larger cask rotations (rocking),and more occurrences of cask toppling (the rectangular cask never toppled over).The cylindrical cask was also susceptible to rolling once rocking had been initiated,a behavior not observed in the rectangular cask.Cask response was not overly sensitive to foundation type,but was significantly dependent on the response spectrum employed.

  2. Adapting Dry Cask Storage for Aging at a Geologic Repository

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    C. Sanders; D. Kimball

    2005-08-02

    A Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF) Aging System is a crucial part of operations at the proposed Yucca Mountain repository in the United States. Incoming commercial SNF that does not meet thermal limits for emplacement will be aged on outdoor pads. U.S. Department of Energy SNF will also be managed using the Aging System. Proposed site-specific designs for the Aging System are closely based upon designs for existing dry cask storage (DCS) systems. This paper evaluates the applicability of existing DCS systems for use in the SNF Aging System at Yucca Mountain. The most important difference between existing DCS facilities and the Yucca Mountain facility is the required capacity. Existing DCS facilities typically have less than 50 casks. The current design for the aging pad at Yucca Mountain calls for a capacity of over 2,000 casks (20,000 MTHM) [1]. This unprecedented number of casks poses some unique problems. The response of DCS systems to off-normal and accident conditions needs to be re-evaluated for multiple storage casks. Dose calculations become more complicated, since doses from multiple or very long arrays of casks can dramatically increase the total boundary dose. For occupational doses, the geometry of the cask arrays and the order of loading casks must be carefully considered in order to meet ALARA goals during cask retrieval. Due to the large area of the aging pad, skyshine must also be included when calculating public and worker doses. The expected length of aging will also necessitate some design adjustments. Under 10 CFR 72.236, DCS systems are initially certified for a period of 20 years [2]. Although the Yucca Mountain facility is not intended to be a storage facility under 10 CFR 72, the operational life of the SNF Aging System is 50 years [1]. Any cask system selected for use in aging will have to be qualified to this design lifetime. These considerations are examined, and a summary is provided of the adaptations that must be made in order to use DCS

  3. Adapting Dry Cask Storage for Aging at a Geologic Repository

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    A Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF) Aging System is a crucial part of operations at the proposed Yucca Mountain repository in the United States. Incoming commercial SNF that does not meet thermal limits for emplacement will be aged on outdoor pads. U.S. Department of Energy SNF will also be managed using the Aging System. Proposed site-specific designs for the Aging System are closely based upon designs for existing dry cask storage (DCS) systems. This paper evaluates the applicability of existing DCS systems for use in the SNF Aging System at Yucca Mountain. The most important difference between existing DCS facilities and the Yucca Mountain facility is the required capacity. Existing DCS facilities typically have less than 50 casks. The current design for the aging pad at Yucca Mountain calls for a capacity of over 2,000 casks (20,000 MTHM) [1]. This unprecedented number of casks poses some unique problems. The response of DCS systems to off-normal and accident conditions needs to be re-evaluated for multiple storage casks. Dose calculations become more complicated, since doses from multiple or very long arrays of casks can dramatically increase the total boundary dose. For occupational doses, the geometry of the cask arrays and the order of loading casks must be carefully considered in order to meet ALARA goals during cask retrieval. Due to the large area of the aging pad, skyshine must also be included when calculating public and worker doses. The expected length of aging will also necessitate some design adjustments. Under 10 CFR 72.236, DCS systems are initially certified for a period of 20 years [2]. Although the Yucca Mountain facility is not intended to be a storage facility under 10 CFR 72, the operational life of the SNF Aging System is 50 years [1]. Any cask system selected for use in aging will have to be qualified to this design lifetime. These considerations are examined, and a summary is provided of the adaptations that must be made in order to use DCS

  4. Thermal safety analysis of a dry storage cask for the Korean standard spent fuel - 16159

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    A conceptual dry storage facility, which is based on a commercial dry storage facility, was designed for the Korea standard spent nuclear fuel (SNF) and preliminary thermal safety analysis was performed in this study. To perform the preliminary thermal analysis, a thermal analysis method was proposed. The thermal analysis method consists of 2 parts. By using the method, the surface temperature of the storage canister corresponding to the SNF clad temperature was calculated and the adequate air duct area was decided using the calculation result. The initial temperature of the facility was calculated and the fire condition and half air duct blockage were analyzed. (authors)

  5. Spent Fuel Transportation Cask Response to the Caldecott Tunnel Fire Scenario

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    Adkins, Harold E.; Koeppel, Brian J.; Cuta, Judith M.

    2007-01-01

    On April 7, 1982, a tank truck and trailer carrying 8,800 gallons of gasoline was involved in an accident in the Caldecott tunnel on State Route 24 near Oakland, California. The tank trailer overturned and subsequently caught fire. The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC), one of the agencies responsible for ensuring the safe transportation of radioactive materials in the United States, undertook analyses to determine the possible regulatory implications of this particular event for the transportation of spent nuclear fuel by truck. The Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) code developed by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was used to determine the thermal environment in the Caldecott tunnel during the fire. The FDS results were used to define boundary conditions for a thermal transient model of a truck transport cask containing spent nuclear fuel. The Nuclear Assurance Corporation (NAC) Legal Weight Truck (LWT) transportation cask was selected for this evaluation, as it represents a typical truck (over-the-road) cask, and can be used to transport a wide variety of spent nuclear fuels. Detailed analysis of the cask response to the fire was performed using the ANSYS® computer code to evaluate the thermal performance of the cask design in this fire scenario. This report describes the methods and approach used to assess the thermal response of the selected cask design to the conditions predicted in the Caldecott tunnel fire. The results of the analysis are presented in detail, with an evaluation of the cask response to the fire. The staff concluded that some components of smaller transportation casks resembling the NAC LWT, despite placement within an ISO container, could degrade significantly. Small transportation casks similar to the NAC LWT would probably experience failure of seals in this severe accident scenario. USNRC staff evaluated the radiological consequences of the cask response to the Caldecott tunnel fire. Although some

  6. Documentation for initial testing and inspections of Beneficial Uses Shipping System (BUSS) Cask

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    The purpose of this report is to compile data generated during the initial tests and inspections of the Beneficial Uses Shipping System (BUSS) Cask. In addition, this report will verify that the testing criteria identified in section 8.1 of the BUSS Cask Safety Analysis Report for Packaging (SARP) was met. The BUSS Cask Model R-1 is a type B shipping container used for shipment of radioactive cesium-137 and strontium-90 capsules to Waste Encapsulation and Storage Facility (WESF). The BUSS Cask body and lid are each one-piece forgings fabricated from ASTM A473, Type 304 stainless steel. The primary purpose of the BUSS Cask is to provide shielding and confinement as well as impact, puncture, and thermal protection for the capsules under both normal and accident conditions. Chapter 8 of the BUSS Cask SARP requires several acceptance tests and inspections, each intended to evaluate the performance of different components of the BUSS Cask system, to be performed before its first use. The results of the tests and inspections required are included in this document

  7. COBRA-SFS [Spent-Fuel Storage] thermal-hydraulic analyses of the CASTOR-1C and REA 2023 BWR storage casks containing consolidated spent fuel

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    Consolidation of spent nuclear fuel rods is being considered as one option for more efficient and compact storage of reactor spent fuel assemblies. In this concept, rods from two disassembled spent fuel assemblies will be consolidated in a space originally intended to store a single unconsolidated assembly. The thermal performance of consolidated fuel rods in dry storage, especially in multiassembly storage systems, is one of the major issues that must be addressed prior to implementation. In this study, Pacific Northwest Laboratory researchers performed thermal-hydraulic analyses for both the REA 2023 cask and the CASTOR-1C cask containing either unconsolidated or consolidated BWR spent fuel assemblies. The objective was to determine the effect of consolidating spent fuel assemblies on the temperature distributions within both types of casks. Two major conclusions resulted from this study. First, a lumping technique (combining rods and flow channels), which reduces the number of computational nodes required to model complex multiassembly geometries, could be used for both unconsolidated and consolidated rods with negligible effect on prediction accuracies. Second, with a relatively high thermal conductivity backfill gas (e.g., helium), the predicted peak fuel rod temperature in a canister of consolidated rods generating the same amount of heat as an unconsolidated assembly is essentially the same as the peak temperature in the unconsolidated assembly. In contrast, with a relatively low thermal conductivity backfill gas (e.g., nitrogen), the opposite is true and the predicted peak temperature in a consolidated canister is significantly higher than in an unconsolidated assembly. Therefore, when rods are consolidated, selection of the backfill gas is important in maintaining peak rod temperatures below allowable values for rods with relatively high decay heat generation rates

  8. Development of evaluation method for heat removal design of dry storage facilities. Pt. 3. Heat removal test on a cask storage system

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    Based on a prospect of steady increase in the amount of spent fuel, it is expected to establish large capacity dry storage technologies for spent fuel. This report describes the result of heat removal test on a cask storage system using a 1/5 scale model. Cooling air induced by the natural convection strongly streamed along the floor from inlet to the center of the storage area, and the velocity gradually reduced as the stream reached to the center. On the other hand, upward flow induced by the buoyant force was observed in the boundary layer close to the surface of the cask models. On the feature of this flow pattern, heat transfer coefficient around cask models was expressed with a high degree of accuracy, in which the effect of horizontal stream was introduced in addition to that of the upward flow. Moreover, the effects of heat generation, geometrical arrangement of cask models, etc. on heat removal performance were made clear as the result of parametric tests. And in conclusion, velocity and temperature distributions in the assumed actual cask storage facility were evaluated in consideration of the similarity law applied to this test. (author)

  9. A method for determining the spent-fuel contribution to transport cask containment requirements

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    This report examines containment requirements for spent-fuel transport containers that are transported under normal and hypothetical accident conditions. A methodology is described that estimates the probability of rod failure and the quantity of radioactive material released from breached rods. This methodology characterizes the dynamic environment of the cask and its contents and deterministically models the peak stresses that are induced in spent-fuel cladding by the mechanical and thermal dynamic environments. The peak stresses are evaluated in relation to probabilistic failure criteria for generated or preexisting ductile tearing and material fractures at cracks partially through the wall in fuel rods. Activity concentrations in the cask cavity are predicted from estimates of the fraction of gases, volatiles, and fuel fines that are released when the rod cladding is breached. Containment requirements based on the source term are calculated in terms of maximum permissible volumetric leak rates from the cask. Calculations are included for representative cask designs

  10. A method for determining the spent-fuel contribution to transport cask containment requirements

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    Sanders, T.L.; Seager, K.D. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States); Rashid, Y.R.; Barrett, P.R. [ANATECH Research Corp., La Jolla, CA (United States); Malinauskas, A.P. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Einziger, R.E. [Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (United States); Jordan, H. [EG and G Rocky Flats, Inc., Golden, CO (United States). Rocky Flats Plant; Duffey, T.A.; Sutherland, S.H. [APTEK, Inc., Colorado Springs, CO (United States); Reardon, P.C. [GRAM, Inc., Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    1992-11-01

    This report examines containment requirements for spent-fuel transport containers that are transported under normal and hypothetical accident conditions. A methodology is described that estimates the probability of rod failure and the quantity of radioactive material released from breached rods. This methodology characterizes the dynamic environment of the cask and its contents and deterministically models the peak stresses that are induced in spent-fuel cladding by the mechanical and thermal dynamic environments. The peak stresses are evaluated in relation to probabilistic failure criteria for generated or preexisting ductile tearing and material fractures at cracks partially through the wall in fuel rods. Activity concentrations in the cask cavity are predicted from estimates of the fraction of gases, volatiles, and fuel fines that are released when the rod cladding is breached. Containment requirements based on the source term are calculated in terms of maximum permissible volumetric leak rates from the cask. Calculations are included for representative cask designs.

  11. Full scale torch tests on spent fuel cask shipping system

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    Full scale experimental measurements, including the instrumentation designed to obtain the data, are presented on the thermal effects of torch fires on a large, spent nuclear fuel shipping cask. The measured temperature data in the various materials of the multilayered cask are unique, since no torch tests have been previously performed on a cask: These data were obtained during a series of four torch tests which simulate a situation in which the relief valve of a liquefied gas tank railcar has been opened and and the contents are vented and ignited so that the resultant torch impinges on the cask. The modified cask instrumentation geometry and materials are discussed. Temperature data throughout the cask are compared for two cask on the corrugated outer jacket surface, within the neutron shield, on the carbon steel shell, on the inner stainless steel shell and near the cask head closure seals are presented for the four torch tests

  12. COBRA-SFS: A thermal-hydraulic analysis code for spent fuel storage and transportation casks

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    COBRA-SFS is a general thermal-hydraulic analysis computer code for prediction of material temperatures and fluid conditions in a wide variety of systems. The code has been validated for analysis of spent fuel storage systems, as part of the Commercial Spent Fuel Management Program of the US Department of Energy. The code solves finite volume equations representing the conservation equations for mass, moment, and energy for an incompressible single-phase heat transfer fluid. The fluid solution is coupled to a finite volume solution of the conduction equation in the solid structure of the system. This document presents a complete description of Cycle 2 of COBRA-SFS, and consists of three main parts. Part 1 describes the conservation equations, constitutive models, and solution methods used in the code. Part 2 presents the User Manual, with guidance on code applications, and complete input instructions. This part also includes a detailed description of the auxiliary code RADGEN, used to generate grey body view factors required as input for radiative heat transfer modeling in the code. Part 3 describes the code structure, platform dependent coding, and program hierarchy. Installation instructions are also given for the various platform versions of the code that are available

  13. B cell remote-handled waste shipment cask alternatives study

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    The decommissioning of the 324 Facility B Cell includes the onsite transport of grouted remote-handled radioactive waste from the 324 Facility to the 200 Areas for disposal. The grouted waste has been transported in the leased ATG Nuclear Services 3-82B Radioactive Waste Shipping Cask (3-82B cask). Because the 3-82B cask is a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)-certified Type B shipping cask, the lease cost is high, and the cask operations in the onsite environment may not be optimal. An alternatives study has been performed to develop cost and schedule information on alternative waste transportation systems to assist in determining which system should be used in the future. Five alternatives were identified for evaluation. These included continued lease of the 3-82B cask, fabrication of a new 3-82B cask, development and fabrication of an onsite cask, modification of the existing U.S. Department of Energy-owned cask (OH-142), and the lease of a different commercially available cask. Each alternative was compared to acceptance criteria for use in the B Cell as an initial screening. Only continued leasing of the 3-82B cask, fabrication of a new 3-82B cask, and the development and fabrication of an onsite cask were found to meet all of the B Cell acceptance criteria

  14. Feasibility and incentives for burnup credit in spent-fuel casks

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    The spent-fuel carrying capacities of previous-generation spent-fuel shipping casks have been primarily thermal and/or shielding limited. Shielding and heat transfer requirements for casks designed to transport older spent fuel with longer decay times are reduced considerably and cask capacities become criticality limited. Using burnup credit in the design of future casks can result in increased cask capacities as well as reduced environmental impacts and savings in time and money

  15. Conceptual design of the Clinch River Breeder Reactor spent-fuel shipping cask

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    Details of a baseline conceptual design of a spent fuel shipping cask for the Clinch River Breeder Reactor (CRBR) are presented including an assessment of shielding, structural, thermal, fabrication and cask/plant interfacing problems. A basis for continued cask development and for new technological development is established. Alternates to the baseline design are briefly presented. Estimates of development schedules, cask utilization and cost schedules, and of personnel dose commitments during CRBR in-plant handling of the cask are also presented

  16. Conceptual design of the Clinch River Breeder Reactor spent-fuel shipping cask

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    Pope, R B; Diggs, J M [eds.

    1982-04-01

    Details of a baseline conceptual design of a spent fuel shipping cask for the Clinch River Breeder Reactor (CRBR) are presented including an assessment of shielding, structural, thermal, fabrication and cask/plant interfacing problems. A basis for continued cask development and for new technological development is established. Alternates to the baseline design are briefly presented. Estimates of development schedules, cask utilization and cost schedules, and of personnel dose commitments during CRBR in-plant handling of the cask are also presented.

  17. A validated methodology for evaluating burnup credit in spent fuel casks

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    The concept of allowing reactivity credit for the transmuted state of spent fuel offers both economic and risk incentives. This paper presents a general overview of the technical work being performed in support of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) program to resolve issues related to the implementation of burnup credit. An analysis methodology is presented along with information representing the validation of the method against available experimental data. The experimental data that are applicable to burnup credit include chemical assay data for the validation of the isotopic prediction models, fresh fuel critical experiments for the validation of criticality calculations for various cask geometries, and reactor restart critical data to validate criticality calculations with spent fuel. The methodology has been specifically developed to be simple and generally applicable, therefore giving rise to uncertainties or sensitivities which are identified and quantified in terms of a percent bias in keff. Implementation issues affecting licensing requirements and operational procedures are discussed briefly. (Author)

  18. Criticality safety evaluation for long term storage of FFTF fuel in interim storage casks

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    It has been postulated that a degradation phenomenon, referred to as ''hot cell rot'', may affect irradiated FFTF mixed plutonium-uranium oxide (MOX) fuel during dry interim storage. ''Hot cell rot'' refers to a variety of phenomena that degrade fuel pin cladding during exposure to air and inert gas environments. It is thought to be a form of caustic stress corrosion cracking or environmentally assisted cracking. Here, a criticality safety analysis was performed to address the effect of the ''hot cell rot'' phenomenon on the long term storage of irradiated FFTF fuel in core component containers. The results show that seven FFTF fuel assemblies or six Ident-69 pin containers stored in core component containers within interim storage casks will remain safely subcritical

  19. A validated methodology for evaluating burnup credit in spent fuel casks

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    The concept of allowing reactivity credit for the transmuted state of spent fuel offers both economic and risk incentives. This paper presents a general overview of the technical work being performed in support of the US Department of Energy (DOE) program to resolve issues related to the implementation of burnup credit. An analysis methodology is presented along with information representing the validation of the method against available experimental data. The experimental data that are applicable to burnup credit include chemical assay data for the validation of the isotopic prediction models, fresh fuel critical experiments for the validation of criticality calculations for various cask geometries, and reactor restart critical data to validate criticality calculations with spent fuel. The methodology has been specifically developed to be simple and generally applicable, therefore giving rise to uncertainties or sensitivities which are identified and quantified in terms of a percent bias in keff. Implementation issues affecting licensing requirements and operational procedures are discussed briefly. 24 refs., 3 tabs

  20. SNF shipping cask shielding analysis

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    Johnson, J.O.; Pace, J.V. III

    1996-01-01

    The Waste Management and Remedial Action Division has planned a modification sequence for storage facility 7827 in the Solid Waste Storage Area (SWSA). The modification cycle is: (1) modify an empty caisson, (2) transfer the spent nuclear fuel (SNF) of an occupied caisson to a hot cell in building 3525 for inspection and possible repackaging, and (3) return the package to the modified caisson in the SWSA. Although the SNF to be moved is in the solid form, it has different levels of activity. Thus, the following 5 shipping casks will be available for the task: the Loop Transport Carrier, the In- Pile Loop LITR HB-2 Carrier, the 6.5-inch HRLEL Carrier, the HFIR Hot Scrap Carrier, and the 10-inch ORR Experiment Removal Shield Cask. This report describes the shielding tasks for the 5 casks: determination of shielding characteristics, any streaming avenues, estimation of thermal limits, and shielding calculational uncertainty for use in the transportation plan.

  1. SNF shipping cask shielding analysis

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    The Waste Management and Remedial Action Division has planned a modification sequence for storage facility 7827 in the Solid Waste Storage Area (SWSA). The modification cycle is: (1) modify an empty caisson, (2) transfer the spent nuclear fuel (SNF) of an occupied caisson to a hot cell in building 3525 for inspection and possible repackaging, and (3) return the package to the modified caisson in the SWSA. Although the SNF to be moved is in the solid form, it has different levels of activity. Thus, the following 5 shipping casks will be available for the task: the Loop Transport Carrier, the In- Pile Loop LITR HB-2 Carrier, the 6.5-inch HRLEL Carrier, the HFIR Hot Scrap Carrier, and the 10-inch ORR Experiment Removal Shield Cask. This report describes the shielding tasks for the 5 casks: determination of shielding characteristics, any streaming avenues, estimation of thermal limits, and shielding calculational uncertainty for use in the transportation plan

  2. Solar Thermal Concept Evaluation

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    Hawk, Clark W.; Bonometti, Joseph A.

    1995-01-01

    Concentrated solar thermal energy can be utilized in a variety of high temperature applications for both terrestrial and space environments. In each application, knowledge of the collector and absorber's heat exchange interaction is required. To understand this coupled mechanism, various concentrator types and geometries, as well as, their relationship to the physical absorber mechanics were investigated. To conduct experimental tests various parts of a 5,000 watt, thermal concentrator, facility were made and evaluated. This was in anticipation at a larger NASA facility proposed for construction. Although much of the work centered on solar thermal propulsion for an upper stage (less than one pound thrust range), the information generated and the facility's capabilities are applicable to material processing, power generation and similar uses. The numerical calculations used to design the laboratory mirror and the procedure for evaluating other solar collectors are presented here. The mirror design is based on a hexagonal faceted system, which uses a spherical approximation to the parabolic surface. The work began with a few two dimensional estimates and continued with a full, three dimensional, numerical algorithm written in FORTRAN code. This was compared to a full geometry, ray trace program, BEAM 4, which optimizes the curvatures, based on purely optical considerations. Founded on numerical results, the characteristics of a faceted concentrator were construed. The numerical methodologies themselves were evaluated and categorized. As a result, the three-dimensional FORTRAN code was the method chosen to construct the mirrors, due to its overall accuracy and superior results to the ray trace program. This information is being used to fabricate and subsequently, laser map the actual mirror surfaces. Evaluation of concentrator mirrors, thermal applications and scaling the results of the 10 foot diameter mirror to a much larger concentrator, were studied. Evaluations

  3. SCANS, Shipping Cask Design Safety Analysis

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    1 - Description of program or function: SCANS (Shipping Cask Analysis System) is a microcomputer-based system of computer programs and databases for evaluating safety analysis reports on spent fuel shipping casks. SCANS calculates the global response to impact loads, pressure loads, and thermal conditions, providing reviewers with an independent check on analyses submitted by licensees. Analysis options are based on regulatory cases described in the Code of Federal Regulation (1983) and Regulatory Guides published by the NRC in 1977 and 1978. The system is composed of a series of menus and input entry cask analysis, and output display programs. An analysis is performed by preparing the necessary input data and then selecting the appropriate analysis: impact, thermal (heat transfer), thermally- induced stress, or pressure-induced stress. All data are entered through input screens with descriptive data requests, and, where possible, default values are provided. Output (i.e., impact force, moment and shear time histories; impact animation; thermal/stress geometry and thermal/stress element outlines; temperature distributions as iso-contours or profiles; and temperature time histories) is displayed graphically and can also be printed. 2 - Method of solution: Impact analyses use a one-dimensional dynamic beam model. Each node in the beam model has two translational and one rotational degrees of freedom. The impact code uses an explicit time-history integration scheme in which equilibrium is formulated in terms of the global external forces and internal force resultants. This formulation allows the code to track large rigid- body motion. Thus, the oblique impact problem can be calculated from initial impact through essentially rigid-body rotation to secondary impact. Lateral pressure due to lead-slump can also be calculated. Appropriate two-dimensional finite-element meshes are automatically generated for thermal, thermal-stress, and pressure- stress analyses, based on

  4. Thermal evaluation of buildings

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    Barajas, Luís M; Roset Calzada, Jaime; La Ferla, Giuseppe

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    To COST ACTION TU 1104 "Smart Energy Regions" Prof. Aleksandra Djukic and Prof. Aleksandra Krstic-Furundzic of the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Belgrade, Serbia, that gave us the opportunity of be part of the training school imparted from Monday 20th to Thursday 23rd April 2015, where we can teach the topic. The convenience of the use of environmental building evaluation tools, to know design conditions and thermal behavior, by using bioclimatic strategies fo...

  5. Spent fuel criticality and compositions evaluation for long-term disposal in a generic cask

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    The Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) Expert Group on Burn-up Credit Criticality Safety published a Benchmark with results obtained from simulations with some nuclear codes for a PWR-UO2 nuclear fuel disposed of in a cask. The same situations were simulated at the Departamento de Engenharia Nuclear/Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (DEN/UFMG) with the SCALE 6.0 (KENOVI/ORIGENS), MCNPX 2.6.0/CINDER and Monteburns (MCNP5/ORIGEN2.1). Combinations of codes and nuclear data are slightly different from those used by the organizations who participate of the Benchmark. For keff time evolution, the results are very similar to the values obtained by the benchmark participants. For decay time evolution, the results obtained for several nuclides presented the expected behavior. Nevertheless, differences in the composition increase during the time specially using the Monteburns code. These differences may be attributed to the libraries and methodology for choosing libraries to decay calculation and the number of days to a year considered to calculations

  6. A numerical study of transportation casks subjected to puncture loads

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    A nonlinear dynamic finite element analysis has been performed to study the structural response of casks subjected to puncture load. Particular attention is placed on the Multipurpose Canister (MPC) and General Atomic (GA) casks that are currently under development. The structural response of the casks subjected to both regulatory hypothetical accidents and accidents beyond regulatory requirements were evaluated. A performance map was presented for casks subjected to regulatory formula puncture tests, and the structural contribution of the various layers backing the steel cask shell has been studied

  7. SCANS (Shipping Cask ANalysis System) a microcomputer-based analysis system for shipping cask design review: User's manual to Version 3a. Volume 1, Revision 2

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    SCANS (Shipping Cask ANalysis System) is a microcomputer-based system of computer programs and databases developed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) for evaluating safety analysis reports on spent fuel shipping casks. SCANS is an easy-to-use system that calculates the global response to impact loads, pressure loads and thermal conditions, providing reviewers with an independent check on analyses submitted by licensees. SCANS is based on microcomputers compatible with the IBM-PC family of computers. The system is composed of a series of menus, input programs, cask analysis programs, and output display programs. All data is entered through fill-in-the-blank input screens that contain descriptive data requests. Analysis options are based on regulatory cases described in the Code of Federal Regulations 10 CFR 71 and Regulatory Guides published by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 1977 and 1978

  8. Evaluation of Helium Purge and Vent Process to Reduce Oxygen Concentrations in the Large Diameter Container and Cask Void Volumes at K Basin

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    The purpose of this document is to provide calculations to model the following activities and associated procedures: (1) Model a Helium Purge System (HPS) to reduce the oxygen concentration (i.e., O2 mole fraction) to less than 1% in the single Large Diameter Container (LDC) void volume, by a direct purge and vent process, after sludge load out is complete. (2) Model a HPS to reduce oxygen concentration (i.e., O2 mole fraction) to less than 1% in the Cask and filter-connected LDC void volumes prior to transport to T-Plant. This document will evaluate and determine the following items, in order, to address the issues noted above: (1) Demonstrate the purge system process and methodology will ensure the Cask and LDC void volumes can be purged below 1% oxygen for both models defined above. (2) Based on previous item (1), determine the number of purge/vent cycles for the Cask/LDC, and single LDC, to enable the LDC void volume to obtain an oxygen concentration below 1%. (3) Based on previous items (1) and (2), determine the length of purge/vent time for each cycle and model using a reduced final purge cycle pressure in single LDC (i.e., 35 psig) and Cask/LDC (37 psig) and using an increased final vent cycle pressure in single LDC (i.e., 4 psig) and Cask/LDC (7 psig). Revision 2 of this document provides a greater purge pressure and reduced vent pressure per cycle which increases process cycle durations but decreases oxygen concentrations per cycle. (4) Determine a recommended dynamic pressure setting on the helium purge feed regulator setting or volumetric helium feed flow to meet the proposed cycle times in previous items (1) through (3). (5) Determine a final Cask purge pressure based on the single LDC process run data. The final pressure shall ensure the process avoids damaging the filter media between the two void volumes (6) Provide any special design change recommendations or specific design requirements that the purge system must meet to adequately optimize the

  9. Spent fuel transportation cask response to a tunnel fire scenario

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    On July 18, 2001, a freight train carrying hazardous (non-nuclear) materials derailed and caught fire while passing through the Howard Street railroad tunnel in downtown Baltimore, Maryland. The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC), one of the agencies responsible for ensuring the safe transportation of radioactive materials in the United States, undertook an investigation of the train derailment and fire to determine the possible regulatory implications of this particular event for the transportation of spent nuclear fuel by railroad. Shortly after the accident occurred, the USNRC met with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the U.S. agency responsible for determining the cause of transportation accidents, to discuss the details of the accident and the ensuing fire. Following these discussions, the USNRC assembled a team of experts from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Center for Nuclear Waste Regulatory Analyses (CNWRA), and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to determine the thermal conditions that existed in the Howard Street tunnel fire and analyze the effects of this fire on various spent fuel transportation cask designs. The Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) code, developed by NIST, was used to determine the thermal environment present in the Howard Street tunnel during the fire. The FDS results were used as boundary conditions in the ANSYS registered and COBRA-SFS computer codes to evaluate the thermal performance of different cask designs. The staff concluded that the transportation casks analyzed would withstand a fire with thermal conditions similar to those that existed in the Baltimore tunnel fire event. No release of radioactive materials would result from exposure of the casks analyzed to such an event. This paper describes the methods and approach used for this assessment

  10. HYDRA and COBRA-SFS temperature calculations for CASTOR-1C, REA-2023, CASTOR-V/21, and TN-24P casks

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    The models and procedures used by HYDRA and COBRA-SFS have been evaluated by making prelook or pretest calculations against four different cask/basket designs for three different fill media in both vertical and horizontal orientations. These calculations were made without prior knowledge of the as-built cask thermal performance, so that there was very little experimental information on thermal resistance between the cask components. Despite this lack of experimentally derived input, both codes have demonstrated excellent predictive performance. The overall mean differences on predicted peak clad temperature for HYDRA after 24 data comparisons was +100C with a standard deviation of +/-100C. The mean difference for COBRA-SFS for 25 comparisons is +30C, with a standard deviation of +/-110C. As more information on each cask's characteristics is developed, this relatively small error should decrease even further

  11. Evaluation of impact tests of solid steel billet onto concrete pads, and application to generic ISFSI storage cask for tipover and side drop

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    Twelve tests were performed at LLNL to assess loading conditions on a spent fuel casts for side drops, end drops and tipover events. The tests were performed with a 1/3-scale model concrete pad to benchmark the structural analysis code DYNA3D. The side drop and tipover test results are discussed in this report. The billet and test pad were modified with DYNA3D using material properties and techniques used in earlier tests. The peak or maximum deceleration test results were compared to the simulated analytical results. It was concluded that an analytical model based on DYNA3D code and has been adequately benchmarked for this type of application. A generic or represented cask was modified with the DYNA3D code and evaluated for ISFSI side drop and tipover events. The analytical method can be applied to similar casks to estimate impact loads on storage casks resulting from low-velocity side or tip impacts onto concrete storage pads

  12. Testing of Metal Cask and Concrete Cask

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    In Japan, the first interim spent fuel storage facility (ISF) outside of nuclear power plant site in use of dual-purpose metal cask is being planned to start its commercial operation in 2012 in Mutsu city, Aomori prefecture. The CRIEPI (Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry) has executed several study programs on demonstrative testing for interim storage of spent fuel, mainly related to metal cask and concrete cask storage technology to reflect in Japanese safety requirements for dry casks issued by NISA/METI (Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, Ministry of Economy and Trade Industry). On top of that, the Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organization (JNES) has executed study programs on spent fuel integrity, etc. This paper introduces the summary of these research programs. (author)

  13. A comparison of spent fuel shipping cask response to 10 CFR 71 normal conditions and realistic hot day extremes

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    An examination of the effect of a realistic (though conservative) hot day environment on the thermal transient behavior of spent fuel shipping casks is made. These results are compared to those that develop under the prescribed normal thermal condition of 10 CFR 71. Of specific concern are the characteristics of propagating thermal waves, which are set up by diurnal variations of temperature and insolation in the outdoor environment. In order to arrive at a realistic approximation of these variations on a conservative hot day, actual temperature and insolation measurements have been obtained from the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) for representatively hot and high heat flux days. Thus, the use of authentic meteorological data ensures the realistic approach sought. Further supporting the desired realism of the modeling effort is the use of realistic cask configurations in which multiple laminations of structural, shielding, and other materials are expected to attenuate the propagating thermal waves. The completed analysis revealed that the majority of wall temperatures, for a wide variety of spent fuel shipping cask configurations, fall well below those predicted by enforcement of the regulatory environmental conditions of 10 CFR 71. It was found that maximum temperatures at the cask surface occasionally lie above temperatures predicted under the prescribed regulatory conditions. However, the temperature differences are small enough that the normal conservative assumptions that are made in the course of typical cask evaluations should correct for any potential violations. The analysis demonstrates that diurnal temperature variations that penetrate the cask wall all have maxima substantially less than the corresponding regulatory solutions. Therefore it is certain that vital cask components and the spent fuel itself will not exceed the temperatures calculated by use of the conditions of 10 CFR 71

  14. Seismic stability of unanchored spent nuclear fuel storage casks

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    Dynamic soil-structure interaction analyses were performed to examine the effects of a potential earthquake on the stability of unanchored cylindrical spent nuclear fuel casks for an above-ground storage installation. The casks would be placed on a cluster of reinforced concrete pads founded on a deep sequence of clays and silts underlain by sandstones. The analyses focused on evaluating the geometric stability of the casks during an earthquake with respect to a design concept that a cask should not tip over, slide off the storage pad, or collide with another cask. The analyses were performed using LS-DYNA with a three-dimensional explicit finite element model representing the site soil and a fully loaded storage pad. Three statistically independent acceleration time histories were applied simultaneously at the base of the model to generate a free-field ground motion time history representing the design-basis earthquake. Sensitivity studies were performed to examine the effects of the interface conditions between the storage pad and the surrounding soil, and between the base of the storage casks and the top surface of the pad. The results indicate that ground motion from the design-basis earthquake would not cause any cask to tip over, slide off the pad, or collide with another cask. The contact conditions at the cask-to-pad and pad-to-soil interfaces have a strong effect on potential cask motions during an earthquake. If the cask-base friction coefficient is small, the casks may slide, but would not experience any significant rocking. If the cask-base friction is large enough to permit a significant transfer of earthquake lateral motions across the cask-to-pad interface, a design with bonded pad-to-soil interfaces would produce larger cask motions than a design with frictional pad-to-soil interfaces. Furthermore, a cask strage design in which the cask motions are essentially isolated from the motions of the pad-soil system, which can be accomplished if the cask

  15. CFD analysis of a cask for spent fuel dry storage: Model fundamentals and sensitivity studies

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    Highlights: • A dry storage cask has been evaluated by a CFD code, FLUENT 14. • An alternative methodology for thermal-fluid dynamic modeling has been performed. • Fuel maximum temperature obtained is around 50 K below the regulation limit (673 K). • Even in the most unfavorable heat load distribution temperature increase is smaller than 4%. - Abstract: Dry storage technology must ensure spent fuel cooling under any conditions. This turns thermo-fluid dynamics within dry storage casks a key aspect to investigate, as it would heavily affect fuel rod temperatures. This paper introduces a Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) model and analyses of a HI-STORM 100S cask with FLUENT 14.0. Fuel assemblies have been modeled as a porous medium characterized by a thermal conductivity and pressure drop that have been derived from specific approximations, algorithms and methods. This approach has been verified by comparing its results to those published by Holtec International for the HI-STORM cask. The application of the 3D model to HI-STORM 100S cask type under normal conditions, confirms that fuel maximum temperatures more than about 50 K below the regulation limit (673 K) should be expected. In addition, the effect on these results of aspects such as cask design (inlet/outlet orientation), heat load (regionalization) and local climate (external temperature), have been explored. The results indicate that the most relevant factor is heat load distribution and that, even in the most unfavorable regionalization feasible, temperature increase is smaller than 4%. Nonetheless, it should be highlighted that thermal margin to regulatory setting might be reduced down to around 40%

  16. Performance of bolted closure joint elastomers under cask aging conditions

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    Verst, C. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Sindelar, R. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Skidmore, E. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Daugherty, W. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL)

    2015-07-23

    The bolted closure joint of a bare spent fuel cask is susceptible to age-related degradation and potential loss of confinement function under long-term storage conditions. Elastomeric seals, a component of the joint typically used to facilitate leak testing of the primary seal that includes the metallic seal and bolting, is susceptible to degradation over time by several mechanisms, principally via thermo-oxidation, stress-relaxation, and radiolytic degradation under time and temperature condition. Irradiation and thermal exposure testing and evaluation of an ethylene-propylene diene monomer (EPDM) elastomeric seal material similar to that used in the CASTOR® V/21 cask for a matrix of temperature and radiation exposure conditions relevant to the cask extended storage conditions, and development of semiempirical predictive models for loss of sealing force is in progress. A special insert was developed to allow Compressive Stress Relaxation (CSR) measurements before and after the irradiation and/or thermal exposure without unloading the elastomer. A condition of the loss of sealing force for the onset of leakage was suggested. The experimentation and modeling being performed could enable acquisition of extensive coupled aging data as well as an estimation of the timeframe when loss of sealing function under aging (temperature/radiation) conditions may occur.

  17. SNS Inner Plug Shipping Cask Analysis

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    Calculations were performed to evaluate the dose rates outside the shipping cask containing the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) inner plug assembly. The analysis consisted of simulating the proton beam interaction with the SNS target, activation calculations with the determined neutron flux levels and assumed SNS operation schedule, and calculation of the decay gamma-rays propagation through the inner plug and shipping cask. Several materials were considered for the inner plug. The results provide guidance for the finalization of the plug design

  18. Design report for cask transportation equipment

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    In Korea, the spent fuels stored in the spent fuel storage pools in the domestic nuclear power plants significantly affects the continuation of the power plant operation. To solve this problem, KAERI has developed KSC-4 spent fuel shipping cask, which can transport 4 PWR spent fuel assemblies. Besides the development of the cask, KAERI developed transportation equipment which needed to use of KSC-4 cask. These equipment consist of cask handling tools such as lifting yoke, lid handling tool and spent fuel handling tool, etc. and transportation equipment such as trailer. In this report the usages, structures and functions of these tools and equipment were described, and the safety evaluation was carried out for each equipment

  19. Transport and interim storage casks in Switzerland

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    the cask are mainly provided by this basic structure. - 4 or 6 trunnions are attached to this structure for handling, tilting and tie down. - Inside the cylindrical cavity, a Boron aluminium basket is fitted and provides a structural support for the fuel assemblies and criticality control. - Surrounding the cylindrical cavity, a resin layer is encased in an outer shell and provides the neutron shielding features of the cask. Heat conductors ensure the thermal evacuation of the heat from the main shell to the outer shell of the cask. - A leak tightness monitoring system and an anti-aircraft crash cover (when needed) are installed during the storage period of the cask. - A set of shock absorbing covers is fitted to the flask for transport operation, as well as lateral impact limiters for some cask design. 2) Main steps of their development and implementation: - manufacturing and licensing (transport and storage) - transport and on-site handling cold trials using the ancillary equipment and the real vehicle - spent fuel loading and transport to the storage site - storage. (author)

  20. The Performance of Spent Fuel Casks in Severe Tunnel Fires

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    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), performed analyses to predict the response of various spent fuel transportation cask designs when exposed to a fire similar to that which occurred in the Howard Street railroad tunnel in downtown Baltimore, Maryland on July 18, 2001. The thermal performance of three different spent fuel cask designs (HOLTEC HI-STAR 100, TransNuclear TN-68, and NAC-LWT) was evaluated with the ANSYSR and COBRA-SFS analysis codes, utilizing boundary conditions for the tunnel fire obtained using NIST's Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) code. NRC Staff evaluated the potential for a release of radioactive material from each of the three transportation casks analyzed for the Baltimore tunnel fire scenario. The results of these analyses are described in detail in Spent Fuel Transportation Package Response to the Baltimore Tunnel Fire Scenario, NUREG/CR-6886, published in draft for comment in November 2005. Comments received by the NRC on NUREG/CR-6886 will be addressed in the final version of the report. (authors)

  1. Cask Processing Enclosure Specification/Operation - 12231

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    Following an evaluation of throughput rates in the Hot Cell at the Transuranic Waste Processing Center and considering the variability in the waste with respect to actual dose rates a new approach to processing transuranic waste was necessary. Compounding the issue was the remote equipment poor reliability and high down-time. After considering all the factors, the evaluation resulted in the design and construction of a new waste processing area for handling the concrete casks that predominately contain contact handled transuranic (TRU) waste. The area is called the Cask Processing Enclosure and essentially the Cask Processing Enclosure mimics the projects current process techniques used for processing Contact Handled -TRU waste in the existing Box Breakdown Area and Glovebox. The Cask Processing Enclosure approach was developed based on a review of the RH processing throughput rates in the Hot Cell. As the process was reviewed consideration was given to the variability in the waste with respect to actual dose rates and the lack of equipment reliability and high wear in the Hot Cell. Based on that review, a new contact handled processing area for handling the concrete casks is being constructed and startup is expected shortly following WM2012. The Cask Processing Enclosure essentially mimics the projects current process techniques used for processing Contact Handled waste in the existing Box Breakdown Area and Glovebox and the design takes into consideration six years of operational experience. (authors)

  2. A cask fleet operations study

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    1988-03-01

    This document describes the cask fleet currently available to transport spent nuclear fuels. The report describes the proposed operational procedures for these casks and the vehicles intended to transport them. Included are techniques for loading the cask, lifting it onto the transport vehicle, preparing the invoices, and unloading the cask at the destination. The document concludes with a discussion on the maintenance and repair of the casks. (tem) 29 figs.

  3. A cask fleet operations study

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    This document describes the cask fleet currently available to transport spent nuclear fuels. The report describes the proposed operational procedures for these casks and the vehicles intended to transport them. Included are techniques for loading the cask, lifting it onto the transport vehicle, preparing the invoices, and unloading the cask at the destination. The document concludes with a discussion on the maintenance and repair of the casks. (tem) 29 figs

  4. Containment integrity evaluation of MSF-type cask for interim storage and transport of PWR spent fuel

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    Many spent fuel storage pools in nuclear plant facilities are now reaching their full capacity in Japan. As a solution of this issue, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, ltd. (MHI) has developed a high integrity dual purpose cask for interim storage and transport of PWR spent fuel. As for the dual purpose cask, the conformity with the requirements for leak-tightness during transport specified in IAEA Safety Standards (Safety Requirements No. TS-R-1) has to be verified by drop tests and/or numerical simulations. A Full-scale drop test is a valid and feasible way for demonstrating a containment performance because it is difficult to scale down a closure system, especially the dimensions and characteristics of the metallic O-rings attached to the lids, according to the scaling law. Therefore, MHI conducted full-scale drop tests and demonstrated the conformity with the leak-tightness requirements. The closure system of the MSF-21P cask has been designed on the basis of the full-scale drop test results and its containment integrity has been verified by dynamic Finite Element (FE) analyses based on the full-scale drop test results

  5. European experience in transport / storage cask for vitrified residues

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    Because of the evolution of burnup of spent fuel to be reprocessed, the high activity vitrified residues would not be transported in the existing cask designs. Therefore, TN International has decided in the late nineties to develop a brand new design of casks with optimized capacity able to store and transport the most active and hottest canisters: the TNTM81 casks currently in use in Switzerland and the TNTM85 cask which shall permit in the near future in Germany the storage and the transport of the most active vitrified residues defining a thermal power of 56 kW (kilowatts). The challenges for the TNTM81 and TNTM85 cask designs were that the geometry entry data were very restrictive and were combined with a fairly wide range set by the AREVA NC Specification relative to vitrified residue canister. The TNTM81 and the TNTM85 casks have been designed to fully anticipate shipment constraints of the present vitrified residue production. It also used the feedback of current shipments and the operational constraints and experience of receiving and shipping facilities. The casks had to fit as much as possible in the existing procedures for the already existing flasks such as the TNTM28 cask and TS 28 V cask, all along the logistics chain of loading, unloading, transport and maintenance. In addition, years of feedback and experience in design and operations - together with ever improved materials - have allowed finding further optimization of this type of cask design. In order to increase the loading capacity in terms of radioactive source terms and heat load by 40%, the cask design relies on innovative solutions and benchmarks from the current shipping campaigns. Currently, TNTM81 and TNTM85 are the only licensed casks that can transport and store 28 canisters with a total decay heat of 56 kW. It contributes to optimise the number of required transports to bring back high level waste residues to their producers. Three units have already been loaded and transported to

  6. LMFBR thermal-striping evaluation

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    Thermal striping is defined as the fluctuating temperature field that is imposed on a structure when fluid streams at different temperatures mix in the vicinity of the structure surface. Because of the uncertainty in structural damage in LMFBR structures subject to thermal striping, EPRI has funded an effort for the Rockwell International Energy Systems Group to evaluate this problem. This interim report presents the following information: (1) a Thermal Striping Program Plan which identifies areas of analytic and experimental needs and presents a program of specific tasks to define damage experienced by ordinary materials of construction and to evaluate conservatism in the existing approach; (2) a description of the Thermal Striping Test Facility and its operation; and (3) results from the preliminary phase of testing to characterize the fluid environment to be applied in subsequent thermal striping damage experiments

  7. Experimental investigation of heat removal performance of a concrete storage cask

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    Highlights: • Thermal tests were performed to evaluate the heat removal performance of the concrete storage cask. • Passive heat removal system was well designed and worked adequately. • Half-blockage of the inlet has a relatively small effect. • Thermal integrity of the concrete is maintained under accident conditions. - Abstract: Spent nuclear fuel generated at nuclear power plants must be safely stored during interim storage periods. A concrete storage cask to safely store spent nuclear fuel should be able to adequately emit the decay heat from the spent nuclear fuel. Moreover, the concrete storage cask must ensure that the temperatures of the spent nuclear fuel assemblies are maintained within the allowable values for normal, off-normal, and accident conditions. Therefore, the concrete storage cask must be designed to have heat removal capabilities with appropriate reliability. However, the thermal conductivity of concrete is not good and the allowable temperature of concrete is lower than that of steel. In this study, a thermal test was performed to evaluate the heat removal performance of the concrete storage cask under development by KORAD (Korea Radioactive Waste Agency), under normal and off-normal conditions. In addition, a thermal test was performed to evaluate the thermal integrity of the concrete under accident conditions. The heat transfer rate to the ambient atmosphere by convective airflow through the passive heat removal system of the concrete storage cask was found to reach 93.5% under normal conditions. Thus, it was confirmed that the passive heat removal system was well designed and worked adequately. In addition, the heat transfer rate to the ambient atmosphere by convective airflow through the passive heat removal system under off-normal conditions was estimated to reach 87.4%. Therefore, it was deduced that the half-blockage of the inlet openings has a relatively small effect on the maximum temperatures and temperature distributions

  8. Safety analysis report for packaging: the ORNL loop transport cask

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    Evans, J.H.; Chipley, K.K.; Nelms, H.A.; Crowley, W.K.; Just, R.A.

    1977-11-01

    An evaluation of the ORNL loop transport cask demonstrating its compliance with the regulations governing the transportation of radioactive and fissile materials is presented. A previous review of the cask is updated to demonstrate compliance with current regulations, to present current procedures, and to reflect the more recent technology.

  9. Drop test of reinforced concrete slab onto storage cask

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    In this research, drop tests onto full-scale casks considering the specifications of a falling object (weight, construction, drop height, etc.) demonstrate and evaluate the integrity of casks in case a heavy object drops into the storage facilities. (J.P.N.)

  10. Evaluation of mechanical properties and low velocity impact characteristics of balsa wood and urethane foam applied to impact limiter of nuclear spent fuel shipping cask

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    The paper aims to evaluate the low velocity impact responses and mechanical properties of balsa wood and urethane foam core materials and their sandwich panels, which are applied as the impact limiter of a nuclear spent fuel shipping cask. For the urethane foam core, which is isotropic, tensile, compressive, and shear mechanical tests were conducted. For the balsa wood core, which is orthotropic and shows different material properties in different orthogonal directions, nine mechanical properties were determined. The impact test specimens for the core material and their sandwich panel were subjected to low velocity impact loads using an instrumented testing machine at impact energy levels of 1, 3, and 5J. The experimental results showed that both the urethane foam and the balsa wood core except in the growth direction (z-direction) had a similar impact response for the energy absorbing capacity, contact force, and indentation. Furthermore, it was found that the urethane foam core was suitable as an impact limiter material owing to its resistance to fire and low cost, and the balsa wood core could also be strongly considered as an impact limiter material for a lightweight nuclear spent fuel shipping cask

  11. Cermet Spent Nuclear Fuel Casks and Waste Packages

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    Multipurpose transport, aging, and disposal casks are needed for the management of spent nuclear fuel (SNF). Self-shielded cermet casks can out-perform current SNF casks because of the superior properties of cermets, which consist of encapsulated hard ceramic particulates dispersed in a continuous ductile metal matrix to produce a strong high-integrity, high-thermal conductivity cask. A multi-year, multinational development and testing program has been developing cermet SNF casks made of steel, depleted uranium dioxide, and other materials. Because cermets are the traditional material of construction for armor, cermet casks can provide superior protection against assault. For disposal, cermet waste packages (WPs) with appropriate metals and ceramics can buffer the local geochemical environment to (1) slow degradation of SNF, (2) reduce water flow though the degraded WP, (3) sorb neptunium and other radionuclides that determine the ultimate radiation dose to the public from the repository, and (4) contribute to long-term nuclear criticality control. Finally, new cermet cask fabrication methods have been partly developed to manufacture the casks with the appropriate properties. The results of this work are summarized with references to the detailed reports. (authors)

  12. Thermo-mechanical finite element analyses of bolted cask lid structures

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    The analysis of complex bolted cask lid structures under mechanical or thermal accident conditions is important for the evaluation of cask integrity and leak-tightness in package design assessment according to the Transport Regulations or in aircraft crash scenarios. In this context BAM is developing methods based on Finite Elements to calculate the effects of mechanical impacts onto the bolted lid structures as well as effects caused by severe fire scenarios. I n case of fire it might be not enough to perform only a thermal heat transfer analysis. The complex cask design in connection with a severe hypothetical time-temperature-curve representing an accident fire scenario will create a strong transient heating up of the cask body and its lid system. This causes relative displacements between the seals and its counterparts that can be analyzed by a so-called thermo-mechanical calculation. Although it is currently not possible to correlate leakage rates with results from deformation analyses directly an appropriate Finite Element model of the considered type of metallic lid seal has been developed. For the present it is possible to estimate the behaviour of the seal based on the calculated relative displacements at its seating and the behaviour of the lid bolts under the impact load or the temperature field respectively. Except of the lid bolts the geometry of the cask and the mechanical loading is axial-symmetric which simplifies the analysis considerably and a two-dimensional Finite Element model with substitute lid bolts may be used. The substitute bolts are modelled as one-dimensional truss or beam elements. An advanced two-dimensional bolt submodel represents the bolts with plane stress continuum elements. This paper discusses the influence of different bolt modelling on the relative displacements at the seating of the seals. Besides this, the influence of bolt modelling, thermal properties and detail in geometry of the two-dimensional Finite Element models on

  13. Cask storing facility

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    The present invention provides a facility suitable to keeping and storing of casks for transporting and storing spent fuels generated from power plants and radioactive wastes generated from spent fuel reprocessing plants. Namely, the casks are transported in and out by a portal crane when they are stored. The cask storage space is disposed underground and soils are used as a portion of shielding materials. Then, a portal crane gives less load on the storage building when it is used compared with a case of using an overhead traveling crane. Since the storage pits are disposed underground, the radiation released from the casks in lateral and downward directions can be shielded by the soils. If shielding lids are disposed on the upper portion of the cask storage pits, upward radiation released from the casks can be shielded. Accordingly, there is no need to ensure thickness of walls of the building and ceilings for shielding. As a result, construction cost for the building can be reduced. (I.S.)

  14. Seismic tipping analysis of a spent nuclear fuel shipping cask sitting on a crush pad

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    A crush pad has been designed and analyzed to absorb the kinetic energy of an accidentally dropped spent nuclear fuel shipping cask into a 44 ft. deep cask unloading pool. Conventional analysis techniques available for evaluating a cask for tipping due to lateral seismic forces assume that the cask rests on a rigid surface. In this analysis, the cask (110 tons) sits on a stainless steel encased (0.25 in. top plate), polyurethane foam (4 ft. thick) crush pad. As the cask tends to rock due to horizontal seismic forces, the contact area between the cask and the crush pad is reduced, increasing the bearing stress, and causing the pivoting corner of the cask to depress into the crush pad. As the crush pad depresses under the cask corner, the pivot point shifts from the corner toward the cask center, which facilitates rocking and potential tipping of the cask. Subsequent rocking of the cask may deepen the depression, further contributing to the likelihood of cask tip over. However, as the depression is created, the crush pad is absorbing energy from the rocking cask. Potential tip over of the cask was evaluated by performing a non-linear, dynamic, finite element analysis with acceleration time history input. This time history analysis captured the effect of a deforming crush pad, and also eliminated conservatisms of the conventional approaches. For comparison purposes, this analysis was also performed with the cask sitting on a solid stainless steel crush pad. Results indicate that the conventional methods are quite conservative relative to the more exacting time history analysis. They also indicate that the rocking motion is less on the foam crush pad than on the solid stainless steel pad

  15. Computational fluid dynamics analysis for K24B cask design with burnup credit

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    Korea Nuclear Engineering Service Corp. (KONES) has designed K24B cask for the storage and the transportation of 24 (CE-type 16x16) PWR assemblies. K24B cask is designed with considering burnup credit of spent fuel. In order to remove heat from the fuel assemblies effectively, the flow channels in the upper and the lower part of fuel assemblies are set up to promote the natural convection. Computational fluid dynamics analysis is carried out to estimate and assure the thermal integrity of K24B cask. Conduction and radiation heat transfer through the cask components and the natural convective heat transfer in the cask are simulated. As a result of the analysis, the maximum temperatures of the cask components are maintained below the operating temperature for the safety. Therefore, the design of K24B cask can satisfy the safety limit. (author)

  16. Asymmetric temperature profiles in transport and storage casks for radioactive materials

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    Transport and storage casks for spent fuel elements or vitrified radioactive waste are exposed to radioactive radiation and additional thermal load due to the radioactive inventory. A reliable heat removal is required in order to avoid material degradation of the shielding and the cask. The calculation procedures of maximum temperatures in the casks need structural modeling of the cask inventory and the environmental conditions with respect to the heat removal. The authors show that simplified models with homogeneous heat load distributions underestimate the real conditions. Detailed models of the cask internals and the air circulation around the cask under a protection cover and sun irradiation have to be taken into account. The calculations methods have to be adapted to the safety relevant conditions of each cask type.

  17. Handbook for structural analysis of radioactive material transport casks

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    This paper described structural analysis method of radioactive material transport casks for use of a handbook of safety analysis and evaluation. Safety analysis conditions, computer codes for analyses and stress evaluation method are also involved in the handbook. (author)

  18. Al analysis and design of dry storage cask of spent nuclear fuel

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    According to thermal analysis of the existing concrete cask, the maximum temperature occurred at the upper side of cask. If the cask lid is made of concrete, the temperature of concrete in lid exceeds the allowable value. Based on that result, research is progressed focusing on two strategies - one is to increase thermal margin, another is to decrease the lid concrete temperature. Here, thermally - enhanced design is suggested and analyzed. This design features the air flow duct in the lid and the thermal shielding disk installed between canister and lid. Air flow duct on the center of lid concrete connected to existing air outlet can decrease temperature by promoting the convection heat transfer, and thermal shielding disk bearing smaller hole located on the center can maintain the increased convection heat transfer and minimize radiation heat transfer from canister to lid concrete for the lid concrete temperature not to be over the allowable value. Thermal analysis result for this design shows that it can be very successful to achieve these objectives. The overall component of cask temperature decrease by 2-10 .deg. C, and the lid concrete temperature dropped from above 100 to 87.5 .deg. C which is below the allowable value 93 .deg. C. In addition, heat removal of cask depending on distance between casks was investigated. Cask heat is removed by convection and radiation heat transfer at an external surface to environment. Naturally, these heat transfers are mainly affected by ambient temperature. The ambient temperature can be affected if the thermal boundary layer is overlapped. So, thermal boundary layer thickness of cask was calculated to estimate to see if the ambient temperature is affected by other cask. Boundary layer thickness is calculated is too small just about 5cm. It is concluded that distance between casks can do little impact on heat removal of cask in a practical view

  19. Simplified computer codes for cask impact analysis

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    In regard to the evaluation of the acceleration and deformation of casks, the simplified computer codes make analyses economical and decrease input and calculation time. The results obtained by the simplified computer codes have enough adequacy for their practical use. (J.P.N.)

  20. Concrete Shield Performance of the VSC-17 Spent Nuclear Fuel Cask

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    In 2003, representatives from the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI) requested development of a project with the objective of determining the performance of a concrete spent nuclear fuel storage cask. Radiation and environmental effects may cause chemical alteration of the concrete that could result in excessive cracking, spalling, and loss of compressive strength. The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) project team and CRIEPI representatives identified the Ventilated Storage Cask (VSC-17) spent nuclear fuel storage cask as a candidate to study cask performance, because it had been used to store fuel as part of a dry cask storage demonstration project for more than 15 years. The project involved investigating the properties of the concrete shield. INL performed a survey of the cask in the summers of 2003 and 2004. Preliminary cask evaluations performed in 2003 indicated that the cask has no visual degradation. However, a 4-5 mrem/hr step-change in the radiation levels about halfway up the cask and a localized hot spot beneath an upper air vent indicate that there may be variability in the density of the concrete or localized cracking. In 2005, INL and CRIEPI scientists performed additional surveys on the VSC-17 cask. This document summarizes the methods used on the VSC-17 to evaluate the cask for compressive strength, concrete cracking, concrete thickness, and temperature distribution

  1. Surface storage cask test summarization report

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    From December 1978 to September 1982, as part of DOE's Spent Fuel Handling and Packaging Program and Commercial Waste and Spent Fuel Packaging Program, a pressurized water reactor (PWR) spent nuclear fuel assembly with an initial decay heat level of approximately 1.0 kilowatt (kW) was emplaced in a concrete cask at the Engine Maintenance, Assembly and Disassembly (E-MAD) facility in Area 25 of the Nevada Test Site. Temperatures were monitored during the emplacement period to determine the thermal response of the cask, the canister, and the fuel assembly. During and following the test, the atmosphere of the canister containing the fuel assembly was sampled to determine if fission product gases had been released by the fuel assembly. This 45-month Surface Storage Cask (SSC) test was the first demonstration of interim storage of a PWR spent fuel assembly in a dry storage cask. The receipt, handling, packaging, emplacement and retrieval operations have been demonstrated as directly applicable to similar operations in federal interim storage and repository related activities. 7 references, 35 figures, 7 tables

  2. Comparative economics for DUCRETE spent fuel storage cask handling, transportation, and capital requirements

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    This report summarizes economic differences between a DUCRETE spent nuclear fuel storage cask and a conventional concrete storage cask in the areas of handling, transportation, and capital requirements. The DUCRETE cask is under evaluation as a new technology that could substantially reduce the overall costs of spent fuel and depleted U disposal. DUCRETE incorporates depleted U in a Portland cement mixture and functions as the cask's primary radiation barrier. The cask system design includes insertion of the US DOE Multi-Purpose Canister inside the DUCRETE cask. The economic comparison is from the time a cask is loaded in a spent fuel pool until it is placed in the repository and includes the utility and overall US system perspectives

  3. Overview of research and development of metal cask for transport and storage of spent nuclear fuel in Japan

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    The paper overviews experimental studies of dual-purpose metal casks carried out in Japan. Full-scale casks were dropped onto a reinforced concrete target simulating hypothetical accidental drop during handling procedure in a storage facility. In some cases, leakage from the primary lid was detected, but no leakage from the secondary lid. A heavy weight drop test was carried out onto a full-scale cask simulating hypothetical collapse of a storage building due to earthquake, etc. The cask maintained its integrity. A full-scale cask was covered with a thermal insulator simulating a hypothetical burial by debris due to a building collapse in earthquake, etc. Some components might need to be recovered from the debris before reaching their critical temperature. A scale-model of a cask was subjected to seismic motion on a shaking table simulating an earthquake. The cask was rocking more for an earthquake with longer wavelength. Long-term containment of metal gaskets in double lid structure of casks has been tested with full-scale lid model. Transportability of cask after long-term storage was tested simulating degradation of cask components. Effects of aging of cask body metal, basket metal, seal and neutron shielding materials were investigated. With those degradations, cask performance in terms of shielding, sub-criticality, heat removal and containment were investigated. (author)

  4. FACSIM/MRS-1: Cask receiving and consolidation performance assessment

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    A simulation analysis was completed to assess the performance of the shipping cask receiving and spent-fuel handling, consolidation and canistering operations of the Monitored Retrievable Storage (MRS) facility. One purpose of this evaluation was to estimate the limits of MRS operational capabilities and factors leading to those limitations. The model used to obtain the performance assessment, FACSIM/MRS-1, is one of two components of the FACSIM model developed by PNL's simulation effort for the nuclear waste-handling facility. FACSIM/MRS-1 provides the user with information about lag-storage requirements, machine use, cask queues, welder queues, and cask process and cask turnaround times. The model can help determine the effect that the following activities have on operating efficiency: (1) receiving multiple cask shipments, when rail-cask or truck-cask shipments arrive at the facility in groups of two or more, and (2) operating the facility five days per week, three shifts per day or seven days per week, three shifts per day for any conditions. In addition, sensitivity to equipment failure frequency and the time needed for equipment repair can be studied. Information on the above operating characteristics may be obtained for any spent-fuel rate, any split of shipments between truck and rail transport, or any split of boiling water reactor/pressurized water reactor fuel

  5. Cask containing method for spent fuel assembly and subcriticality measuring device for a cask containing system

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    An area for a spent fuel storage pool is sectioned into an ordinary rack area for disposing spent fuel assemblies taken out from a reactor core and a preliminary storage rack area having the same constitution as a cask for containing spent fuel assemblies. Preceding to cask-containment, the spent fuel assemblies are temporarily transferred once in the preliminary storing rack area from the ordinary rack area to ensure subcriticality and then contained in casks. In addition, those fuels having a higher burn-up degree are disposed coaxially to the central portion and those having not higher burn-up degree are disposed at the outer circumferential portion. The spent fuel assemblies can surely be contained in the casks, or the process of containing the spent fuel assemblies to the casks or the subcriticality after the containment can be evaluated thereby capable of further ensuring the subcriticality. The spent fuel assemblies can be transferred or stored safely and reliably at a good efficiency. (N.H.)

  6. GA-4/GA-9 legal weight truck from reactor spent fuel shipping casks

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    This Preliminary Design Report presents the results of General Atomics' (GA) preliminary design effort to develop legal weight truck From-Reactor Spent Fuel Shipping Casks. The report consists of a design description, preliminary drawings, and the results of the structural, thermal, containment and nuclear evaluations that support the design. Also included are the results of trade-off studies in which we considered the effect of changing several basic parameters on our baseline design as required by the contract. Our engineering test program supports the selection of the neutron shield material and the honeycomb impact limiter design. The design report also includes preliminary drawings and a structural analysis of a semitrailer designed specifically for the GA-4 cask. 24 figs., 1 tab

  7. IMPACT ANALYSIS OF SPENT FUEL DRY CASKS UNDER ACCIDENTAL DROP SCENARIOS

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    A series of analyses were performed to assess the structural response of spent nuclear fuel dry casks subjected to various handling and on-site transfer events. The results of these analyses are being used by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to perform a probabilistic risk assessment (PRA). Although the PRA study is being performed for a specific nuclear plant, the PRA study is also intended to provide a framework for a general methodology that could also be applied to other dry cask systems at other nuclear plants. The dry cask system consists of a transfer cask, used for handling and moving the multi-purpose canister OLIIpC that contains the fuel, and a storage cask, used to store the MPC and fuel on a concrete pad at the site. This paper describes the analyses of the casks for two loading events. The first loading consists of dropping the transfer cask while it is lowered by a crane to a concrete floor at ground elevation. The second loading consists of dropping the storage cask while it is being transferred to the concrete storage pad outdoors. Three dimensional finite element models of the transfer cask and storage cask, containing the MPC and fuel, were utilized to perform the drop analyses. These models were combined with finite element models of the target structures being impacted. The transfer cask drop analyses considered various drop heights for the cask impacting the reinforced concrete floor at ground level. The finite element model of the target included a section of the concrete floor and concrete wall supporting the floor. The storage cask drop analyses evaluated a 30.5 cm (12 in.) drop of the cask impacting three different surfaces: reinforced concrete, asphalt, and gravel

  8. Impact analysis of spent fuel dry casks under accidental drop scenarios

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    A series of analyses were performed to assess the structural response of spent nuclear fuel dry casks subjected to various handling and on-site transfer events. The results of these analyses are being used by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to perform a probabilistic risk assessment (PRA). Although the PRA study is being performed for a specific nuclear plant, the PRA study is also intended to provide a framework for a general methodology that could also be applied to other dry cask systems at other nuclear plants. The dry cask system consists of a transfer cask, used for handling and moving the multi-purpose canister (MPC) that contains the fuel, and a storage cask, used to store the MPC and fuel on a concrete pad at the site. This paper describes the analyses of the casks for two loading events. The first loading consists of dropping the transfer cask while it is lowered by a crane to a concrete floor at ground elevation. The second loading consists of dropping the storage cask while it is being transferred to the concrete storage pad outdoors. Three dimensional finite element models of the transfer cask and storage cask, containing the MPC and fuel, were utilized to perform the drop analyses. These models were combined with finite element models of the target structures being impacted. The transfer cask drop analyses considered various drop heights for the cask impacting the reinforced concrete floor at ground level. The finite element model of the target included a section of the concrete floor and concrete wall supporting the floor. The storage cask drop analyses evaluated a 30.5 cm (12 in.) drop of the cask impacting three different surfaces: reinforced concrete, asphalt, and gravel. (author)

  9. Safety margins of spent fuel transport and storage casks considering aircraft crash impacts

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    The safety of spent fuel transport casks in severe accident conditions is always a matter of concern. This paper surveys German missile impact tests that have been carried out in the past to demonstrate that German cask designs for transport and interim storage are safe even under conditions of an aircraft crash impact. A fire test with a cask beside an exploding propane vessel and temperature calculations concerning prolonged fires also show that the casks have reasonably good safety margins in thermal accidents beyond regulatory fire test conditions. (author)

  10. Viability of Existing INL Facilities for Dry Storage Cask Handling

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    Randy Bohachek; Charles Park; Bruce Wallace; Phil Winston; Steve Marschman

    2013-04-01

    This report evaluates existing capabilities at the INL to determine if a practical and cost effective method could be developed for opening and handling full-sized dry storage casks. The Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC) CPP-603, Irradiated Spent Fuel Storage Facility, provides the infrastructure to support handling and examining casks and their contents. Based on a reasonable set of assumptions, it is possible to receive, open, inspect, remove samples, close, and reseal large bolted-lid dry storage casks at the INL. The capability can also be used to open and inspect casks that were last examined at the TAN Hot Shop over ten years ago. The Castor V/21 and REA-2023 casks can provide additional confirmatory information regarding the extended performance of low-burnup (<45 GWD/MTU) used nuclear fuel. Once a dry storage cask is opened inside CPP-603, used fuel retrieved from the cask can be packaged in a shipping cask, and sent to a laboratory for testing. Testing at the INL’s Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) can occur starting with shipment of samples from CPP-603 over an on-site road, avoiding the need to use public highways. This reduces cost and reduces the risk to the public. The full suite of characterization methods needed to establish the condition of the fuel exists and MFC. Many other testing capabilities also exist at MFC, but when those capabilities are not adequate, samples can be prepared and shipped to other laboratories for testing. This report discusses how the casks would be handled, what work needs to be done to ready the facilities/capabilities, and what the work will cost.

  11. Viability of Existing INL Facilities for Dry Storage Cask Handling

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    Bohachek, Randy; Wallace, Bruce; Winston, Phil; Marschman, Steve

    2013-04-30

    This report evaluates existing capabilities at the INL to determine if a practical and cost effective method could be developed for opening and handling full-sized dry storage casks. The Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC) CPP-603, Irradiated Spent Fuel Storage Facility, provides the infrastructure to support handling and examining casks and their contents. Based on a reasonable set of assumptions, it is possible to receive, open, inspect, remove samples, close, and reseal large bolted-lid dry storage casks at the INL. The capability can also be used to open and inspect casks that were last examined at the TAN Hot Shop over ten years ago. The Castor V/21 and REA-2023 casks can provide additional confirmatory information regarding the extended performance of low-burnup (<45 GWD/MTU) used nuclear fuel. Once a dry storage cask is opened inside CPP-603, used fuel retrieved from the cask can be packaged in a shipping cask, and sent to a laboratory for testing. Testing at the INL’s Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) can occur starting with shipment of samples from CPP-603 over an on-site road, avoiding the need to use public highways. This reduces cost and reduces the risk to the public. The full suite of characterization methods needed to establish the condition of the fuel exists and MFC. Many other testing capabilities also exist at MFC, but when those capabilities are not adequate, samples can be prepared and shipped to other laboratories for testing. This report discusses how the casks would be handled, what work needs to be done to ready the facilities/capabilities, and what the work will cost.

  12. Cask development, testing, and licensing

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    The NuPac 125-B Rail Cask was developed to provide a safe means of transporting the damaged core of Three Mile Island Unit 2 from the TMI site at Middletown, PA, to the Idaho National Engineering laboratory (INEL) at Idaho Falls, ID. The development of the NuPac 125-B Rail Cask posed two engineering and technical management challenges; Licensing Strategy - The NuPac 125-B Rail Cask represented the first irradiated fuel rail cask developed within the United States in the past decade, a decade characterized by changing nuclear regulations, and Accelerated Schedule - The TMI-2 defueling schedule demanded a cask development schedule one-third as long as normally required. These challenges governed the overall development and licensing process for the cask. First, a high degree of conservation was incorporated into the design to allow quick, simplified demonstrations of adequacy to regulatory staff. Second, redundant design techniques were employed in all areas of uncertainty. The testing program eliminated performance uncertainties and validated predictions and predictive models. Drop tests of a quarter-scale model of the cask were conducted, and results were correlated with analytic predictions to verify structural and mechanical performance of the cask. Full-scale tests of the canisters were conducted to verify structural behavior of canister internals which provide criticality control. This paper describes the testing program for the NuPac 125-B Rail Cask, presents results therefrom, and correlates findings with Regulation 10 CFR 71 of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

  13. SLI Thermal Imaging Requirements Evaluation

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    Hoffman, E. H.; Woody, L. M.; Wirth, S. M.; Smith, D. S.

    2015-12-01

    The Landsat program has provided a continuous record of global terrestrial imagery since 1972. This data record is an invaluable resource for determining long term trends and monitoring rates of change in land usage, forest health, water quality, and glacier retreat. In 2014, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), supported by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), initiated the sustainable land imaging (SLI) architecture study to develop an affordable system design for acquiring future terrestrial imagery compatible with the existing Landsat data record. The principal objective has been to leverage recent advances in focal plane technologies to enable smaller, lower-cost instruments and launch options. We present an evaluation of the trade space implied by the SLI thermal imaging requirements as well as the performance potential of enabling technologies. Multiple approaches, each incorporating measured performance data for state-of-the-art detectors, are investigated to simultaneously optimize instrument mass and volume, spatial response, radiometric sensitivity, and radiometric uncertainty.

  14. Issues related to the transport of a transportable storage cask after storage

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    An evaluation was performed to assess whether the reliability of a transportable storage cask system and the risks associated with its use are comparable to those associated with existing transport cask systems and, if they are not, determine how the transportable storage cask system can be made as reliable as existing systems. Reliability and failure mode analyses of both transport-only casks and transportable storage casks and implementation options are compared. Current knowledge regarding the potential effects of a long-term dry storage environment on spent fuel and cask materials is reviewed. A summary assessment of the consideration for deploying a transportable storage cask (TSC) system with emphasis on preliminary design, validation and operational recommendations for TSC implementations is presented. The analyses conclude that a transportable storage cask can likely be shipped upopened by applying a combination of design considerations and operational constraints, including environmental monitoring and pretransport assessments of functional reliability of the cask. A proper mix of these constraints should yield risk parity with any existing transport cask

  15. Safety analysis report for packaging: the ORNL HFIR spent-fuel-element shipping cask

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    Evans, J.H.; Chipley, K.K.; Eversole, R.E.; Just, R.A.; Llewellyn, G.H.

    1977-11-01

    The Oak Ridge National Laboratory High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) spent-fuel-element shipping cask is used to transport HFIR, Oak Ridge Research Reactor (ORR), and other reactor fuel elements. The cask was analytically evaluated to determine its compliance with the applicable regulations governing containers in which radioactive materials are transported. Computational procedures and tests were used to determine behavior of the cask relative to the general standards for the hypothetical accident conditions. The results of the evaluation show that the cask is in compliance with the applicable regulations.

  16. Design analysis report for the TN-WHC cask and transportation system

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    Brisbin, S.A., Fluor Daniel Hanford

    1997-02-13

    This document presents the evaluation of the Spent Nuclear Fuel Cask and Transportation System. The system design was developed by Transnuclear, Inc. and its team members NAC International, Nelson Manufacturing, Precision Components Corporation, and Numatec, Inc. The cask is designated the TN-WHC cask. This report describes the design features and presents preliminary analyses performed to size critical dimensions of the system while meeting the requirements of the performance specification.

  17. A new type-B cask design for transporting 252Cf

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    A project to design, certify, and build a new US Department of Energy (DOE) Type B container for transporting >5 mg of 252Cf is more than halfway to completion. This project was necessitated by the fact that the existing Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Type B containers were designed and built many years ago and thus do not have the records and supporting data that current regulations require. Once the new cask is available, it will replace the existing Type B containers. The cask design is driven by the unique properties of 252Cf, which is a very intense spontaneous fission neutron source and necessitates a large amount of neutron shielding. The cask is designed to contain up to 60 mg of 252Cf in the form of californium oxide or californium oxysulfate, in pellet, wire, or sintered material forms that are sealed inside small special-form capsules. The new cask will be capable of all modes of transport (land, sea, and air). The ORNL team, composed of technical and purchasing personnel and using rigorous selection criteria, chose NAC, International (NAC), as the subcontractor for the project. In January 1997, NAC started work on developing the conceptual design and performing the analyses. The original design concept was for a tungsten alloy gamma shield surrounded by two concentric shells of NS-4-FR neutron shield material. A visit to US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) regulators in November 1997 to present the conceptual design for their comments resulted in a design modification when the question of potential straight-line cracking in the NS-4-FR neutron shield material arose. NAC's modified design includes offset, wedgelike segments of the neutron shield material. The new geometry eliminates concerns about straight-line cracking but increases the weight of the packaging and makes the fabrication more complex. NAC has now completed the cask design and performed the analyses (shielding, structural, thermal, etc.) necessary to certify the cask. The cask

  18. Analysis technology on the thick plate free drop impact of the cask for radioactive material transport

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    The package used to transport radioactive materials, which is called by cask, must maintain the structural integrity for the requirements of hypothetical accident conditions, 9m free drop of the thick plate impact. These requirements for the cask design should be verified through test or finite element analysis to confirm the regulatory guide. In this paper, three dimensional impact analysis using ABAQUS/Explicit code under 9m free drop of the thick plate impact condition for the KSC-4 cask is performed. As the results, maximum stress intensity on each part of the cask and deformation shape of the cask is calculated and the structural intensity of the cask is evaluated by NRC Regulatory Guides. (orig.)

  19. Shielding analysis of dual purpose casks for spent nuclear fuel under normal storage conditions

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    Korea expects a shortage in storage capacity for spent fuels at reactor sites. Therefore, a need for more metal and/or concrete casks for storage systems is anticipated for either the reactor site or away from the reactor for interim storage. For the purpose of interim storage and transportation, a dual purpose metal cask that can load 21 spent fuel assemblies is being developed by Korea Radioactive Waste Management Corporation (KRMC) in Korea. At first the gamma and neutron flux for the design basis fuel were determined assuming in-core environment (the temperature, pressure, etc. of the moderator, boron, cladding, UO2 pellets) in which the design basis fuel is loaded, as input data. The evaluation simulated burnup up to 45,000 MWD/MTU and decay during ten years of cooling using the SAS2H/OGIGEN-S module of the SCALE5.1 system. The results from the source term evaluation were used as input data for the final shielding evaluation utilizing the MCNP Code, which yielded the effective dose rate. The design of the cask is based on the safety requirements for normal storage conditions under 10 CFR Part 72. A radiation shielding analysis of the metal storage cask optimized for loading 21 design basis fuels was performed for two cases; one for a single cask and the other for a 2 x 10 cask array. For the single cask, dose rates at the external surface of the metal cask, 1m and 2m away from the cask surface, were evaluated. For the 2 x 10 cask array, dose rates at the center point of the array and at the center of the casks' height were evaluated. The results of the shielding analysis for the single cask show that dose rates were considerably higher at the lower side (from the bottom of the cask to the bottom of the neutron shielding) of the cask, at over 2mSv/hr at the external surface of the cask. However, this is not considered to be a significant issue since additional shielding will be installed at the storage facility. The shielding analysis results for the 2 x

  20. Geometric feasibility of flexible cask transportation system for ITER

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    Lima, P.; Ribeiro, M.I.; Aparicio, P. [Instituto Superior Tecnico-Instituto de Sistemas e Robotica, Lisboa (Portugal)

    1998-07-01

    One of the remote operations that has to be carried out in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) is the transportation of sealed casks between the various ports of the Tokamak Building (TB) and the Hot Cell Building (HCB). The casks may contain different in-vessel components (e.g. blanket modules, divertors) and are designed for a maximum load of about 80 ton. To improve the safety and flexibility of ITER Remote Handling (RH) transport vehicles, the cask is not motorized by itself, but instead, a motorized platform carrying the cask was proposed. This paper addresses the geometric feasibility of the flexible cask transportation system, taking into account the vehicle kinematics. The feasibility issues studied include planning smooth paths to increase safety, the discussion of building constraints by the evaluation of the vehicle spanned areas when following a planned path, and the analysis of the clearance required to remove the platform from underneath the cask at different possible failure locations. Simulation results are presented for the recommended trajectory, the spanned area and the rescue manoeuvres at critical locations along the path. (authors)

  1. Geometric feasibility of flexible cask transportation system for ITER

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    One of the remote operations that has to be carried out in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) is the transportation of sealed casks between the various ports of the Tokamak Building (TB) and the Hot Cell Building (HCB). The casks may contain different in-vessel components (e.g. blanket modules, divertors) and are designed for a maximum load of about 80 ton. To improve the safety and flexibility of ITER Remote Handling (RH) transport vehicles, the cask is not motorized by itself, but instead, a motorized platform carrying the cask was proposed. This paper addresses the geometric feasibility of the flexible cask transportation system, taking into account the vehicle kinematics. The feasibility issues studied include planning smooth paths to increase safety, the discussion of building constraints by the evaluation of the vehicle spanned areas when following a planned path, and the analysis of the clearance required to remove the platform from underneath the cask at different possible failure locations. Simulation results are presented for the recommended trajectory, the spanned area and the rescue manoeuvres at critical locations along the path. (authors)

  2. Inspection of Used Fuel Dry Storage Casks

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    Dennis C. Kunerth; Tim McJunkin; Mark McKay; Sasan Bakhtiari

    2012-09-01

    ABSTRACT The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) regulates the storage of used nuclear fuel, which is now and will be increasingly placed in dry storage systems. Since a final disposition pathway is not defined, the fuel is expected to be maintained in dry storage well beyond the time frame originally intended. Due to knowledge gaps regarding the viability of current dry storage systems for long term use, efforts are underway to acquire the technical knowledge and tools required to understand the issues and verify the integrity of the dry storage system components. This report summarizes the initial efforts performed by researchers at Idaho National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory to identify and evaluate approaches to in-situ inspection dry storage casks. This task is complicated by the design of the current storage systems that severely restrict access to the casks.

  3. Evaluation of impact limiter performance during end-on and slapdown drop tests of a one-third scale model storage/transport cask system

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    This report describes drop testing of a one-third scale model shipping cask system. Two casks were designed and fabricated by Transnuclear, Inc., to ship spent fuel from the former Nuclear Fuel Services West Valley reprocessing facility in New York to the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory for a long-term spent fuel dry storage demonstration project. As part of the NRC's regulatory certification process, one-third scale model tests were performed to obtain experimental data on impact limiter performance during impact testing. The objectives of the testing program were to (1) obtain deceleration and displacement information for the cask and impact limiter system, (2) obtain dynamic force-displacement data for the impact limiters, (3) verify the integrity of the impact limiter retention system, and (4) examine the crush behavior of the limiters. Two 30-ft (9-m) drop tests were conducted on a mass model of the cask body and scaled balsa and redwood-filled impact limiters. This report describes the results of both tests in terms of measured decelerations, posttest deformation measurements, and the general structural response of the system. 3 refs., 32 figs

  4. Impact of an exploding LPG rail tank car onto a CASTOR spent fuel cask

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    On 27 April 1999 a fire test was performed with a 45 m3 rail tank car partially filled with 10 m3 pressurised liquid propane. A CASTOR THTR/AVR spent fuel transport cask was positioned beside the propane tank as to suffer maximum damage from any explosion. About 17 min after fire ignition the propane tank ruptured. This resulted in a BLEVE with an expanding fireball, heat radiation, explosion overpressure, and tank fragments projected towards the cask. This imposed severe mechanical and thermal impacts directly onto the CASTOR cask, moving it 17 m from its original position. This involved rotation of the cask with the lid end travelling 10 m before it crashed into the ground. Post-test investigations of the CASTOR cask demonstrated that no loss of leaktightness or containment and shielding integrity occurred. (author)

  5. Contract Report for Usage Inspection of KN-12 Transport Cask

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    Lee, J. C.; Seo, K. S.; Bang, K. S.; Cho, I. J.; Kim, D. H.; Min, D. K

    2007-03-15

    The usage inspection of the KN-12 spent nuclear fuel transport package was performed to receive the license for reuse. According to the Korea Atomic Energy Act, all type B transport package should receive and pass the usage inspection every five years. The KN-12 transport cask was designed to transport twelve spent PWR fuel assemblies under wet and dry conditions. The cask was developed and licensed in 2002 in accordance with the Korea and the IAEA's safe transport regulations. The areas of usage inspection include: visual inspection, nondestructive weld inspection, load test, maximum operating pressure test, leakage test, shielding test, thermal test, external surface contamination test. In the results of the usage inspection, the damage or defect could not found out and the performance of the cask was maintained according to the requirements of the regulation. Therefore, the usage inspection was successfully performed to acquire the license for the reuse.

  6. Cask fleet operations study

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    1988-01-01

    The Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 assigned to the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Civilian Waste Management the responsibility for disposing of high-level waste and spent fuel. A significant part of that responsibility involves transporting nuclear waste materials within the federal waste management system; that is, from the waste generator to the repository. The lead responsibility for transportation operations has been assigned to Oak Ridge Operations, with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) providing technical support through the Transportation Operations Support Task Group. One of the ORNL support activities involves assessing what facilities, equipment and services are required to assure that an acceptable, cost-effective and safe transportation operations system can be designed, operated and maintained. This study reviews, surveys and assesses the experience of Nuclear Assurance Corporation (NAC) in operating a fleet of spent-fuel shipping casks to aid in developing the spent-fuel transportation system.

  7. Cask fleet operations study

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    The Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 assigned to the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Civilian Waste Management the responsibility for disposing of high-level waste and spent fuel. A significant part of that responsibility involves transporting nuclear waste materials within the federal waste management system; that is, from the waste generator to the repository. The lead responsibility for transportation operations has been assigned to Oak Ridge Operations, with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) providing technical support through the Transportation Operations Support Task Group. One of the ORNL support activities involves assessing what facilities, equipment and services are required to assure that an acceptable, cost-effective and safe transportation operations system can be designed, operated and maintained. This study reviews, surveys and assesses the experience of Nuclear Assurance Corporation (NAC) in operating a fleet of spent-fuel shipping casks to aid in developing the spent-fuel transportation system

  8. Characteristics and fabrication of cermet spent nuclear fuel casks: ceramic particles embedded in steel

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    Cermets are being investigated as an advanced material of construction for casks that can be used for storage, transport, or disposal of spent nuclear fuel (SNF). Cermets, which consist of ceramic particles embedded in steel, are a method to incorporate brittle ceramics with highly desirable properties into a strong ductile metal matrix with a high thermal conductivity, thus combining the best properties of both materials. Traditional applications of cermets include tank armor, vault armor, drill bits, and nuclear test-reactor fuel. Cermets with different ceramics (DUO2, Al2O3, Gd2O3, etc.) are being investigated for the manufacture of SNF casks. Cermet casks offer four potential benefits: greater capacity (more SNF assemblies) for the same gross weight cask, greater capacity (more SNF assemblies) for the same external dimensions, improved resistance to assault, and superior repository performance. These benefits are achieved by varying the composition, volume fraction, and particulate size of the ceramic particles in the cermet with position in the cask body. Addition of depleted uranium dioxide (DUO2) to the cermet increases shielding density, improves shielding effectiveness, and increases cask capacity for a given cask weight or size. Addition of low-density aluminium oxide (Al2O3) to the outer top and bottom sections of the cermet cask, where the radiation levels are lower, can lower cask weight without compromising shielding. The use of Al2O3 and other oxides, in appropriate locations, can increase resistance to assault. Repository performance may be improved by compositional control of the cask body to (1) create a local geochemical environment that slows the long-term degradation of the SNF and (2) enables the use of DUO2 for longterm criticality control. While the benefits of using cermets follow directly from their known properties, the primary challenge is to develop low-cost methods to fabricate casks with variable cermet compositions as a function of

  9. Characteristics and fabrication of cermet spent nuclear fuel casks: ceramic particles embedded in steel

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    Forsberg, C.W.; Swaney, P.M.; Tiegs, T.N. [Oak Ridge National Lab., Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2004-07-01

    Cermets are being investigated as an advanced material of construction for casks that can be used for storage, transport, or disposal of spent nuclear fuel (SNF). Cermets, which consist of ceramic particles embedded in steel, are a method to incorporate brittle ceramics with highly desirable properties into a strong ductile metal matrix with a high thermal conductivity, thus combining the best properties of both materials. Traditional applications of cermets include tank armor, vault armor, drill bits, and nuclear test-reactor fuel. Cermets with different ceramics (DUO{sub 2}, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}, etc.) are being investigated for the manufacture of SNF casks. Cermet casks offer four potential benefits: greater capacity (more SNF assemblies) for the same gross weight cask, greater capacity (more SNF assemblies) for the same external dimensions, improved resistance to assault, and superior repository performance. These benefits are achieved by varying the composition, volume fraction, and particulate size of the ceramic particles in the cermet with position in the cask body. Addition of depleted uranium dioxide (DUO{sub 2}) to the cermet increases shielding density, improves shielding effectiveness, and increases cask capacity for a given cask weight or size. Addition of low-density aluminium oxide (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) to the outer top and bottom sections of the cermet cask, where the radiation levels are lower, can lower cask weight without compromising shielding. The use of Al2O3 and other oxides, in appropriate locations, can increase resistance to assault. Repository performance may be improved by compositional control of the cask body to (1) create a local geochemical environment that slows the long-term degradation of the SNF and (2) enables the use of DUO{sub 2} for longterm criticality control. While the benefits of using cermets follow directly from their known properties, the primary challenge is to develop low-cost methods to fabricate

  10. Implications of the Baltimore Rail Tunnel Fire for Full-Scale Testing of Shipping Casks

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    Halstead, R. J.; Dilger, F.

    2003-02-25

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) does not currently require full-scale physical testing of shipping casks as part of its certification process. Stakeholders have long urged NRC to require full-scale testing as part of certification. NRC is currently preparing a full-scale casktesting proposal as part of the Package Performance Study (PPS) that grew out of the NRC reexamination of the Modal Study. The State of Nevada and Clark County remain committed to the position that demonstration testing would not be an acceptable substitute for a combination of full-scale testing, scale-model tests, and computer simulation of each new cask design prior to certification. Based on previous analyses of cask testing issues, and on preliminary findings regarding the July 2001 Baltimore rail tunnel fire, the authors recommend that NRC prioritize extra-regulatory thermal testing of a large rail cask and the GA-4 truck cask under the PPS. The specific fire conditions and other aspects of the full-scale extra-regulatory tests recommended for the PPS are yet to be determined. NRC, in consultation with stakeholders, must consider past real-world accidents and computer simulations to establish temperature failure thresholds for cask containment and fuel cladding. The cost of extra-regulatory thermal testing is yet to be determined. The minimum cost for regulatory thermal testing of a legal-weight truck cask would likely be $3.3-3.8 million.

  11. Implications of the Baltimore Rail Tunnel Fire for Full-Scale Testing of Shipping Casks

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    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) does not currently require full-scale physical testing of shipping casks as part of its certification process. Stakeholders have long urged NRC to require full-scale testing as part of certification. NRC is currently preparing a full-scale casktesting proposal as part of the Package Performance Study (PPS) that grew out of the NRC reexamination of the Modal Study. The State of Nevada and Clark County remain committed to the position that demonstration testing would not be an acceptable substitute for a combination of full-scale testing, scale-model tests, and computer simulation of each new cask design prior to certification. Based on previous analyses of cask testing issues, and on preliminary findings regarding the July 2001 Baltimore rail tunnel fire, the authors recommend that NRC prioritize extra-regulatory thermal testing of a large rail cask and the GA-4 truck cask under the PPS. The specific fire conditions and other aspects of the full-scale extra-regulatory tests recommended for the PPS are yet to be determined. NRC, in consultation with stakeholders, must consider past real-world accidents and computer simulations to establish temperature failure thresholds for cask containment and fuel cladding. The cost of extra-regulatory thermal testing is yet to be determined. The minimum cost for regulatory thermal testing of a legal-weight truck cask would likely be $3.3-3.8 million

  12. CASKETSS-DYNA2D: a nonlinear impact analysis computer program for nuclear fuel transport casks in two dimensional geometries

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    A nonlinear impact analysis computer program DYNA2D, which was developed by Hallquist, has been introduced from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for the purpose of using impact analysis of nuclear fuel transport casks. DYNA2D has been built in CASKETSS code system (CASKETSS means a modular code system for CASK Evaluation code system for Thermal and Structural Safety). Main features of DYNA2D are as follows; (1) This program has been programmed to provide near optimal speed on vector processing computers. (2) An explicit time integration method is used for fast calculation. (3) Many material models are available in the program. (4) A contact-impact algorithm permits gap and sliding along structural interfaces. (5) A rezoner has been embedded in the program. (6) The graphic program for representations of calculation is provided. In the paper, brief illustration of calculation method, input data and sample calculations are presented. (author)

  13. Human Thermal Model Evaluation Using the JSC Human Thermal Database

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    Bue, Grant; Makinen, Janice; Cognata, Thomas

    2012-01-01

    Human thermal modeling has considerable long term utility to human space flight. Such models provide a tool to predict crew survivability in support of vehicle design and to evaluate crew response in untested space environments. It is to the benefit of any such model not only to collect relevant experimental data to correlate it against, but also to maintain an experimental standard or benchmark for future development in a readily and rapidly searchable and software accessible format. The Human thermal database project is intended to do just so; to collect relevant data from literature and experimentation and to store the data in a database structure for immediate and future use as a benchmark to judge human thermal models against, in identifying model strengths and weakness, to support model development and improve correlation, and to statistically quantify a model s predictive quality. The human thermal database developed at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) is intended to evaluate a set of widely used human thermal models. This set includes the Wissler human thermal model, a model that has been widely used to predict the human thermoregulatory response to a variety of cold and hot environments. These models are statistically compared to the current database, which contains experiments of human subjects primarily in air from a literature survey ranging between 1953 and 2004 and from a suited experiment recently performed by the authors, for a quantitative study of relative strength and predictive quality of the models.

  14. The thermal analysis of BR-100: A barge/rail nuclear spent fuel transportation container

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    B ampersand W Fuel Company is designing a spent-fuel container called BR-100 that can be used for either barge or rail transport. This paper presents the thermal design and analysis. Both normal operation and hypothetical accident thermal transient conditions are evaluated. The BR-100 cask has a concrete layer than contains free water. During a hypothetical accident, the free water vaporizes and flows from the cask, removing a significant amount of thermal transient energy. The BR-100 transportation package meets the thermal requirements of 10CFR71. It additionally offers substantial margins to established material temperature limits

  15. The evaluation of thermal hotels' online reviews

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    BERTAN, Serkan; Bayram, Murat; Benzergil, Nisan

    2015-01-01

    The main objective of this study was to evaluate the perceptions related to the online user reviews of thermal hotels. Specifically, it was investigated whether perceptions towards value (V), location (L), sleep quality (SQ), rooms (R), cleanliness (C), service (S) and factors influencing general evaluation depend on the star numbers of hotels, the location of the hotels and the nationalities of participants. In order to obtain data on perceptions of consumers towards thermal hotels in Turkey...

  16. A robotic system to conduct radiation and contamination surveys on nuclear waste transport casks

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    Harrigan, R.W.; Sanders, T.L.

    1990-06-01

    The feasibility of performing, numerous spent fuel cask operations using fully integrated robotic systems is under evaluation. Using existing technology, operational and descriptive software and hardware in the form of robotic end effectors are being designed in conjunction with interfacing cask components. A robotic radiation and contamination survey system has been developed and used on mock-up cask hardware to evaluate the impact of such fully automated operations on cask design features and productivity. Based on experience gained from the survey system, numerous health physics operations can be reliably performed with little human intervention using a fully automated system. Such operations can also significantly reduce time requirements for cask-receiving operations. 7 refs., 51 figs., 6 tabs.

  17. A robotic system to conduct radiation and contamination surveys on nuclear waste transport casks

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    The feasibility of performing, numerous spent fuel cask operations using fully integrated robotic systems is under evaluation. Using existing technology, operational and descriptive software and hardware in the form of robotic end effectors are being designed in conjunction with interfacing cask components. A robotic radiation and contamination survey system has been developed and used on mock-up cask hardware to evaluate the impact of such fully automated operations on cask design features and productivity. Based on experience gained from the survey system, numerous health physics operations can be reliably performed with little human intervention using a fully automated system. Such operations can also significantly reduce time requirements for cask-receiving operations. 7 refs., 51 figs., 6 tabs

  18. 78 FR 78693 - List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Transnuclear, Inc. Standardized NUHOMS® Cask System

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    2013-12-27

    ... RIN 3150-AJ10 List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Transnuclear, Inc. Standardized NUHOMS Cask... final rule amended the NRC's spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Transnuclear, Inc. Standardized NUHOMS Cask System listing within the ``List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks'' to...

  19. Estimated risk contribution for dry spent fuel storage cask

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    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is pursuing means to risk-inform its regulations and programs for dry storage of spent nuclear fuel. In pursuit of this objective, the NRC will develop safety goals and probabilistic risk assessments for implementing risk-informed programs. This paper provides one example method for calculating the risk of a dry spent fuel storage cask under normal and accident conditions. The example is on the HI-STORM 100 cask at a proposed site containing four thousand such casks. The paper evaluates the risk to the public by determining the likelihood a welded stainless steel container will leak. In addition, the study addresses the risk at a site where 4,000 casks may be stored until the U.S. Department of Energy accepts the casks for placement in a repository. The methods used employ the PRODIGAL computer code to assess the probability of a faulty weld on a stainless steel-welded canister. These analyses are only the initial stages of a comprehensive risk study that the NRC is performing in support of its regulatory initiatives. (author)

  20. Histopathological evaluation of tissue undergoing thermal insult

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    Chaudhary, Minal; Bonde, Dushyant; Patil, Swati; Gawande, Madhuri; Hande, Alka; Jain, Deepali

    2016-01-01

    Context: Thermal insult is the major cause of thermal injury or death and in case of death due to thermal injury the body often has to be recovered from the site. Histologically, one can predict whether the victim was alive or dead when the fire was on going. However, determination of probable cause of thermal insult to which victim subjected to be difficult when the victim's body is found somewhere else from the crime scene or accident site or found alone. Hence, histopathological evaluation of the tissue which has undergone thermal insult in such conditions could help to place evidence in front of law officials, regarding probable condition, or scenario at time of burn of victim. Aims: Keeping this as a criteria in this study we aim to evaluate burnt tissue histopathologically, that undergone various degree of thermal insult, which simulates various real life scenario for mortality in burn cases. Settings and Design: We evaluate the changes in hematoxylin and eosin staining pattern of tissue which has undergone thermal insult compared to normal tissue and also the progressive changes in staining pattern, architectural, and cellular details. Materials and Methods: Samples were taken from the patients, in various surgical procedures. Each sample was cut into five parts with close margins so that each burnt tissue is evaluated for same field or region. The tissue that obtained was immediately subjected to varying degree of temperature over a specific period so as to simulate the various real-life condition. Then the tissues were fixed, processed, and stained with routine H and E staining. The processed slides of tissue were examined under the microscope, and the staining, and architectural changes were evaluated and described. Results: Results show that there was a progressive changes in the architectural pattern of the epithelium and connective tissue showing cleft formation and vacuolization, staining pattern also shows mixing of stains progressively as the

  1. HI-storm dry storage cask tip-over event structural response

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    Current regulations in the United States (10CFR Part 72) allow the power reactor spent fuel and other radioactive materials associated with the spent fuel to be stored at an independent spent fuel storage installation, using a free-standing dry cask storage system, approved by the U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Even though a cask is designed to preclude tip-over during a design basis earthquake event, structural integrity of the cask is required to be evaluated for a non-mechanistic tip-over event. Additionally, a cask may experience a tip-over event at an angular impact velocity greater than during a design basis earthquake event, due to a potential deliberate act of terrorism of a jetliner impact into a cask storage facility. To understand how a cask storage system would perform at angular impact velocities greater than at an impact velocity greater than during an earthquake event, a study was undertaken to examine the behavior of one of the dry cask storage systems (HI-STORM 100) for a tip-over event at various angular impact velocities. Effects of changes in foundation stiffness on the cask responses were also examined. Behavior of the structural integrity of the HI-STORM 100 cask was examined using a finite-element method of analysis in a computer program, ANSYS/LS-DYNA. A detailed model of the foundation and the cask, including the exterior concrete overpack, the multi-purpose canister and the fuel basket with the spent-fuel, was developed for the explicit method of dynamic analysis. The analyses were performed for the cask tip-over impact on a concrete pad foundation at velocities of 1.7 radians/sec to 5.0 radians/sec. Additional analyses were performed for impact velocities of 1.7 radians/sec and 5.0 radians/sec with the foundation stiffness properties changed by ±50 percent. Results of the analyses were evaluated to understand the behavior of the cask, and relationship of the cask response to the impact velocity and the foundation stiffness. This

  2. Seismic Response Analysis of Spent Nuclear Fuel Metal Storage Cask considering Soil- Structure Interaction Effects

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    Baeg, Chang-Yeal; Lee, Kyung-Ho; Lee, Dae-Ki [Nuclear Engineering and Technology Institute, Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co., Ltd., Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Jung, In-Su; Song, Won-Tae; Jin, Han-Uk; Kim, Jong-Soo [KONES, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2008-05-15

    Maintaining of the structure safety for the metal storage cask is important to store spent nuclear fuel under a seismic events. Sliding and overturning behavior must be estimated because the metal cask systems are to be installed as free standing structures on reinforced concrete pads. This behavior can cause a serious problem in the integrity of spent nuclear fuel by the impact between neighboring casks. Also, soil condition should be considered since the cask's behavior is strongly affected by the characteristics of the base soil condition. In this study, the seismic response analysis was carried out in order to evaluate the behavior of the metal storage cask under earthquake envelopment considering Soil-Structure Interaction (SSI) effects.

  3. Evaluation of New Thermally Conductive Geopolymer in Thermal Energy Storage

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    Černý, Matěj; Uhlík, Jan; Nosek, Jaroslav; Lachman, Vladimír; Hladký, Radim; Franěk, Jan; Brož, Milan

    This paper describes an evaluation of a newly developed thermally conductive geopolymer (TCG), consisting of a mixture of sodium silicate and carbon micro-particles. The TCG is intended to be used as a component of high temperature energy storage (HTTES) to improve its thermal diffusivity. Energy storage is crucial for both ecological and economical sustainability. HTTES plays a vital role in solar energy technologies and in waste heat recovery. The most advanced HTTES technologies are based on phase change materials or molten salts, but suffer with economic and technological limitations. Rock or concrete HTTES are cheaper, but they have low thermal conductivity without incorporation of TCG. It was observed that TCG is stable up to 400 °C. The thermal conductivity was measured in range of 20-23 W m-1 K-1. The effect of TCG was tested by heating a granite block with an artificial fissure. One half of the fissure was filled with TCG and the other with ballotini. 28 thermometers, 5 dilatometers and strain sensors were installed on the block. The heat transport experiment was evaluated with COMSOL Multiphysics software.

  4. GNS spent fuel cask experience

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    The Gesellschaft fuer Nuklear-Service mbH (GNS), which is owned by German utilities, is responsible for the management of spent fuel and nuclear waste on behalf of the German utilities operating nuclear power plants. This paper describes the spent reactor fuel and waste shipping and/or storage casks that GNS manufacturers for nuclear facilities in Germany, and worldwide. So far more than 30 different casks have been produced in quantities ranging from one to several hundred of each type. GNS participates in the German Support Program to assist the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in developing verification procedures for dry storage casks containing spent fuel. This activity is also summarized

  5. GNS spent fuel cask experience

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    Weh, R. (Gesellschaft fuer Nuklear-Service mbH, Hannover (Germany))

    1993-05-01

    The Gesellschaft fuer Nuklear-Service mbH (GNS), which is owned by German utilities, is responsible for the management of spent fuel and nuclear waste on behalf of the German utilities operating nuclear power plants. This paper describes the spent reactor fuel and waste shipping and/or storage casks that GNS manufacturers for nuclear facilities in Germany, and worldwide. So far more than 30 different casks have been produced in quantities ranging from one to several hundred of each type. GNS participates in the German Support Program to assist the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in developing verification procedures for dry storage casks containing spent fuel. This activity is also summarized.

  6. Initiatives in transport cask licensing

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    The variations in research reactor fuel form, configuration, irradiation characteristics, and transport cask have required a substantial number of transport cask licensing actions associated with foreign research reactor spent fuel transportation. When compounded by limited time for shipment preparations, due to contract timing or delayed receipt of technical data, the number and timing of certifications has adversely impacted the ability of regulatory agencies to support intended shipping schedules. This issue was brought into focus at a april, 1998 meeting among DOE, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and DOE's spent fuel transportation contractors. (author)

  7. Initiatives in transport cask license

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    Patterson, John [NAC International, Aiken, SC (United States). Foreign Research Reactor Liaison]. E-mail: nacaiken@aol.com

    1998-07-01

    The variations in research reactor fuel form, configuration, irradiation characteristics, and transport cask have required a substantial number of transport cask licensing actions associated with foreign research reactor spent fuel transportation. When compounded by limited time for shipment preparations, due to contract timing or delayed receipt of technical data, the number and timing of certifications has adversely impacted the ability of regulatory agencies to support intended shipping schedules. This issue was brought into focus at a april, 1998 meeting among DOE, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and DOE's spent fuel transportation contractors. (author)

  8. Low-cost/high-integrity waste casks

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    The MOSAIK cast iron casks for storage and transportation of waste have the following advantages: much higher activity content with a lower total volume compared with concrete waste packages; good shielding in connection with automated filling or underwater loading techniques leads to dose exposure reduction of the operating personnel; high cask integrity guarantees a tight containment and makes an additional fixation of the waste in the cask cavity unnecessary; and the low serial production costs of cast iron casks and the resulting volume reduction using these casks lead to a cost advantage under German licensing conditions. 5 figures

  9. CASTORR 1000/19: Development and Design of a New Transport and Storage Cask

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    The design of the new transport and storage cask type CASTORR 1000/19 is presented in this paper. This cask was developed for the dry interim storage of spent VVER1000 fuel assemblies concerning the requirements of the Temelin NPP, Czech Republic. While the cask body is based on well-known ductile cast iron cask types with in-wall moderator, the basket follows a new concept. The basket is able to carry 19 fuel assemblies with a total decay heat power up to approximately 17 kW. The cask fulfils all requirements for a type B(U)F package. The main nuclear, mechanical and thermal properties of the cask are illustrated for normal conditions and for hypothetical accident scenarios during transport and storage. The main steps of the handling procedure such as loading the cask, drying the cavity and mounting the double lid system for tightness during interim storage are shown in principle. For this handling, boundary conditions at the NPP site such as dimensions, weight and the loading machine interface are considered. (authors)

  10. Structural analysis of closure bolts for shipping casks

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    Mok, G.C.; Fischer, L.E.

    1993-04-01

    This paper identifies the active forces and moments in a closure bolt of a shipping cask. It examines the interactions of these forces/moments and suggest simplified methods for their analysis. The paper also evaluates the role that the forces and moments play in the structure integrity of the closure bolt and recommends stress limits and desirable practices to ensure its integrity.

  11. Monte Carlo shipping cask calculations using an automated biasing procedure

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    This paper describes an automated biasing procedure for Monte Carlo shipping cask calculations within the SCALE system - a modular code system for Standardized Computer Analysis for Licensing Evaluation. The SCALE system was conceived and funded by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission to satisfy a strong need for performing standardized criticality, shielding, and heat transfer analyses of nuclear systems

  12. Source storage and transfer cask: Users Guide

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    The storage and shield cask for the dual californium source is designed to shield and transport up to 3.7 mg (2 Ci) of 252Cf. the cask meets Department of Transportation (DOT) license requirements for Type A materials (DOT-7A). The cask is designed to transfer sources to and from the Flourinel and Fuel Storage (FAST) facility delayed-neutron interrogator. Californium sources placed in the cask must be encapsulated in the SR-CF-100 package and attached to Teleflex cables. The cask contains two source locations. Each location contains a gear box that allows a Teleflex cable to be remotely moved by a hand crank into and out of the cask. This transfer procedure permits sources to be easily removed and inserted into the delayed-neutron interrogator and reduces personnel radiation exposure during transfer. The radiation dose rate with the maximum allowable quantity of californium (3.7 mg) in the cask is 30 mR/h at the surface and less than 2 mR/h 1 m from the cask surface. This manual contains information about the cask, californium sources, describes the method to ship the cask, and how to insert and remove sources from the cask. 28 figs

  13. Research on spent fuel storage and transportation in CRIEPI. Part 1. Metal cask and vault storages, and transportation

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    For metal cask storage method, containment safety of the metal gasket was demonstrated using a full-scale metal cask without shock absorbers subjected to drop accidents during handling work at a storage facility. The instantaneous leakage was negligible. Long-term containment of the metal gasket has been demonstrated using full-scale cask lid models under a high and constant temperature for more than 17 years. Taking account of temperature decay in the real cask, the containment for more than 60 years has been evaluated. Hypothetical airplane crash against a cask storage building was studied by analysis and tests. The mechanical impact on the containments of the metal gaskets of the lid structure of the cask was analyzed and demonstrated by tests. Vault storage method may be economical for a large capacity of spent fuel storage. A design concept of the vault storage at a shallow underground was developed and the licensability of the underground's space was studied. Transport cask may deteriorate with respect to its elastomer gaskets as a result of creep deformation. The deformation and reduction of resilience of the gasket was studied by means of an analysis of finite element method. Transport ship of casks on the sea was assumed to shipwreck hypothetically and the casks loose their containment in the sea. Radiation dose under the hypothetical accident was evaluated by means of an analysis using an oceanic circulation model of the sea water. (author)

  14. Evaluated neutron data for thermal reactor calculations

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    The paper describes a library of evaluated neutron data designed for thermal reactor calculations and other low energy neutron physics applications. The name of the library is KORT (Evaluated Thermal Reactor Constants). The following information is given in KORT: a general characterization of the nucleus (mass, energy of capture and fission reactions, parameters of radioactive decay); partial cross-sections for neutrons of thermal energy, and the number of secondary fission neutrons (estimated errors in the measurements of these quantities are indicated); coefficients defining the deviation of capture and fission cross-sections from the 1/v law in a Maxwellian spectrum; resonance capture and fission integrals and the estimated errors in these quantities (for nuclei with Z>=90); detailed energy dependence of the cross-sections in the 10-4-5 eV region at T=300 K

  15. Thermal Environment evaluation in Commercial kitchens

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    Simone, Angela; Olesen, Bjarne W.

    2012-01-01

    The indoor climate in commercial kitchens is often unsatisfactory and the working conditions can have a significant effect on employees’ comfort and productivity. The type (fast food, casual, etc.) and climatic zone can influence the thermal conditions in the kitchens. Moreover, size and...... arrangement of the kitchen zones, appliances, etc., complicate further an evaluation of the indoor thermal environment in kitchens. In general, comfort criteria are expressed in international standards such as ASHRAE 55 or ISO EN7730. But are these standardised methods applicable for such environments as...... physical and subjective parameters. Measurements showed weak and strong points of the procedure in order to evaluate the thermal comfort environment in commercial kitchens and its acceptability....

  16. Studies of natural convection heat transfer in dry spent fuel storage casks using the cobra-SFS thermal-hydraulic computer code

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    The purpose of this study is to identify the importance of natural convection cooling within a nuclear dry spent fuel storage system. In the past, applicants submitting requests to the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) for a license for a dry spent fuel storage system design did not rigorously treat natural convection within the fuel package of the dry storage system. Typically, the applicant applies heat transfer correlations that raise the thermal conductivity of the materials (gas and solid structures) to account for the impact of convection on the thermal performance of the system. (author)

  17. Rationalizing transport operations: The TN 24 transport storage cask approach

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    The number of transports of spent fuel interim storage casks can be reduced by improved standardized cask design. Optimization of cask design is based on two main technological choices: shielding and spent fuel support basket design. The approaches to optimizing cask design to improve payload is described for the Transnucleaire TN24 family of dual purpose transport and storage casks. (author)

  18. Spent nuclear fuel shipping cask handling capabilities of commercial light water reactors

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    This report describes an evaluation of the cask handling capabilities of those reactors which are operating or under construction. A computerized data base that includes cask handling information was developed with information from the literature and utility-supplied data. The capability of each plant to receive and handle existing spent fuel shipping casks was then evaluated. Modal fractions were then calculated based on the results of these evaluations and the quantities of spent fuel projected to be generated by commercial nuclear power plants through 1998. The results indicated that all plants are capable of receiving and handling truck casks. Up to 118 out of 130 reactors (91%) could potentially handle the larger and heavier rail casks if the maximum capability of each facility is utilized. Design and analysis efforts and physical modifications to some plants would be needed to achieve this high rail percentage. These modifications would be needed to satisfy regulatory requirements, increase lifting capabilities, develop rail access, or improve other deficiencies. The remaining 12 reactors were determined to be capable of handling only the smaller truck casks. The percentage of plants that could receive and handle rail casks in the near-term would be reduced to 64%. The primary reason for a plant to be judged incapable of handling rail casks in the near-term was a lack of rail access. The remaining 36% of the plants would be limited to truck shipments. The modal fraction calculations indicated that up to 93% of the spent fuel accumulated by 1998 could be received at federal storage or disposal facilities via rail (based on each plant's maximum capabilities). If the near-term cask handling capabilities are considered, the rail percentage is reduced to 62%

  19. Cask system design guidance for robotic handling

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    Remote automated cask handling has the potential to reduce both the occupational exposure and the time required to process a nuclear waste transport cask at a handling facility. The ongoing Advanced Handling Technologies Project (AHTP) at Sandia National Laboratories is described. AHTP was initiated to explore the use of advanced robotic systems to perform cask handling operations at handling facilities for radioactive waste, and to provide guidance to cask designers regarding the impact of robotic handling on cask design. The proof-of-concept robotic systems developed in AHTP are intended to extrapolate from currently available commercial systems to the systems that will be available by the time that a repository would be open for operation. The project investigates those cask handling operations that would be performed at a nuclear waste repository facility during cask receiving and handling. The ongoing AHTP indicates that design guidance, rather than design specification, is appropriate, since the requirements for robotic handling do not place severe restrictions on cask design but rather focus on attention to detail and design for limited dexterity. The cask system design features that facilitate robotic handling operations are discussed, and results obtained from AHTP design and operation experience are summarized. The application of these design considerations is illustrated by discussion of the robot systems and their operation on cask feature mock-ups used in the AHTP project. 11 refs., 11 figs

  20. Development of high capacity transportable storage cask

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    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have developed high performance and reliable transportable storage casks, MSF series casks. The casks have employed newly developed materials that have been expressly developed to obtain long-term stability and quality. Furthermore, the casks have been employed newly designed structure to maximize payload of accommodating fuel assemblies in order to increase economic efficiency of storing spent fuels. The casks have been applied the following technologies. Basket assembly of the cask is made of newly developed boronated aluminum. The boronated aluminum is manufactured by power metallurgy process to provide uniformity of metallic structure and artificial aging which causes deterioration under high temperature condition is not applied to provide the boronated aluminum with high stability for long-term use. For the cask for BWR fuel, simplified basket whose design is that basket consists of some individual squire pipes without assembling is adopted in the cask. Neutron shielding material of the cask is made of newly resin of which raw materials have been modified to improve durability. Monolithic forging method which is how to shape steel into vessel form is developed to skip welding process between body shell and base plate and to improve reliability. Internal face of the body forging is machined to provide steps' in its cross section in order to fit the external shape of basket assembly and so heat dissipation performance is greatly improved. The new technologies have been done demonstration test in order to confirm that MSF series casks satisfy transport regulations. (author)

  1. Development of a dry storage cask for PWR spent fuel

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    Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co., Ltd.(KHNP), which operates all the nuclear power plants in Korea, is developing a new dry storage cask to store twenty four spent fuel assemblies generated from pressurized water reactors for at-reactor or away-from-reactor interim storage facility in Korea. The dry storage cask is designed and evaluated according to the requirements of the IAEA, the US NRC and the Korean regulations for the dry spent fuel storage system. It provides confinement, radiation shielding, structural integrity, subcritical control and passive heat removal for normal and accident conditions. The dry storage cask consists of a dual purpose canister providing a confinement boundary for the PWR spent fuel, and a storage overpack providing a structural and radiological boundary for long-term storage of the canister placed inside it. The overpack is constructed by a combination of steel and concrete, and is equipped with penetrating ducts near its lower and upper extremities to permit natural circulation of air to provide for the passive cooling of the canister and the contained spent fuel assemblies. This paper describes development status, description, design criteria, evaluation and demonstration tests of the dry storage cask. (authors)

  2. Thermal processes evaluation for RWMC wastes

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    The objective of this activity was to provide a white paper that identifies, collects information, and presents a preliminary evaluation of ''core'' thermal technologies that could be applied to RWMC stored and buried mixed waste. This paper presents the results of the following activities: General thermal technology identification, collection of technical and cost information on each technology, identification of thermal technologies applicable to RWMC waste, evaluation of each technology as applied to RWMC waste in seven process attributes, scoring each technology on a one to five scale (five highest) in each process attribute. Reaching conclusions about the superiority of one technology over others is not advised based on this preliminary study alone. However, the highly rated technologies (i.e., overall score of 2.9 or better) are worthy of a more detailed evaluation. The next step should be a more detailed evaluation of the technologies that includes onsite visits with operational facilities, preconceptual treatment facility design analysis, and visits with developers for emerging technologies. 2 figs., 6 tabs

  3. Heat transfer investigations within dry spent fuel casks

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    For studying the heat transfer processes and predicting the maximum spent fuel element surface temperature in a spent fuel assembly (SFA) transported in a dry cask, model experiments have been performed with a gas-filled model cask containing a simplified electrically heated model of a WWER-type SFA with 90 fuel elements. The temperature distribution of the SFA model is measured for different heat rates under vacuum in the model cask, and under normal pressure and overpressure (0.1 ... 0.7 MPa) for several cooling gases (air, argon, helium) in order to separately investigate heat transfer processes by radiation and convection/conduction. The measuring results were compared with the calculations. Computer programmes as well as simplified calculation methods for temperature prediction were developed and checked. The results obtained are also useful for thermal analyses in the field of the dry storage of SFAs in a cask or can. Specifically it was found that: The heat removal from the SFA can be considerably improved by increasing the internal cask pressure or by using helium as coolant. The radiant heat exchange in the SFA model can be calculated with sufficient accuracy by means of a computer programme developed in 1978 or by means of a simplified analytical representation shown in the final report. Both methods are directly applicable to the original SFA and useful in order to approximately calculate the maximum SFE surface temperature under normal pressure, if the fraction of heat transferred by radiation is allowed for. For the calculation of the total heat transfer a computer programme was developed and verified, which completely permits the temperature prediction of the SFA model in dependence on heat rate, type of gaseous coolant and coolant pressure. This computer programme can be directly applied to the original SFA for the calculation of the maximum SFE surface temperature

  4. ANSI N14.5 source term licensing of spent-fuel transport cask containment

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    American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard N14.5 states that ''compliance with package containment requirements shall be demonstrated either by determination of the radioactive contents release rate or by measurement of a tracer material leakage rate.'' The maximum permissible leakage rate from the transport cask is equal to the maximum permissible release rate divided by the time-averaged volumetric concentration of suspended radioactivity within the cask. The development of source term methodologies at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) provides a means to determine the releasable radionuclide concentrations within spent-fuel transport casks by estimating the probability of cladding breach, quantifying the amount of radioactive material released into the cask interior from the breached fuel rods, and quantifying the amount of radioactive material within the cask due to other sources. These methodologies are implemented in the Source Term Analyses for Containment Evaluations (STACE) software. In this paper, the maximum permissible leakage rates for the normal and hypothetical accident transport conditions defined by 10 CFR 71 are estimated using STACE for a given cask design, fuel assembly, and initial conditions. These calculations are based on defensible analysis techniques that credit multiple release barriers, including the cladding and the internal cask walls

  5. Genetics Home Reference: CASK-related intellectual disability

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    ... Conditions CASK-related intellectual disability CASK-related intellectual disability Enable Javascript to view the expand/collapse boxes. ... Open All Close All Description CASK -related intellectual disability is a disorder of brain development that has ...

  6. Conceptual design report for a transportable DUCRETE spent fuel storage cask system

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    A conceptual design has been developed for a spent fuel dry storage cask that employs depleted uranium concrete (DUCRETE) in place of ordinary concrete. DUCRETE, which uses depleted uranium oxide rocks rather than gravel as the concrete's heavy aggregate, is a more efficient overall radiation shield (gamma and neutron) than either steel or ordinary concrete. Thus, it allows the cask weight and size to be substantially reduced. Also, using DUCRETE as shielding avoids, or at least defers, disposal of the depleted uranium as waste. This report focuses on DUCRETE cask transportation issues. The approach studied involves placing the storage cask into a simple steel transportation overpack. Preliminary analyses were performed to demonstrate the transportation system's ability to meet the structural, thermal, and shielding transportation criteria. Conservative manual calculations were performed to demonstrate the adequacy of the DUCRETE transportation overpack with respect to structural requirements. Two-dimensional thermal analyses were performed on the system (the DUCRETE storage cask inside the steel overpack) using the ANSYS thermal analysis code. Two-dimensional shielding analyses were performed on the system with the MCNP code. Effects of the fuel axial burnup profile and solar radiation are considered. The analyses show that the proposed system can meet the transportation structural criteria and can easily meet the transportation shielding criteria. The thermal criteria are not as easy to meet because when the storage cask is placed horizontally in the transportation overpack, the DUCRETE storage cask's ventilation duct becomes an insulating dead air space. The maximum allowable temperature for the DUCRETE, which is not yet known, will be the limiting factor

  7. Evaluation of thermal margin for HANARO core

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    During the commissioning and the start-up of the HANARO, various design parameters were confirmed and measured. For safer operation of HANARO and resolution of the CHF penalty issue which is one of unresolved licensing problems, thermal margins for normal and transient conditions were re-evaluated reflecting the commissioning and the start-up test results and the design modifications during operation. The re-evaluation shows that the HANARO meets the design criteria for ONB margin and fuel centerline temperature under normal condition. For upset condition, it also satisfies the safety limits for CHFR and fuel centerline temperature. (Author). 11 refs., 13 tabs., 4 figs

  8. Perturbative evaluation of the Thermal Wilson Loop

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    The Thermal Wilson Loop 0sup(β) dtauA0(tau, x-vector)>, representing an order parameter for the gauge theory and expected to be zero in the confining phase, is perturbatively evaluated up to the O(g4) included for an SU(N) pure Yang-Mills theory. This evaluation should be meaningful at high temperature, β → 0. Its behaviour is discussed and a possible need for non-perturbative instanton-like contributions is pointed out. (author)

  9. Interim Dry Storage of Spent Fuel in Casks

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    French option for the back end of the fuel cycle is reprocessing of used fuel and recycling the fissile material, except some very specific fuel stored in vaults (dry conditions). Used fuel management solutions studied by AREVA for various countries allow for either direct transport to the reprocessing plant, or interim storage and transport after storage of used fuel. Interim storage solutions are wet storage or dry storage (DSC, metal casks or vault systems). When the decision on used fuel management has been postponed, some extension of interim storage duration is considered, therefore it becomes necessary to study used fuel and cask material behaviour and deterioration mechanisms. One objective of this R&D was to review research efforts on spent fuel behaviour and Dry storage experience in casks. Particularly we were interested in the assessment of retrievability of fuel after storage for further use. A review therefore, was made of the effect of storage time/ temperatures and of loading/ drying operation on used fuel integrity. R&D programmes were also carried out on the evaluation of cask materials in long term, especially materials susceptible to degradation

  10. Development of cask and transportation system

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    Transportation of spent fuels to the AFR interim storage facility and disposal repository are necessary in Korea. Therefore, an emphasis has been concentrated to develop the design and fabrication technology of commercial casks. A conceptual design of the temperature and deformation measuring systems in the cask, which will be used for mock-up tests has been performed. Preliminary design data of the cask for 7 spent PWR fuels have been obtained in the course of study. (author)

  11. Transportation capabilities of the existing cask fleet

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    This paper describes a number of scenarios estimating the amount of spent nuclear fuel that could be transported to a Monitored Retrievable Storage (MRS) Facility by various combinations of existing cask fleets. To develop the scenarios, the data provided by the Transportation System Data Base (TSDB) were modified to reflect the additional time for cask turnaround resulting from various startup and transportation issues. With these more realistic speed and cask-handling assumptions, the annual transportation capability of a fleet consisting of all of the existing casks is approximately 465 metric tons of uranium (MTU). The most likely fleet of existing casks that would be made available to the DOE consists of two rail, three overweight truck, and six legal weight truck casks. Under the same transportation assumptions, this cask fleet is capable of approximately transporting 270 MTU/year. These ranges of capability is a result of the assumptions pertaining to the number of casks assumed to be available. It should be noted that this assessment assumes additional casks based on existing certifications are not fabricated

  12. Feasibility of dry cask-to-cask and pool-to-cask spent fuel transfer based on single-element transfer cask experience

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    Spent fuel transportation casks and canister-based storage systems are generally loaded underwater in a nuclear plant's spent fuel pool/cask loading pit. Several reasons exist for exploring the feasibility of dry cask-to-cask and pool-to-cask spent fuel transfer. These include: the accommodation of plants which do not have sufficient crane capacity to handle large 90 tonne (100 ton) storage canisters or shipping casks, and construction of an MRS without the need for extensive hot cell facilities. In the case of DOE's ''Multi-Purpose Canister'' (MPC) scenario, use of such a transfer system would allow all plants with adequate transport routes to use large canisters at-reactor, and those without adequate transport routes to use the MRS for loading of large canisters without the need for hot cell facilities. The dry transfer option would not only allow the use of large canisters for all fuel, but would assist DOE in meeting MRS deadlines since licensing and construction of hot-cell facilities significantly affect schedule. This paper reviews the regulatory issues and technical design considerations for a single-element dry transfer system. Also summarized are lessons learned from the TMI-2 fuel transfer system which are directly applicable to the design, testing, startup, and use of a future dry cask-to-cask or pool-to-cask transfer system

  13. Used Fuel Cask Identification through Neutron Profile

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    Rauch, Eric Benton [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2015-11-20

    Currently, most spent fuel is stored near reactors. An interim consolidated fuel storage facility would receive fuel from multiple sites and store it in casks on site for decades. For successful operation of such a facility there is need for a way to restore continuity of knowledge if lost as well as a method that will indicate state of fuel inside the cask. Used nuclear fuel is identifiable by its radiation emission, both gamma and neutron. Neutron emission from fission products, multiplication from remaining fissile material, and the unique distribution of both in each cask produce a unique neutron signature. If two signatures taken at different times do not match, either changes within the fuel content or misidentification of a cask occurred. It was found that identification of cask loadings works well through the profile of emitted neutrons in simulated real casks. Even casks with similar overall neutron emission or average counts around the circumference can be distinguished from each other by analyzing the profile. In conclusion, (1) identification of unaltered casks through neutron signature profile is viable; (2) collecting the profile provides insight to the condition and intactness of the fuel stored inside the cask; and (3) the signature profile is stable over time.

  14. Life cycle cost report of VHLW cask

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    This document, the Life Cycle Cost Report (LCCR) for the VHLW Cask, presents the life cycle costs for acquiring, using, and disposing of the VHLW casks. The VHLW cask consists of a ductile iron cask body, called the shielding insert, which is used for storage and transportation, and ultimately for disposal of Defense High Level Waste which has been vitrified and placed into VHLW canisters. Each ductile iron VHLW shielding insert holds one VHLW canister. For transportation, the shielding insert is placed into a containment overpack. The VHLW cask as configured for transportation is a legal weight truck cask which will be licensed by NRC. The purpose of this LCCR is to present the development of the life cycle costs for using the VHLW cask to transport VHLW canisters from the generating sites to a disposal site. Life cycle costs include the cost of acquiring, operating, maintaining, and ultimately dispositioning the VHLW cask and its associated hardware. This report summarizes costs associated with transportation of the VHLW casks. Costs are developed on the basis of expected usage, anticipated source and destination locations, and expected quantities of VHLW which must be transported. DOE overhead costs, such as the costs associated with source and destination facility handling of the VHLW, are not included. Also not included are costs exclusive to storage or disposal of the VHLW waste

  15. SAS1 and SAS4, two new shielding analysis sequences for spent fuel casks

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    Two important Shielding Analysis Sequences (SAS) have recently been developed within the SCALE computational system. These sequences significantly enhance the existing SCALE system capabilities for evaluating radiation doses exterior to spent fuel casks. These new control module sequences (SAS1 and SAS4) and their capabilities are discussed and demonstrated. Particular attention is given to the new SAS4 sequence which provides an automated scheme for generating and using biasing parameters in a subsequent Monte Carlo analysis of a cask

  16. Evaluation of thermal overload in boiler operators.

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    Braga, Camila Soares; Rodrigues, Valéria Antônia Justino; Campos, Julio César Costa; de Souza, Amaury Paulo; Minette, Luciano José; de Moraes, Angêlo Casali; Sensato, Guilherme Luciano

    2012-01-01

    The Brazilians educational institutions need a large energy demand for the operation of laundries, restaurants and accommodation of students. Much of that energy comes from steam generated in boilers with wood fuel. The laboral activity in boiler may present problems for the operator's health due to exposure to excessive heat, and its operation has a high degree of risk. This paper describes an analysis made the conditions of thermal environment in the operation of a B category boiler, located at a Higher Education Institution, located in the Zona da Mata Mineira The equipments used to collect data were Meter WBGT of the Heat Index; Meter of Wet Bulb Index and Globe Thermometer (WBGT); Politeste Instruments, an anemometer and an Infrared Thermometer. By the application of questionnaires, the second phase consisted of collecting data on environmental factors (temperature natural environment, globe temperature, relative humidity and air velocity). The study concluded that during the period evaluated, the activity had thermal overload. PMID:22316768

  17. Annex IV. The technical and logistic benefits of non-uniform, zoned cask loading

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    The purpose of this appendix is to describe the benefits of licensing and using non-uniform, zoned loading of casks, including the physical nature of the phenomena that underlie those benefits. Based on the systematics of the zoned loading analysis sequence, this appendix also outlines a regulatory approach for licensing and specifying the range of couplings of the outer and inner zone fuel characteristics that result in total external dose rates being at the regulatory limit. This Appendix has outlined an approximate method for evaluating the capability of zone loaded casks, and has used that method to evaluate zoned loading in a typical long term shipping situation. The results of the evaluation indicate that there are two types of benefit arising from the use of zoned cask loading when coupled with an optimised long term plan for fuel selection to accomplish the loadings. A technical benefit in which the radioactivity content of a cask is increased without an increase in the external dose rate, and a logistic benefit, realised through the use of an appropriate long term fuel selection and cask-loading plan, that significantly extends the usability of a cask design, delivers shipments with characteristics that are fairly stable over time, and is consistently loaded close to its license limit

  18. Shielding Analysis of the 5320 Shipping Cask

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    Blanchard, A. [Westinghouse Savannah River Company, AIKEN, SC (United States); Nathan, S. [Westinghouse Safety Management Solutions, Aiken, SC (United States)

    1998-05-01

    The purpose of this work is to demonstrate that the 5320 shipping cask meets Federal regulations for maximum radiation dose rates when loaded with the intended plutonium oxide cargo. It should be emphasized that the 5320 is an existing cask, and therefore this work represents confirmatory analysis rather than design analysis.

  19. Results of Evaluation of Solar Thermal Propulsion

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    Woodcock, Gordon; Byers, Dave

    2003-01-01

    The solar thermal propulsion evaluation reported here relied on prior research for all information on solar thermal propulsion technology and performance. Sources included personal contacts with experts in the field in addition to published reports and papers. Mission performance models were created based on this information in order to estimate performance and mass characteristics of solar thermal propulsion systems. Mission analysis was performed for a set of reference missions to assess the capabilities and benefits of solar thermal propulsion in comparison with alternative in-space propulsion systems such as chemical and electric propulsion. Mission analysis included estimation of delta V requirements as well as payload capabilities for a range of missions. Launch requirements and costs, and integration into launch vehicles, were also considered. The mission set included representative robotic scientific missions, and potential future NASA human missions beyond low Earth orbit. Commercial communications satellite delivery missions were also included, because if STP technology were selected for that application, frequent use is implied and this would help amortize costs for technology advancement and systems development. A C3 Topper mission was defined, calling for a relatively small STP. The application is to augment the launch energy (C3) available from launch vehicles with their built-in upper stages. Payload masses were obtained from references where available. The communications satellite masses represent the range of payload capabilities for the Delta IV Medium and/or Atlas launch vehicle family. Results indicated that STP could improve payload capability over current systems, but that this advantage cannot be realized except in a few cases because of payload fairing volume limitations on current launch vehicles. It was also found that acquiring a more capable (existing) launch vehicle, rather than adding an STP stage, is the most economical in most cases.

  20. Criticality Safety Analysis Of As-loaded Spent Nuclear Fuel Casks

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    Banerjee, Kaushik [ORNL; Scaglione, John M [ORNL

    2015-01-01

    The final safety analysis report (FSAR) or the safety analysis report (SAR) for a particular spent nuclear fuel (SNF) cask system documents models and calculations used to demonstrate that a system meets the regulatory requirements under all normal, off-normal, and accident conditions of spent fuel storage, and normal and accident conditions of transportation. FSAR/SAR calculations and approved content specifications are intended to be bounding in nature to certify cask systems for a variety of fuel characteristics with simplified SNF loading requirements. Therefore, in general, loaded cask systems possess excess and uncredited criticality margins (i.e., the difference between the licensing basis and the as-loaded calculations). This uncredited margin could be quantified by employing more detailed cask-specific evaluations that credit the actual as-loaded cask inventory, and taking into account full (actinide and fission product) burnup credit. This uncredited criticality margin could be potentially used to offset (1) uncertainties in the safety basis that needs to account for the effects of system aging during extended dry storage prior to transportation, and (2) increases in SNF system reactivity over a repository performance period (e.g., 10,000 years or more) as the system undergoes degradation and internal geometry changes. This paper summarizes an assessment of cask-specific, as-loaded criticality margins for SNF stored at eight reactor sites (215 loaded casks were analyzed) under fully flooded conditions to assess the margins available during transportation after extended storage. It is observed that the calculated keff margin varies from 0.05 to almost 0.3 Δkeff for the eight selected reactor sites, demonstrating that significant uncredited safety margins are present. In addition, this paper evaluates the sufficiency of this excess margin in applications involving direct disposal of currently loaded SNF casks.

  1. DESIGN OF A CONCRETE SLAB FOR STORAGE OF SNF AND HLW CASKS

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    J. Bisset

    2005-02-14

    This calculation documents the design of the Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF) and High-Level Waste (HLW) Cask storage slab for the Aging Area. The design is based on the weights of casks that may be stored on the slab, the weights of vehicles that may be used to move the casks, and the layout shown on the sketch for a 1000 Metric Ton of Heavy Metal (MTHM) storage pad on Attachment 2, Sht.1 of the calculation 170-C0C-C000-00100-000-00A (BSC 2004a). The analytical model used herein is based on the storage area for 8 vertical casks. To simplify the model, the storage area of the horizontal concrete modules and their related shield walls is not included. The heavy weights of the vertical storage casks and the tensile forces due to pullout at the anchorages will produce design moments and shear forces that will envelope those that would occur in the storage area of the horizontal modules. The design loadings will also include snow and live loads. In addition, the design will also reflect pertinent geotechnical data. This calculation will document the preliminary thickness and general reinforcing steel requirements for the slab. This calculation also documents the initial design of the cask anchorage. Other slab details are not developed in this calculation. They will be developed during the final design process. The calculation also does not include the evaluation of the effects of cask drop loads. These will be evaluated in this or another calculation when the exact cask geometry is known.

  2. Design review report FFTF interim storage cask

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    Scott, P.L.

    1995-01-03

    Final Design Review Report for the FFTF Interim Storage Cask. The Interim Storage Cask (ISC) will be used for long term above ground dry storage of FFTF irradiated fuel in Core Component Containers (CCC)s. The CCC has been designed and will house assemblies that have been sodium washed in the IEM Cell. The Solid Waste Cask (SWC) will transfer a full CCC from the IEM Cell to the RSB Cask Loading Station where the ISC will be located to receive it. Once the loaded ISC has been sealed at the RSB Cask Loading Station, it will be transferred by facility crane to the DSWC Transporter. After the ISC has been transferred to the Interim Storage Area (ISA), which is yet to be designed, a mobile crane will be used to place the ISC in its final storage location.

  3. Design review report FFTF interim storage cask

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    Final Design Review Report for the FFTF Interim Storage Cask. The Interim Storage Cask (ISC) will be used for long term above ground dry storage of FFTF irradiated fuel in Core Component Containers (CCC)s. The CCC has been designed and will house assemblies that have been sodium washed in the IEM Cell. The Solid Waste Cask (SWC) will transfer a full CCC from the IEM Cell to the RSB Cask Loading Station where the ISC will be located to receive it. Once the loaded ISC has been sealed at the RSB Cask Loading Station, it will be transferred by facility crane to the DSWC Transporter. After the ISC has been transferred to the Interim Storage Area (ISA), which is yet to be designed, a mobile crane will be used to place the ISC in its final storage location

  4. Storage cask drop test on reinforced concrete slab

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    The test results obtained may be summarized as follows: (1) The strain and acceleration during oblique dropping are sufficiently small compared with those during vertical and horizontal dropping. The strain and acceleration due to the secondary collision after dropping are also sufficiently small as compared with those due to the primary collision. For evaluation of integrity against vertical and horizontal orientation, therefore, it can be considered that dropping in the oblique orientation will pose no problem in making such evaluation. (2) The structural integrity of the cask against its dropping at the normal operating height and up to the maximum lifting height which is determined by the construction of storage facilities was verified. (3) Since the estimated critical drop height is sufficiently heigh as compared with the above-mentioned drop height, it was verified that the cask had a sufficient margin against a falling accident during operation. (J.P.N.)

  5. A cask maintenance facility feasibility study

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    The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is supporting the USDOE Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM) in developing a transportation system for spent nuclear fuel (SNF) and defense high level waste (HLW) as a part of the Federal Waste Management System (FWMS). In early 1988, a feasibility study was undertaken to design a stand-alone, green field facility for maintaining the FWMS casks. The feasibility study provided an initial layout facility design, an estimate of the construction cost, and an acquisition schedule for a Cask Maintenance Facility (CMF). The study also helped to define the interfaces between the transportation system and the waste generators, the repository, and a Monitored Retrieveable Storage (MRS) facility. The data, design, and estimated cost resulting from the study have been organized for use in the total transportation system decision-making process. Most importantly, the feasibility study also provides a foundation for continuing design and planning efforts. The feasibility study was based on an assumed stand-alone green field configuration because of the flexibility this design approach provides. A stand-alone facility requires the inclusion with support functions as well as the primary process facilities thus yielding a comprehensive design evaluation and cost estimate. For example, items such as roads, security and waste processing which might be shared with an integrated or collocated facility have been fully costed in the feasibility study. Thus, while the details of the facility design might change, the overall concept used in the study can be applied to other facility configurations as planning for the total FWMS develops

  6. Sensitivity analyses of seismic behavior of spent fuel dry cask storage systems

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    Sandia National Laboratories is conducting a research project to develop a comprehensive methodology for evaluating the seismic behavior of spent fuel dry cask storage systems (DCSS) for the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). A typical Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) consists of arrays of free-standing storage casks resting on concrete pads. In the safety review process of these cask systems, their seismically induced horizontal displacements and angular rotations must be quantified to determine whether casks will overturn or neighboring casks will collide during a seismic event. The ABAQUS/Explicit code is used to analyze three-dimensional coupled finite element models consisting of three submodels, which are a cylindrical cask or a rectangular module, a flexible concrete pad, and an underlying soil foundation. The coupled model includes two sets of contact surfaces between the submodels with prescribed coefficients of friction. The seismic event is described by one vertical and two horizontal components of statistically independent seismic acceleration time histories. A deconvolution procedure is used to adjust the amplitudes and frequency contents of these three-component reference surface motions before applying them simultaneously at the soil foundation base. The research project focused on examining the dynamic and nonlinear seismic behavior of the coupled model of free-standing DCSS including soil-structure interaction effects. This paper presents a subset of analysis results for a series of parametric analyses. Input variables in the parametric analyses include: designs of the cask/module, time histories of the seismic accelerations, coefficients of friction at the cask/pad interface, and material properties of the soil foundation. In subsequent research, the analysis results will be compiled and presented in nomograms to highlight the sensitivity of seismic response of DCSS to

  7. Experimental determination of radiation safety of spent nuclear fuel dry storage casks CASTOR and CONSTOR

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    When Ignalina NPP was built it was planned that spent nuclear fuel (SNF) will be stored at the pools for 3-5 years and after that will be transported to Russia for reprocessing or disposal. But after reestablishment of independence the situation changed totally and an urgent need arose to solve the questions related with interim storage of spent nuclear fuel in Lithuania, because storage pools were almost totally filled. Various possibilities have been analysed and finally it was decided to use dry storage technology for interim storage (up to 50 years) of Ignalina NPP spent nuclear fuel. For this purpose GNB (Germany) duel-purpose casks have been chosen. The part of them are ductile cast iron CASTOR RBMK-1500 casks and the rest part are metal-concrete CONSTOR RBMK-1500 casks. In order to evaluate radiation characteristics of the casks, combined experimental investigations (measurements of the equivalent dose and γ-spectrum on the cask surface at dry storage) and computer modeling (calculations of the equivalent dose rates, activities of nuclides, etc.) were performed. The obtained results show that equivalent dose rate values on the surface of the casks are much less than the design criteria value of 1000 μSv/h. (author)

  8. 78 FR 78165 - List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: HI-STORM 100 Cask System; Amendment No. 9

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    2013-12-26

    ... RIN 3150-AJ12 List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: HI-STORM 100 Cask System; Amendment No. 9... amends the NRC's spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Holtec International HI-STORM 100 Cask System listing within the ``List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks'' to include Amendment No. 9...

  9. Bonner sphere neutron spectrometry at spent fuel casks

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    Rimpler, A

    2002-01-01

    For transport and interim storage of spent fuel elements from power reactors and vitrified highly active waste (HAW) from reprocessing, various types of casks are used. The radiation exposure of the personnel during transportation and storage of these casks is caused by mixed photon-neutron fields and, frequently, the neutron dose is predominant. In operational radiation protection, survey meters and even personal dosemeters with imperfect energy dependence of the dose-equivalent response are used, i.e. the fluence response of the devices does not match the fluence-to-dose equivalent conversion function. In order to achieve more accurate dosimetric information and to investigate the performance of dosemeters, spectrometric investigations of the neutron fields are necessary. Therefore, fluence spectra and dose rates were measured by means of a simple portable Bonner multisphere spectrometer (BSS). The paper describes briefly the experimental set-up and evaluation procedure. Measured spectra for different locat...

  10. Assessment of Reactivity Margins and Loading Curves for PWR Burnup Credit Cask Designs

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    Wagner, J.C.

    2002-12-17

    This report presents studies to assess reactivity margins and loading curves for pressurized water reactor (PWR) burnup-credit criticality safety evaluations. The studies are based on a generic high-density 32-assembly cask and systematically vary individual calculational (depletion and criticality) assumptions to demonstrate the impact on the predicted effective neutron multiplication factor, k{sub eff}, and burnup-credit loading curves. The purpose of this report is to provide a greater understanding of the importance of input parameter variations and quantify the impact of calculational assumptions on the outcome of a burnup-credit evaluation. This study should provide guidance to regulators and industry on the technical areas where improved information will most enhance the estimation of accurate subcritical margins. Based on these studies, areas where future work may provide the most benefit are identified. The report also includes an evaluation of the degree of burnup credit needed for high-density casks to transport the current spent nuclear fuel inventory. By comparing PWR discharge data to actinide-only based loading curves and determining the number of assemblies that meet the loading criteria, this evaluation finds that additional negative reactivity (through either increased credit for fuel burnup or cask design/utilization modifications) is necessary to accommodate the majority of current spent fuel assemblies in high-capacity casks. Assemblies that are not acceptable for loading in the prototypic high-capacity cask may be stored or transported by other means (e.g., lower capacity casks that utilize flux traps and/or increased fixed poison concentrations or high-capacity casks with design/utilization modifications).

  11. Full-Scale Cask Testing and Public Acceptance of Spent Nuclear Fuel Shipments - 12254

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    Full-scale physical testing of spent fuel shipping casks has been proposed by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) 2006 report on spent nuclear fuel transportation, and by the Presidential Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) on America's Nuclear Future 2011 draft report. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in 2005 proposed full-scale testing of a rail cask, and considered 'regulatory limits' testing of both rail and truck casks (SRM SECY-05-0051). The recent U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) cancellation of the Yucca Mountain project, NRC evaluation of extended spent fuel storage (possibly beyond 60-120 years) before transportation, nuclear industry adoption of very large dual-purpose canisters for spent fuel storage and transport, and the deliberations of the BRC, will fundamentally change assumptions about the future spent fuel transportation system, and reopen the debate over shipping cask performance in severe accidents and acts of sabotage. This paper examines possible approaches to full-scale testing for enhancing public confidence in risk analyses, perception of risk, and acceptance of spent fuel shipments. The paper reviews the literature on public perception of spent nuclear fuel and nuclear waste transportation risks. We review and summarize opinion surveys sponsored by the State of Nevada over the past two decades, which show consistent patterns of concern among Nevada residents about health and safety impacts, and socioeconomic impacts such as reduced property values along likely transportation routes. We also review and summarize the large body of public opinion survey research on transportation concerns at regional and national levels. The paper reviews three past cask testing programs, the way in which these cask testing program results were portrayed in films and videos, and examines public and official responses to these three programs: the 1970's impact and fire testing of spent fuel truck casks at Sandia National Laboratories, the 1980's

  12. Full-Scale Cask Testing and Public Acceptance of Spent Nuclear Fuel Shipments - 12254

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    Dilger, Fred [Black Mountain Research, Henderson, NV 81012 (United States); Halstead, Robert J. [State of Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects Carson City, NV 80906 (United States); Ballard, James D. [Department of Sociology, California State University, Northridge Northridge, CA 91330 (United States)

    2012-07-01

    Full-scale physical testing of spent fuel shipping casks has been proposed by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) 2006 report on spent nuclear fuel transportation, and by the Presidential Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) on America's Nuclear Future 2011 draft report. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in 2005 proposed full-scale testing of a rail cask, and considered 'regulatory limits' testing of both rail and truck casks (SRM SECY-05-0051). The recent U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) cancellation of the Yucca Mountain project, NRC evaluation of extended spent fuel storage (possibly beyond 60-120 years) before transportation, nuclear industry adoption of very large dual-purpose canisters for spent fuel storage and transport, and the deliberations of the BRC, will fundamentally change assumptions about the future spent fuel transportation system, and reopen the debate over shipping cask performance in severe accidents and acts of sabotage. This paper examines possible approaches to full-scale testing for enhancing public confidence in risk analyses, perception of risk, and acceptance of spent fuel shipments. The paper reviews the literature on public perception of spent nuclear fuel and nuclear waste transportation risks. We review and summarize opinion surveys sponsored by the State of Nevada over the past two decades, which show consistent patterns of concern among Nevada residents about health and safety impacts, and socioeconomic impacts such as reduced property values along likely transportation routes. We also review and summarize the large body of public opinion survey research on transportation concerns at regional and national levels. The paper reviews three past cask testing programs, the way in which these cask testing program results were portrayed in films and videos, and examines public and official responses to these three programs: the 1970's impact and fire testing of spent fuel truck casks at Sandia National

  13. Interactions between cask components and content of packaging for the transport of radioactive material during drop tests

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    This paper describes the analytical, numerical and experimental investigations on the phenomenon of interactions between cask components and content of packages for the transport of radioactive material during drop tests required according to the IAEA Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material. Radial and axial gaps between cask components and content are usually necessary for thermal reasons but larger gaps can exist because of the geometrical dimensions of the specified content. Consequently interactions between content and cask components (lid system, cask body, etc.) are possible and can not be excluded during drop tests. Interactions in this context are relative movements between cask and content which are mainly due to elastic spring effects after releasing the cask for the free drop. These relative movements can cause interior collisions between content and cask during the main impact of the package onto the unyielding target. Drop tests with various types of Type A and Type B packages fully instrumented with strain gauges and accelerometers showed that these interactions respectively interior collisions can be considerable relating to high forces acting on cask lids, lid bolts and the content. Of course the real quantitative consequences of the interactions depend upon different conditions, among others the drop orientation, the design characteristics of the impact limiters, the dimensions of the gaps, the material characteristics of the contents, etc. . In order to investigate more precisely the phenomenon of interactions BAM carried out finite element calculations for the named casks using the ABAQUS/ Standard and ABAQUS/ Explicit computer code comparing them with results obtained from experiments. Additionally, tests with a simplified model instrumented with accelerometers were carried out accompanied by finite element calculations and analytical calculations using MATHEMATICA. The investigations on the mentioned phenomena of interaction

  14. Use of depleted uranium metal as cask shielding in high-level waste storage, transport, and disposal systems

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    The US DOE has amassed over 555,000 metric tons of depleted uranium from its uranium enrichment operations. Rather than dispose of this depleted uranium as waste, this study explores a beneficial use of depleted uranium as metal shielding in casks designed to contain canisters of vitrified high-level waste. Two high-level waste storage, transport, and disposal shielded cask systems are analyzed. The first system employs a shielded storage and disposal cask having a separate reusable transportation overpack. The second system employs a shielded combined storage, transport, and disposal cask. Conceptual cask designs that hold 1, 3, 4 and 7 high-level waste canisters are described for both systems. In all cases, cask design feasibility was established and analyses indicate that these casks meet applicable thermal, structural, shielding, and contact-handled requirements. Depleted uranium metal casting, fabrication, environmental, and radiation compatibility considerations are discussed and found to pose no serious implementation problems. About one-fourth of the depleted uranium inventory would be used to produce the casks required to store and dispose of the nearly 15,400 high-level waste canisters that would be produced. This study estimates the total-system cost for the preferred 7-canister storage and disposal configuration having a separate transportation overpack would be $6.3 billion. When credits are taken for depleted uranium disposal cost, a cost that would be avoided if depleted uranium were used as cask shielding material rather than disposed of as waste, total system net costs are between $3.8 billion and $5.5 billion

  15. Selected concrete spent fuel storage cask concepts and the DOE/PSN Cooperative Cask Testing Program

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    To date, water pools, metal casks, horizontal concrete modules, and modular vaults have been used to store the major quantity of commercial light water reactor spent nuclear fuel. Recently, vertical concrete dry storage casks have received consideration for storage of spent nuclear fuel. This paper reviews the evolution of the development of selected vertical concrete dry storage casks and outlines a cooperative cask testing (heat transfer and shielding) program involving the US Department of Energy and Pacific Sierra Nuclear Associates. Others participating in the cooperative program are Pacific Northwest Laboratory; EG ampersand G Idaho, Inc.; Wisconsin Electric Power Company; and the Electric Power Research Institute. 28 refs., 14 figs

  16. A comparison of spent fuel shipping cask response to 10 CFR 71 normal conditions and realistic hot day extremes

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    The structural properties of spent nuclear fuel shipping containers vary as a function of the cask wall temperature. An analysis is performed to determine the effect of a realistic, though bounding, hot day environment on the thermal behavior of spent fuel shipping casks. These results are compared to those which develop under a steady-state application of the prescribed normal thermal conditions of 10CFR71. The completed analysis revealed that the majority of wall temperatures, for a wide variety of spent fuel shipping cask configurations, fall well below those predicted by using the steady-state application of the regulatory boundary conditions. It was found that maximum temperatures at the cask surface occasionally lie above temperatures predicted under the regulatory condition. This is due to the conservative assumptions present in the ambient conditions used. The analysis demonstrates that diurnal temperature variations which penetrate the cask wall have maxima substantially less than the corresponding temperatures obtained when applying the steady-state regulatory boundary conditions. Therefore, it is certain that vital cask components and the spent fuel itself will not exceed the temperatures calculated by use of the steady-state interpretation of the 10CFR71 normal conditions

  17. A comparison of spent fuel shipping cask response to 10 CFR 71 normal conditions and realistic hot day extremes

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    Manson, S.J. [Texas Univ., Austin, TX (United States). Coll. of Engineering; Gianoulakis, S.E. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    1994-02-01

    The structural properties of spent nuclear fuel shipping containers vary as a function of the cask wall temperature. An analysis is performed to determine the effect of a realistic, though bounding, hot day environment on the thermal behavior of spent fuel shipping casks. These results are compared to those which develop under a steady-state application of the prescribed normal thermal conditions of 10CFR71. The completed analysis revealed that the majority of wall temperatures, for a wide variety of spent fuel shipping cask configurations, fall well below those predicted by using the steady-state application of the regulatory boundary conditions. It was found that maximum temperatures at the cask surface occasionally lie above temperatures predicted under the regulatory condition. This is due to the conservative assumptions present in the ambient conditions used. The analysis demonstrates that diurnal temperature variations which penetrate the cask wall have maxima substantially less than the corresponding temperatures obtained when applying the steady-state regulatory boundary conditions. Therefore, it is certain that vital cask components and the spent fuel itself will not exceed the temperatures calculated by use of the steady-state interpretation of the 10CFR71 normal conditions.

  18. A comparison of spent-fuel shipping cask response to 10 CFR 71 normal conditions and realistic hot day extremes

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    The structural properties of spent nuclear fuel shipping containers vary as a function of the cask wall temperature. An analysis is performed to determine the effect of a realistic, though bounding, hot day environment on the thermal behavior of spent fuel shipping casks. These results are compared to those which develop under a steady-state application of the prescribed normal thermal conditions of 10CFR71. The completed analysis revealed that the majority of wall temperatures, for a wide variety of spent fuel shipping cask configurations, fall well below those predicted by using the steady-state application of the regulatory boundary conditions. It was found that maximum temperatures at the cask surface occasionally lie above temperatures predicted under the regulatory condition. This is due to the conservative assumptions present in the ambient conditions used. The analysis demonstrates that diurnal temperature variations which penetrate the cask wall have maxima substantially less than the corresponding temperatures obtained when applying the steady-state regulatory boundary conditions. Therefore, it is certain that vital cask components and the spent fuel itself will not exceed the temperatures calculated by use of the steady-state interpretation of the 10CFR71 normal conditions

  19. DRACS thermal performance evaluation for FHR

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    Highlights: • A computer code for DRACS thermal performance evaluation for FHR is developed. • The code is validated using available experimental data from the literature. • The code is applied to a High-Temperature DRACS Test Facility (HTDF) at the OSU. - Abstract: Direct Reactor Auxiliary Cooling System (DRACS) is a passive decay heat removal system proposed for the Fluoride-salt-cooled High-temperature Reactor (FHR) that combines coated particle fuel and a graphite moderator with a liquid fluoride salt as the coolant. The DRACS features three coupled natural circulation/convection loops, relying completely on buoyancy as the driving force. These loops are coupled through two heat exchangers, namely, the DRACS Heat Exchanger and the Natural Draft Heat Exchanger. In addition, a fluidic diode is employed to minimize the parasitic flow into the DRACS primary loop and correspondingly the heat loss to the DRACS during normal operation of the reactor, and to keep the DRACS ready for activation, if needed, during accidents. To help with the design and thermal performance evaluation of the DRACS, a computer code using MATLAB has been developed. This code is based on a one-dimensional formulation and its principle is to solve the energy balance and integral momentum equations. By discretizing the DRACS system in the axial direction, a bulk mean temperature is assumed for each mesh cell. The temperatures of all the cells, as well as the mass flow rates in the DRACS loops, are predicted by solving the governing equations that are obtained by integrating the energy conservation equation over each cell and integrating the momentum conservation equation over each of the DRACS loops. In addition, an intermediate heat transfer loop equipped with a pump has also been modeled in the code. This enables the study of flow reversal phenomenon in the DRACS primary loop, associated with the pump trip process. Experimental data from a High-Temperature DRACS Test Facility (HTDF) are

  20. CSER 94-014: Storage of metal-fuel loaded EBR-II casks in concrete vault on PFP grounds

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    A criticality safety evaluation is presented to permit EBR-2 spent fuel casks loaded with metallic fuel rods to be stored in an 8-ft diameter, cylindrical concrete vault inside the PFP security perimeter. The specific transfer of three casks with Pu alloy fuel from the Los Alamos Molten Plutonium Reactor Experiment from the burial grounds to the vault is thus covered. Up to seven casks may be emplaced in the casing with 30 inches center to center spacing. Criticality safety is assured by definitive packaging rules which keep the fissile medium dry and at a low effective volumetric density

  1. Micro-Climate Evaluation System in Thermal Mines

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    2006-01-01

    A fuzzy evaluation method was used to evaluate the microclimate in thermal mines. A theoretical model of a microclimate evaluation system was designed and membership functions of the evaluation indices in the system were established. An analytical hierarchy process (AHP) was used to analyze the weight of the evaluation indices and their methods of calculation. Software for this evaluation system was developed and used for the evaluation of the microclimate of 714 sections in a mine. It is shown that the evaluation results correspond completely with the actual situation. This evaluation system and the software can be applied in thermal mines.

  2. Documentation for fiscal year 1995 annual BUSS cask SARP testing and inspections

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    Saueressig, P.T.

    1994-11-08

    The purpose of this report is to compile the data generated during the Fiscal Year (FY) 1995 annual tests and inspections performed on the Beneficial Uses Shipping System (BUSS) cask. The BUSS Cask Model R-1 is a type B shipping container used for shipment of radioactive cesium-137 and strontium-90 capsules to Waste Encapsulation and Storage Facility (WESF). The primary purpose of the BUSS Cask is to provide shielding and confinement as well as impact, puncture, and thermal protection for the capsules under both normal and accident conditions. Section 8.2 ``Maintenance and Periodic Inspection Program`` of the BUSS Cask SARP requires that the following tests and inspections be performed on an annual basis: hydrostatic pressure test; helium leak test; dye penetrant test on the trunnions and life lugs; torque test on all permanent bolts; and impact limiter inspection and weight test. In addition to compiling the generated data, this report will verify that the testing criteria identified in section 8.2 of the BUSS Cask Safety Analysis Report for Packaging (SARP) was met.

  3. Documentation for fiscal year 1995 annual BUSS cask SARP testing and inspections

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    The purpose of this report is to compile the data generated during the Fiscal Year (FY) 1995 annual tests and inspections performed on the Beneficial Uses Shipping System (BUSS) cask. The BUSS Cask Model R-1 is a type B shipping container used for shipment of radioactive cesium-137 and strontium-90 capsules to Waste Encapsulation and Storage Facility (WESF). The primary purpose of the BUSS Cask is to provide shielding and confinement as well as impact, puncture, and thermal protection for the capsules under both normal and accident conditions. Section 8.2 ''Maintenance and Periodic Inspection Program'' of the BUSS Cask SARP requires that the following tests and inspections be performed on an annual basis: hydrostatic pressure test; helium leak test; dye penetrant test on the trunnions and life lugs; torque test on all permanent bolts; and impact limiter inspection and weight test. In addition to compiling the generated data, this report will verify that the testing criteria identified in section 8.2 of the BUSS Cask Safety Analysis Report for Packaging (SARP) was met

  4. Cask system maintenance in the Federal Waste Management System

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    In early 1988, in support of the development of the transportation system for the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management System (OCRWM), a feasibility study was undertaken to define a the concept for a stand-alone, ''green-field'' facility for maintaining the Federal Waste Management System (FWMS) casks. This study provided and initial layout facility design, an estimate of the construction costs, and an acquisition schedule for a Cask Maintenance Facility (CMF). It also helped to define the interfaces between the transportation system and the waste generators, the repository, and a Monitored Retrievable Storage (MRS) facility. The data, design, and estimated costs derived from the study have been organized for use in the total transportation system decision-making process. Most importantly, they also provide a foundation for continuing design and planning efforts. The feasibility study was based on an assumed stand-alone, ''green-field'' configuration. This design approach provides a comprehensive design evaluation, to guide the development of a cost estimate and to permit flexibility in locating the facility. The following sections provide background information on cask system maintenance, briefly summarizes some of the functional requirements that a CMF must satisfy, provides a physical description of the CMF, briefly discusses the cost and schedule estimates and then reviews the findings of the efforts undertaken since the feasibility study was completed. 15 refs., 3 figs

  5. BR-100 spent fuel shipping cask development

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    Continued public acceptance of commercial nuclear power is contingent to a large degree on the US Department of Energy (DOE) establishing an integrated waste management system for spent nuclear fuel. As part of the from-reactor transportation segment of this system, the B ampersand W Fuel Company (BWFC) is under contract to the DOE to develop a spent-fuel cask that is compatible with both rail and barge modes of transportation. Innovative design approaches were the keys to achieving a cask design that maximizes payload capacity and cask performance. The result is the BR-100, a 100-ton rail/barge cask with a capacity of 21 PWR or 52 BWR ten-year cooled, intact fuel assemblies. 3 figs

  6. Area estimate for buffer area of loading/unloading site for metal-concrete casks with BN-350 spent nuclear fuel

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    Calculation results are presented for radiation fields induced by BN-350 spent nuclear fuel transported in seven-pack metal-concrete cask. The results are used to evaluate dose load on personnel and population at the cask loading/unloading operations. For the purpose of calculations, MCNP code was applied. (author)

  7. Heat transfer investigations for spent fuel assemblies in a dry cask

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    For studying the heat transfer processes and predicting the maximum spent fuel element surface temperature in a spent fuel assembly (SFA) transported in a dry cast, model experiments have been performed with a gas filled model cask containing a simplified electrically heated model of a WWER-type SFA with 90 fuel elements. The temperature distribution of the SFA model is measured for different heat rates under vacuum in the model cask, and under normal pressure and overpressure (0.1-0.7 MPa) for several cooling gases (air, argon, helium) in order to separately investigate heat transfer processes by radiation and convection/conduction. The results were compared with the calculations. Computer programs as well as simplified calculation methods for temperature prediction were developed and checked. The results obtained are also useful for thermal analyses in the field of the dry storage of SFAs in a cask or a can. (author)

  8. Dry Cask Storage Characterization Project - Phase 1: CASTOR V/21 Cask Opening and Examination

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    This report documents visual examination and testing conducted in 1999 and early 2000 at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) on a Gesellschaft fuer Nuklear Service (GNS) CASTOR V/21 pressurized water reactor (PWR) spent fuel dry storage cask. The purpose of the examination and testing is to develop a technical basis for renewal of licenses and Certificates of Compliance for dry storage systems for spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste at independent spent fuel storage installation sites. The examination and testing was conducted to assess the condition of the cask internal and external surfaces, cask contents consisting of 21 Westinghouse PWR spent fuel assemblies from Dominion's (formerly named Virginia Power) Surry Power Station and cask concrete storage pad. The assemblies have been continuously stored in the CASTOR cask since 1985. Cask exterior surface and selected fuel assembly temperatures, and cask surface gamma and neutron dose rates were measured. Cask external/internal surfaces, fuel basket components including accessible weldments, fuel assembly exteriors, and primary lid seals were visually examined. Selected fuel rods were removed from one fuel assembly, visually examined, and then shipped to Argonne National Laboratory for nondestructive, destructive, and mechanical examination. Cask interior crud samples and helium cover gas samples were collected and analyzed. The results of the examination and testing indicate the concrete storage pad, CASTOR V/21 cask, and cask contents exhibited sound structural and seal integrity and that long-term storage has not caused detectable degradation of the spent fuel cladding or the release of gaseous fission products between 1985 and 1999

  9. A cask maintenance facility feasibility study

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    The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is developing a transportation system for spent nuclear fuel (SNF) and defense high level waste (HLW) as a part of the Federal Waste Management System (FWMS). In early 1988, a feasibility study was undertaken to design a stand-alone, ''green field'' facility for maintaining the FWMS casks. The feasibility study provided an initial layout facility design, an estimate of the construction cost, and an acquisition schedule for a Cask Maintenance Facility (CMF). The study also helped to define the interfaces between the transportation system and the waste generators, the repository, and a Monitored Retrievable Storage (MRS) facility. The data, design, and estimated costs resulting from the study have been organized for use in the total transportation system decision-making process. Most importantly, the feasibility study also provides a foundation for continuing design and planning efforts. Fleet servicing facility studies, operational studies from current cask system operators, a definition of the CMF system requirements, and the experience of others in the radioactive waste transportation field were used as a basis for the feasibility study. In addition, several cask handling facilities were visited to observe and discuss cask operations to establish the functions and methods of cask maintenance expected to be used in the facility. Finally, a peer review meeting was held at Oak Ridge, Tennessee in August, 1988, in which the assumptions, design, layout, and functions of the CMF were significantly refined. Attendees included representatives from industry, the repository and transportation operations

  10. Thermal fluid mixing behavior during medium break LOCA in evaluation of pressurized thermal shock

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    Jung, Jae Won; Bang, Young Seok; Seul, Kwang Won; Kim, Hho Jung [Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1998-12-31

    Thermal fluid mixing behavior during a postulated medium-size hot leg break loss of coolant accident is analyzed for the international comparative assessment study on pressurized thermal shock (PTS-ICAS) proposed by OECD-NEA. The applicability of RELAP5 code to analyze the thermal fluid mixing behavior is evaluated through a simple modeling relevant to the problem constraints. Based on the calculation result, the onset of thermal stratification is investigated using Theofanous`s empirical correlation. Sensitivity calculations using a fine node model and crossflow model are also performed to evaluate the modeling capability on multi-dimensional characteristics related to thermal fluid mixing. 6 refs., 8 figs. (Author)

  11. Building high-accuracy thermal simulation for evaluation of thermal comfort in real houses

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    Nguyen, Hoaison; Makino, Yoshiki; Lim, Azman Osman; TAN, Yasuo; Shinoda, Yoichi

    2013-01-01

    Thermal comfort is an essential aspect for the control and verification of many smart home services. In this research, we design and implement simulation which models thermal environment of a smart house testbed. Our simulation can be used to evaluate thermal comfort in various conditions of home environment. In order to increase the accuracy of the simulation, we measure thermal-related parameters of the house such as temperature, humidity, solar radiation by the use of sensors and perform p...

  12. The development of an international standard problem set for thermal code evaluation

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    During a preparatory meeting in Paris on June 21--22, 1979, interest was expressed by most Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) member countries in exchanging information and experience on various aspects of spent fuel transportation. The result of this meeting was the establishment of working groups under the auspices of the Committee on Reactor Physics (CRP) in the areas of heat transfer, criticality, and shielding. The heat transfer group was established to define a set of cask-like thermal problems and to provide solutions. The problems set and its solutions are available to benchmark computer codes. 14 figs., 1 tab

  13. 78 FR 63408 - List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Transnuclear, Inc. Standardized NUHOMS® Cask System

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    2013-10-24

    ... COMMISSION 10 CFR Part 72 RIN 3150-AJ10 List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Transnuclear, Inc.... Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Transnuclear, Inc. Standardized NUHOMS Cask System listing within the ``List of Approved Spent Fuel...

  14. Castor-1C spent fuel storage cask decay heat, heat transfer, and shielding analyses

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    This report documents the decay heat, heat transfer, and shielding analyses of the Gesellschaft fuer Nuklear Services (GNS) CASTOR-1C cask used in a spent fuel storage demonstration performed at Preussen Elektra's Wurgassen nuclear power plant. The demonstration was performed between March 1982 and January 1984, and resulted in cask and fuel temperature data and cask exterior surface gamma-ray and neutron radiation dose rate measurements. The purpose of the analyses reported here was to evaluate decay heat, heat transfer, and shielding computer codes. The analyses consisted of (1) performing pre-look predictions (predictions performed before the analysts were provided the test data), (2) comparing ORIGEN2 (decay heat), COBRA-SFS and HYDRA (heat transfer), and QAD and DOT (shielding) results to data, and (3) performing post-test analyses if appropriate. Even though two heat transfer codes were used to predict CASTOR-1C cask test data, no attempt was made to compare the two codes. The codes are being evaluated with other test data (single-assembly data and other cask data), and to compare the codes based on one set of data may be premature and lead to erroneous conclusions

  15. The impact of using reduced-capacity baskets on cask fleet size and cask fleet mix

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    The Civilian Radioactive Waste Management System transportation system will encounter a wide range of spent fuel characteristics. Since the Initiative I casks are being designed to transport 10-year-old fuel with a burnup of 35,000 MWd/MTU, there is a good likelihood that a number of the cask shipments will need to be derated in order to meet the Nuclear Regulatory Commission radiation guidelines. This report discusses the impact of cask derating by using reduced-capacity baskets. Cask derating, while enhancing the ability to move spent fuel with a wider range of age and burnup characteristics, increases the number of shipments; the amount of equipment (cask bodies, baskets, etc.); and the number of visits to both shipping and receiving sites required to transport a specific amount of spent fuel

  16. Advanced handling technology project and implications for cask design

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    This paper describes the results of the ongoing Advanced Handling Technologies Project (AHTP) at Sandia. AHTP was initiated in 1986 to explore the use of advanced robotic systems to perform cask handling operations at radioactive waste handling facilities and to provide guidance to cask designers regarding the impact of robotic handling on cask design. The proof of concept systems developed in AHTP are intended to extrapolate from currently available commercial systems to those that would be available by the time than an actual repository would be open for operation. These systems provide test facilities for the investigation of the robotic handling of alternate cask design features. The following sections describe (1) the approach used in AHTP to select operations for proof of concept robotic systems and to identify the cask design implications, (2) the separate proof of concept robotic systems developed in AHTP, and (3) preliminary insights into the impact of cask system design features on the feasibility of robotic performance of cask handling operations. The main conclusions from AHTP to date regarding design for remote handling are: (1) incorporation of cask system design features which facilitate robotic cask handling can be achieved with minimal impact on cask functional features, (2) proper cask design allows robotic cask handling operations from manipulation of cask tie-down mechanisms to radiation surveys to be performed quickly and reliably without direct human intervention, and (3) design for remote handling also facilitates manual handling operations

  17. Systems evaluation of thermal bus concepts

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    Stalmach, D. D.

    1982-01-01

    Thermal bus concepts, to provide a centralized thermal utility for large, multihundred kilowatt space platforms, were studied and the results are summarized. Concepts were generated, defined, and screened for inclusion in system level thermal bus trades. Parametric trade studies were conducted in order to define the operational envelope, performance, and physical characteristics of each. Two concepts were selected as offering the most promise for thermal bus development. All of four concepts involved two phase flow in order to meet the required isothermal nature of the thermal bus. Two of the concepts employ a mechanical means to circulate the working fluid, a liquid pump in one case and a vapor compressor in another. Another concept utilizes direct osmosis as the driving force of the thermal bus. The fourth concept was a high capacity monogroove heat pipe. After preliminary sizing and screening, three of these concepts were selected to carry into the trade studies. The monogroove heat pipe concept was deemed unsuitable for further consideration because of its heat transport limitations. One additional concept utilizing capillary forces to drive the working fluid was added. Parametric system level trade studies were performed. Sizing and weight calculations were performed for thermal bus sizes ranging from 5 to 350 kW and operating temperatures in the range of 4 to 120 C. System level considerations such as heat rejection and electrical power penalties and interface temperature losses were included in the weight calculations.

  18. Database of refractories for explosive and fire resistant steel cask for packaging and transportation of radioactive and hazardous materials

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    This paper contains the results of mechanical and thermophysical properties investigations of the dense and porous refractory concretes (silicate (building), chamotte (metallurgical), alumina, zirconia (including ceramics)). Porosities of these materials were 20 - 50 %. Compression strength, thermal conductivity, thermal expansion, heat capacity and operation temperature for this refractories are discussed. The split-Hopkinson bar method was used for investigation of the strain rate about 1000 sec-1. For damage assessment of the severe events connected with overheating of the metal and oxides contents of cask and terrorist attack by means of the anti-tank weapons to cask we discussed resistance of a zirconia ceramics(concrete) to melted mixture Zr, UO2, Fe2O3 and Monroe jet. Our results testify that the porous zirconia ceramics can use in the impact limiter system of casks under mechanical, thermal and chemical attacks. (authors)

  19. Final version dry cask storage study

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    This report was prepared in response to Section 5064 of the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 1987 (the Amendments Act--Public Law 100-203), which directs the Secretary of Energy to conduct a study of the use of dry-cask-storage technology for storing spent fuel at the sites of civilian nuclear reactors until a geologic repository is available. In conducting this study, whose results are being reported to the Congress, the Secretary was to consider such factors as costs, effects on human health and the environment, and the extent to which the Nuclear Waste Fund can and should be used to provide funds for at-reactor storage. In addition, the Secretary was to consult with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), include NRC comments in the report, and solicit the views of State and local governments and the public. The study performed in response to these requirements was based largely on data published by the DOE or the NRC or included in documents issued by the DOE. Among the DOE documents are the 1987 MRS proposal to the Congress and a subsequent report, prepared to supply the Congress with additional information on the MRS facility. Because in evaluating dry storage at reactor sites it is necessary to take into account other options for meeting storage needs, this study covered all forms of at-reactor storage. 107 refs., 15 figs., 10 tabs

  20. Initial version, dry cask storage study

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    This report was prepared to study the use of dry cask storage for storing spent fuel at the sites of civilian nuclear reactors until a geologic repository is available. In conducting this study, whose results are to be reported to the Congress, the Secretary is to consider such factors as costs, effects on human health and the environment, and the extent to which the Nuclear Waste Fund can and should be used to provide funds for at-reactor storage. In addition, the Secretary is to consult with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), include NRC comments in the report, and solicit the views of State and local governments and the public. The study performed in response to these requirements was based largely on data published by the NRC or included in documents issued by the DOE. Among the DOE documents are the MRS proposal to the Congress and a subsequent report, prepared to supply the Congress with additional information on the MRS facility. Because in evaluating dry storage at reactor sites it is necessary to take into account other options for meeting storage needs, this study covered all forms of at-reactor storage. 85 refs., 5 figs, 12 tabs

  1. A study on the free drop impact of a cask using commercial FEA codes

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    The package used to transport radioactive materials, which is called a cask, must be designed to keep its contents safe under normal and hypothetical accident conditions. The design requirements of the cask are verified by test or finite element analysis (FEA). Comparing evaluation procedures for the safety of a new cask, the cost of FEA is generally much less than that test. Therefore, FEA is mainly used to verify safety of a cask under the considered conditions. However, one commercial FEA code may show different results from another FEA code for the same problem due to the modeler's several assumptions for simplifying actual states into the FE model and due to modeling technique. Materials of the components of a cask display elastic-plastic or elastic-perfectly plastic behavior under the considered conditions in which large deformation, impact and contact mechanism are included. The behavior is simulated with difficulty and may have different results depending on FEA codes. In this paper, finite element analysis is carried out for the 9-m free drop and the puncture condition under the hypothetical accident condition by using LS-DYNA3D and ABAQUS/Explicit. Energy and effective stress on each component are presented and compared between the two FEA codes, where the effective stress designates the maximum von Mises stress on inner and outer shells

  2. Safety analysis report vitrified high level waste type B shipping cask

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    1995-03-01

    This Safety Analysis Report describes the design, analyses, and principle features of the Vitrified High Level Waste (VHLW) Cask. In preparing this report a detailed evaluation of the design has been performed to ensure that all safety, licensing, and operational goals for the cask and its associated Department of Energy program can be met. The functions of this report are: (1) to fully document that all functional and regulatory requirements of 10CFR71 can be met by the package; and (2) to document the design and analyses of the cask for review by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The VHLW Cask is the reusable shipping package designed by GNSI under Department of Energy contract DE-AC04-89AL53-689 for transportation of Vitrified High Level Waste, and to meet the requirements for certification under 10CFR71 for a Type B(U) package. The VHLW cask has been designed as packaging for transport of canisters of Vitrified High Level Waste solidified at Department of Energy facilities.

  3. Welding issues associated with design, fabrication and loading of spent fuel storage casks

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    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has observed a number of welding issues associated with design, fabrication, and loading of spent fuel storage casks. These emerging welding-related issues involving a certain dry cask storage system have challenged the safety basis for which NRC approved the casks for storage of spent nuclear fuel. During closure welding, problems have been encountered with cracking. Although the cracks have been attributed to several causes including material suitability, joint restraint and residual stresses, NRC believes hydrogen-induced cracking is the most likely explanation. In light of these cracking events and the potential for flaws in any welding process, NRC sought verification of the corrective actions and the integrity of the lid closure welds before allowing additional casks to be loaded. As a result, the affected utility companies modified the closure welding procedures and developed an acceptable ultrasonic inspection (UT) method. In addition, the casks already loaded at three power reactor sites will require additional non-destructive examinations (NDE) to determine their suitability for continued use. NRC plans to evaluate the generic implications of this issue for current designs and for those in the licensing process. (author)

  4. Analysis of DCI cask drop test onto reinforced concrete pad

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    In a cask-storage facility, a cask may be subjected to an impact load as a result of a free drop onto the floor because of cask mishandling. We performed drop tests of casks onto a reinforced concrete (RC) slab representing the floor of a facility as well as simulation analysis [Kato et al]. This paper describes the details of the FEM analysis and calculated results and compares them with the drop test results. (J.P.N.)

  5. Ultrasonic inspection techniques for two weld closures proposed for RSSF waste storage casks

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    One method being considered for interim storage of high-level radioactive waste materials is to place these materials in large sealed stainless steel canisters and subsequently store these canisters in a second sealed steel storage cask. Weld procedures are proposed as the closure or seal for these vessels. Inspection of these closures to assure initial and long-term integrity of the closure welds presents a challenge to nondestructive testing. The environment is thermally (400 to 10000F) and radioactively (105 R/hr) hot necessitating remote inspection procedures. As a result of research work, ultrasonic test techniques were developed for inspecting the final weld closure of the waste cask. Special transducers, coupling techniques and fixturing were developed and demonstrated in a mockup test facility by remotely examining a 2-in. full penetration weld closure. The examination was performed at room ambient and at a temperature of 2000F. Testing at the desired temperature of 4000F was not completed due to a loss in transducer performance at temperatures in excess of 2000F. Upon completion of the mockup test demonstration, the cask was subjected to a drop test. The ultrasonic results of the pre- and post-examination of two weld closures (the 2-in. full penetration weld and the threaded plug with seal weld) are presented. After the completion of the drop test, both weld closures were radiographed. The radiographs verified the ultrasonic examination and the presence of weld defects in the same areas. Sectioning of the cask closure welds with metallographic verification was not completed at the time of this writing. As a result of the experience gained from the Retrievable Surface Storage Facility (RSSF) storage cask program, recommendations pertaining to the nondestructive engineering development program for Spent Unreprocessed Fuel (SURF) storage casks are presented

  6. Constor steel concrete sandwich cask concept for transport and storage of spent nuclear fuel

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    A spent nuclear fuel transport and storage sandwich cask concept has been developed together with the Russian company CKTI. Special consideration was given to an economical and effective way of manufacturing by using conventional mechanical engineering technologies and common materials. The main objective of this development was to fabricate these casks in countries not having highly specialized industries. Nevertheless, this sandwich cask concept fulfills both the internationally valid IAEA criteria for transportation and the German criteria for long-term intermediate storage. The basic cask concept has been designed for adaptation to different spent fuel specifications as well as handling conditions in the NPP. Recently, adaptations have been made for spent fuel from the RBMK and VVER reactors, and also for BWR spent fuel. The analyses of nuclear and thermal behaviour as well as of strength according to IAEA examination requirements (9-m-drop, 1-m-pin drop, 800 deg. C-fire test) and of the behaviour during accident scenarios at the storage site (drop, fire, gas cloud explosion, side impact) were carried out by means of recognized calculation methods and programmes. In a special experimental programme, the mechanical and thermodynamic properties of heavy concrete were examined and the reference values required for safety analyses were determined. The results of the safety analysis after drop tests according to IAEA-regulations as well as after 1 m-drops at the storage site were confirmed by means of a test programme using a scale model. The fabrication technology has been tested with help of a half scale cask model. The model has been prefabricated in Russia and completed in Germany. It has been shown that the CONSTOR cask can be fabricated in an effective and economic way. (authors)

  7. Releasable activity and maximum permissible leakage rate within a transport cask of Tehran Research Reactor fuel samples

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Containment of a transport cask during both normal and accident conditions is important to the health and safety of the public and of the operators. Based on IAEA regulations, releasable activity and maximum permissible volumetric leakage rate within the cask containing fuel samples of Tehran Research Reactor enclosed in an irradiated capsule are calculated. The contributions to the total activity from the four sources of gas, volatile, fines, and corrosion products are treated separately. These calculations are necessary to identify an appropriate leak test that must be performed on the cask and the results can be utilized as the source term for dose evaluation in the safety assessment of the cask.

  8. Thermal Evaluation of a Solarus PV-T collector

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    Haddi, Jihad

    2013-01-01

    Low concentrator PV-T hybrid systems produce both electricity and thermal energy; this fact increases the overall efficiency of the system and reduces the cost of solar electricity. These systems use concentrators which are optical devices that concentrate sunlight on to solar cells and reduce expensive solar cell area. This thesis work deals with the thermal evaluation of a PV-T collector from Solarus.Firstly the thermal efficiency of the low concentrator collector was characterized for the ...

  9. Criticality safety analysis of WWER-440 spent fuel cask with radial and axial burnup profile implementation

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    The impact of radial and axial burnup profile on the criticality of WWER-440 spent fuel cask is presented in the paper. The calculations are performed based on two AER Benchmark problems for WWER-440 irradiated fuel assembly. The radial zonewise dependent spent fuel inventory has been calculated by the NESSEL - NUKO code system. The axial dependent isotope concentrations have been determined by the modular code system SCALE4.4. For criticality calculations the SCALE4.4 has been applied. Calculations have been carried out for cask with 30 WWER-440 fuel assemblies with initial enrichment 3.6% of 235U and burnup up to 40 MWd/kgU. The influence of radial and axial burnup credit on the cask criticality has been evaluated

  10. Lesson Learned from Drop and Tip-Over Test of a Dry Storage Cask System

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    To study an appropriate storage system with the consideration of a nuclear power plant situation, a status evaluation of the technology and a feasibility study has been performed in Korea. As a part of doing these, a dry spent fuel storage cask has been developed. The dry storage cask under development consists of a cask body, a canister, and an in-canister structure. 24 fuel assemblies are stored in canister structure. The spacer disks in this in-canister structure are designed to dissipate the heat from the baskets and to provide a lateral support to the baskets. The support rods keep the spacer disks at an even interval. To assess a structural integrity after a hypothetical accident condition of this dry storage system, a 1/4 scale model is fabricated for the drop test. Drop tests of this test model were performed and the test results were also discussed

  11. ITER Upper Port Plug handling cask system assessment and design proposals

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    The current design of the ITER cask for Upper Port Plugs has been evaluated. Careful reduction of the number of mechanical degrees of freedom is an opportunity to relax the tolerances in the design, resulting in cost reduction and reliability increase. A new kinematical design for the tractor module has a higher stiffness to weight ratio, reduces actuator forces by a factor four and minimizes cross-talk between lift and rotation motion. Non-cantilevered handling is recommended to reduce wheel loads on the tractor by a factor six and to simplify guidance. At the system level the tubular guide (TG) is proposed, a semi-permanent 3.5 m long tube which is an extension of the Upper Port. Cask docking is simplified and the risk of the cask tilting is prevented. Redesigning the system concept is recommended and the TG looks promising. Since a system level redesign impacts the external interfaces, overall feasibility has to be investigated.

  12. Evaluation of thermal cameras for non-destructive thermal testing applications

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    Chrzanowski, K.; Park, S. N.

    2001-04-01

    Thermal cameras are nowadays often used in industry and science for non-destructive thermal testing (NDTT). There have been published, by the American Society for Testing of Materials, two standards that present detailed measurement procedures of the minimum resolvable temperature difference (MRTD) and the minimum detectable temperature difference (MDTD) of commercial thermal cameras for NDTT applications. However, the standards provide only very general guidelines about the use of the measured MRTD and MDTD values for evaluation of thermal cameras for NDTT applications. Precise methods that enable evaluation of a thermal imager for NDTT application on the basis of measurement results of the MRTD and the MDTD are presented in this paper. The methods enable estimation of probabilities of detection, orientation, recognition and identification of thermal anomalies generated by flaws in the materials imaged.

  13. Evaluation of properties and thermal stress field for thermal barrier coatings

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    王良; 齐红宇; 杨晓光; 李旭

    2008-01-01

    In order to get thermal stress field of the hot section with thermal barrier coating (TBCs), the thermal conductivity and elastic modulus of top-coat are the physical key properties. The porosity of top-coat was tested and evaluated under different high temperatures. The relationship between the microstructure (porosity of top-coat) and properties of TBCs were analyzed to predict the thermal properties of ceramic top-coat, such as thermal conductivity and elastic modulus. The temperature and stress field of the vane with TBCs were simulated using two sets of thermal conductivity data and elastic modulus, which are from literatures and this work, respectively. The results show that the temperature and stress distributions change with thermal conductivity and elastic modulus. The differences of maximum temperatures and stress are 6.5% and 8.0%, respectively.

  14. Safety analysis report for packaging (onsite) multicanister overpack cask

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    Edwards, W.S.

    1997-07-14

    This safety analysis report for packaging (SARP) documents the safety of shipments of irradiated fuel elements in the MUlticanister Overpack (MCO) and MCO Cask for a highway route controlled quantity, Type B fissile package. This SARP evaluates the package during transfers of (1) water-filled MCOs from the K Basins to the Cold Vacuum Drying Facility (CVDF) and (2) sealed and cold vacuum dried MCOs from the CVDF in the 100 K Area to the Canister Storage Building in the 200 East Area.

  15. Safety analysis report for packaging (onsite) multicanister overpack cask

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    This safety analysis report for packaging (SARP) documents the safety of shipments of irradiated fuel elements in the MUlticanister Overpack (MCO) and MCO Cask for a highway route controlled quantity, Type B fissile package. This SARP evaluates the package during transfers of (1) water-filled MCOs from the K Basins to the Cold Vacuum Drying Facility (CVDF) and (2) sealed and cold vacuum dried MCOs from the CVDF in the 100 K Area to the Canister Storage Building in the 200 East Area

  16. Safety analysis report for packaging (onsite) Castor GSF cask

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    The CASTOR GSF packaging was designed and fabricated to be a certified Type B(U) packaging and comply with the requirements of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for transport of up to five sealed canisters of vitrified radioactive materials. This onsite Safety Analysis Report for Packaging (SARP) provides the analysis and evaluations necessary to demonstrate that the casks, with the canister payload, meet the intent of the Type B packaging regulations set forth in 10 CFR 71 and therefore meet the onsite transportation safety requirements of WHC-CM-2-14, Hazardous Material Packaging and Shipping

  17. NUHOMS registered - MP197 transport cask

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    The NUHOMS registered -MP197 cask is an optimized transport design which can be loaded in the spent fuel pool (wet loading) or loaded the canister from the NUHOMS concrete modules at the ISFSI site. With impact limiters attached, the package can be transported within the states or world-wide. The NUHOMS registered -MP197 packaging can be used to transport either BWR or PWR canisters. The NUHOMS registered -MP197 cask is designed to the ASME B and PV Code and meets the requirements of Section III, Division 3 for Transport Packaging. The cask with impact limiters has undergone drop testing to verify the calculated g loadings during the 9m drops. The test showed good correlation with analytical results and demonstrate that the impact limiters stay in place and protect the package and fuel during the hypothetical accidents

  18. 78 FR 73379 - List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: HI-STORM 100 Cask System; Amendment No. 9

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    2013-12-06

    ... Storage of Spent Fuel at Power Reactor Sites'' (55 FR 29181; July 18, 1990). This rule also established a... of approved spent fuel storage casks in 10 CFR 72.214 (65 FR 25241; May 1, 2000). The environmental... 3150-AJ12 List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: HI-STORM 100 Cask System; Amendment No. 9...

  19. Hexagonal absorption cask for nuclear power

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    A hexagonal absorption cask for compact spent fuel storage is designed. The cask is made of austenitic stainless steel with a high boron content. One of the two sides of each of the six wall plates is longitudinally chamfered and attached to the inner face of the next wall plate in the hexagonal arrangement. The whole is welded together. This design secures that the absorption of the neutron flux in the radial direction will not be deteriorated if the boron content of the weld metal is reduced. (Z.S.). 2 figs

  20. Status of the Beneficial Uses Shipping System cask (BUSS)

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    The Beneficial Uses Shipping System cask is a Type B packaging developed by Sandia National Laboratories for the U.S. Department of Energy. The cask is designed to transport special form radioactive source capsules (cesium chloride and strontium fluoride) produced by the Department of Energy's Hanford Waste Encapsulation and Storage Facility. This paper describes the cask system and the analyses performed to predict the response of the cask in impact, puncture, and fire accident conditions as specified in the regulations. The cask prototype has been fabricated and Certificates of Compliance have been obtained

  1. The state of the Primary Degradation Factors and Models of Concrete Cask in Spent Fuel Dry Storage System

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    In South Korea, a total of twenty nuclear reactors are in operation; the cumulative amount of spent fuel is estimated to be 10,490 MTU in 2009. The full capacity of the waste storage is expected to be saturated in around 2016. However, a national strategy for spent fuel management has not yet been set down and high level waste (HLW) such as spent fuel will have to be stored at-reactor (AR) by re-racking. Recently an worldwide interest on the dry storage has increased especially around U.S. With a perspective of the material of the spent fuel dry storage cask, the system can be divided into two types of metal and concrete casks. The concrete type cask is a very attractive option because of the cost competitiveness of concrete material and its relatively long-term durability. Although the type of metal cask is chosen, the use of cementitious material is inevitable at least for the cask foundation and the facilities for the protection of dry storage structures. Upon being placed, the performance of concrete begins to deteriorate from the intrinsic change of cement and the physical/ chemical environmental conditions. Thus it is necessary to evaluate the durability of a concrete for the increase of reliability and safety of the whole system during the designed life time. Considering the dry storage system of spent fuel is the item which can create a lot of added value, the development of a dry storage cask is usually initiated by private enterprises among developed countries. The detail research results and specific design criteria for the safety assessment of a concrete cask have not been revealed to the public well. In this paper, the major expected degradation factors and related degradation models of concrete casks were investigated as part of the safety assessment by taking account of the site where Korea industrial nuclear power plants are located

  2. Evaluation of thermal-storage concepts for solar cooling applications

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    Hughes, P. J.; Morehouse, J. H.; Choi, M. K.; White, N. M.; Scholten, W. B.

    1981-10-01

    Various configuration concepts for utilizing thermal energy storage to improve the thermal and economic performance of solar cooling systems for buildings were analyzed. The storge concepts evaluated provide short-term thermal storge via the bulk containment of water or salt hydrates. The evaluations were made for both residential-size cooling systems (3-ton) and small commercial-size cooling systems (25-ton). The residential analysis considers energy requirements for space heating, space cooling and water heating, while the commercial building analysis is based only on energy requirements for space cooling. The commercial building analysis considered a total of 10 different thermal storage/solar systems, 5 each for absorption and Rankine chiller concepts. The residential analysis considered 4 thermal storage/solar systems, all utilizing an absorption chiller. The trade-offs considered include: cold-side versus hot-side storage, single vs multiple stage storage, and phase-change vs sensible heat storage.

  3. Thermal aging evaluation of casting stainless steel under BWR environment

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    Effect of thermal aging under BWR condition on material properties of casting stainless steel were evaluated by such as Charpy impact test, using replaced BWR component material. Solution heat treatment was performed to the same material and the material properties were obtained. Comparing each material test results, impact value of thermal aging material was lower than solution heat treatment material. By the results, thermal aging effect on material properties under BWR condition was confirmed. The material properties were compared with model equation using PLM evaluation and conservativeness of model equation was confirmed. (author)

  4. Application of ultrasonic techniques for evaluation of thermal fatigue crack

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    Damage in nuclear facilities during operation is caused by cyclic loadings due to mechanical or thermal fatigue. Fatigue damage is often related with loads, which were not taken into account in the design, e.g. temperature cycling arising from unexpected stratified flow conditions. Thermal stratification typically occurs in the surge line or the main feed water lines. The large number of thermal cycles with great amplitude produced by stratification raises some concerns about the damage induced by fatigue in these lines. Therefore, nondestructive technique should be employed for the evaluation of residual life to guarantee its integrity. In this study, an ultrasonic technique was applied for evaluation of thermal fatigue cracks in stainless steel used for piping systems in the nuclear power plant. Quantitative evaluation of thermal fatigue cracks is available by the employment of advanced ultrasonic techniques equipped with digital signal processing techniques such as wavelet transform and neural network method in ultrasonic testing. In this investigation, fatigue cracks were generated in austenitic stainless steel specimen by mechanical load and thermal cycle, and the thermal fatigue cracks were quantitatively evaluated by the ultrasonic technique with the digital signal processing method. (orig.)

  5. Behavior of spent fuel and cask components after extended periods of dry storage

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    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) promulgated 10 CFR Part 72, Title 10, for the independent storage of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste outside reactor spent fuel pools. Part 72 currently limits the license term for an independent spent fuel storage installation to 20 years from the date of issuance. Licenses may be renewed by the Commission at or before the expiration of the license term. Applications for renewal of a license should be filed at least two years prior to the expiration of the existing license. In preparation for possible license renewal, the NRC Office of Nuclear Material and Safeguards, Spent Fuel Project Office, is developing the technical basis for renewals of licenses and Certificates of Compliance for dry storage systems for spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste at independent spent fuel storage installation sites. An analysis of past performance of selected components of these systems is required as part of that technical basis. In the years 1980 through the early 1990, the Department of Energy (DOE) procured four prototype dry storage casks for testing at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL): Castor-V/21, MC-10, TN-24P, and VSC-17. The primary purpose of the testing was to benchmark thermal and radiological codes and to determine the thermal and radiological characteristics of the casks. A series of examinations in 1999 and early 2000 to investigate the integrity of the Castor V/21 cask were undertaken. There is no evidence of significant degradation of the Castor V/21 cask systems important to safety from the time of initial loading of the cask in 1985 up to the time of testing in 1999. (author)

  6. Evaluating local and overall thermal comfort in buildings using thermal manikins

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    Foda, E.

    2012-07-01

    Evaluation methods of human thermal comfort that are based on whole-body heat balance with its surroundings may not be adequate for evaluations in non-uniform thermal conditions. Under these conditions, the human body's segments may experience a wide range of room physical parameters and the evaluation of the local (segmental) thermal comfort becomes necessary. In this work, subjective measurements of skin temperature were carried out to investigate the human body's local responses due to a step change in the room temperature; and the variability in the body's local temperatures under different indoor conditions and exposures as well as the physiological steady state local temperatures. Then, a multi-segmental model of human thermoregulation was developed based on these findings to predict the local skin temperatures of individuals' body segments with a good accuracy. The model predictability of skin temperature was verified for steady state and dynamic conditions using measured data at uniform neutral, cold and warm as well as different asymmetric thermal conditions. The model showed very good predictability with average absolute deviation ranged from 0.3-0.8 K. The model was then implemented onto the control system of the thermal manikin 'THERMINATOR' to adjust the segmental skin temperature set-points based on the indoor conditions. This new control for the manikin was experimentally validated for the prediction of local and overall thermal comfort using the equivalent temperature measure. THERMINATOR with the new control mode was then employed in the evaluation of localized floor-heating system variants towards maximum energy efficiency. This aimed at illustrating a design strategy using the thermal manikin to find the optimum geometry and surface area of a floor-heater for a single seated person. Furthermore, a psychological comfort model that is based on local skin temperature was adapted for the use with the model of human

  7. Transportation accident response of a high-capacity truck cask for spent fuel

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    Two of the primary goals of this study were (i) to check the structural and thermal performance of the GA-4 cask in a broad range of accidents and (ii) to carry out a severe-accidents analysis as had been addressed in the Modal Study but now using a specific recent cask design and using current-generation computer models and capabilities. At the same time, it was desired to compare the accident performance of the Ga-4 cask to that of the generic truck cask analyzed in the Modal Study. The same range of impact and fire accidents developed in the Modal Study was adopted for this study. The accident-description data base of the Modal Study categorizes accidents into types of collisions with mobile or fixed objects, non-collision accidents, and fires. The mechanical modes of damage may be via crushing, impact, or puncture. The fire occurrences in the Modal Study data are based on truck accident statistics. The fire types are taken to be pool fires of petroleum products from fuel tanks and/or cargoes

  8. Thermal Protection Systems Nondestructive Evaluation Tool Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — To address NASA's need for evaluation of bondline and in-depth integrity for lightweight rigid and/or flexible ablative materials, Physical Optics Corporation (POC)...

  9. Thermal fatigue evaluation of piping system tee-connections (THERFAT)

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    Thermal fatigue is one significant long-term degradation mechanism in nuclear power plants (NPP), in particular, as operating plants become older and life time extension activities have been initiated. In general, the common thermal fatigue issues are understood and controlled by plant instrumentation systems. However, incidents in some plants indicate that certain piping system Tees are susceptible to turbulent temperature mixing effects that cannot be adequately monitored by common thermocouple instrumentation. The THERFAT project (Thermal fatigue evaluation of piping system Tee-connections) had been initiated to advance the accuracy and reliability of thermal fatigue load determination and to outline a science based but still practical methodology for managing thermal fatigue risks in Tee-connections susceptible to high cyclic temperature fluctuations. The THERFAT project was carried out by 16 international Partners (utilities, plants vendors/manufacturers, consultant engineers, research institutes) as a cost shared action funded by the European Commission. (orig.)

  10. Safety analysis of casks under extreme impact conditions

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    The determination of the inherent safety of casks also under extreme impact conditions has been of increasing interest since the terrorist attacks from 11th September 2001. For nearly three decades BAM has been investigating cask safety under severe accident conditions like drop tests from more than 9 m onto different targets and without impact limiters as well as artificially damaged prototype casks. One of the most critical scenarios for a cask is the centric impact of a dynamic load onto the lid seal system. This can be caused e.g. by direct aircraft crash or its engine as well as by an impact due to the collapse of a building e.g. a nuclear facility storage hall. In this context BAM is developing methods to calculate the deformation of cask components and - with respect to leak tightness - relative displacements between the metallic seals and their counterparts. This paper presents reflections on modelling of cask structures for Finite Element analyses and discusses calculated results of stresses and deformations. Another important aspect is the behaviour of a cask under a lateral impact by aircraft and fragments of a building. Examples of the kinetic reaction (cask acceleration due to the fragments, subsequent contact with neighbouring structures like ground, buildings or casks) are shown and discussed in correlation to cask stresses which are to be expected

  11. Testing and evaluation of thermal cameras for absolute temperature measurement

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    Chrzanowski, Krzysztof; Fischer, Joachim; Matyszkiel, Robert

    2000-09-01

    The accuracy of temperature measurement is the most important criterion for the evaluation of thermal cameras used in applications requiring absolute temperature measurement. All the main international metrological organizations currently propose a parameter called uncertainty as a measure of measurement accuracy. We propose a set of parameters for the characterization of thermal measurement cameras. It is shown that if these parameters are known, then it is possible to determine the uncertainty of temperature measurement due to only the internal errors of these cameras. Values of this uncertainty can be used as an objective criterion for comparisons of different thermal measurement cameras.

  12. Shielding benchmarks analysis for transport/storage casks

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    The dose rate measurements of the TN 12/2, TN 28 VT and FS 65 has been used to evaluate the calculational procedures of Transnuclaire (TN). The three-dimensional (3D) Monte Carlo code TRIPOLI-3.4 which is used to optimize the shielding of TN casks, is applied to the analysis of a series of benchmarks. In the same cases the one-dimensional (1D) Sn code SN1D and the point kernel code MERCURE-V (3D) used for the more simplified calculations, are checked by the comparison with the measurements. The multi-group approximation used by the above codes, in order to reduces nuclear data, introduces errors due to the neutron cross-sections resonance treatment and the repartition of the gamma-ray spectrum (discrete) into an energy group structure. For a cask consisting of an iron shell of 250 mm of thickness, neutron dose rates can been underestimated of 50% if the resonances of the iron cross sections for high energy (above 1 MeV) are not taken into account. Also, depending on the energy group structure, gamma-ray dose rates can be over-estimated or under-estimated by the repartition of the gamma rays. The comparisons between measured and calculated dose rates are closer than 20% for the Monte Carlo calculations, 50% for the Sn calculations (1D) and a factor of 2 for the point kernel calculations. (author)

  13. Evaluation of Structure Influence on Thermal Conductivity of Thermal Insulating Materials from Renewable Resources

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    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available The development of new thermal insulation materials needs to evaluate properties and structure of raw material, technological factors that make influence on the thermal conductivity of material. One of the most promising raw materials for production of insulation material is straw. The use of natural fibres in insulation is closely linked to the ecological building sector, where selection of materials is based on factors including recyclable, renewable raw materials and low resource production techniques In current work results of research on structure and thermal conductivity of renewable resources for production thermal insulating materials are presented. Due to the high abundance of renewable resources and a good its structure as raw material for thermal insulation materials barley straw, reeds, cattails and bent grass stalks are used. Macro- and micro structure analysis of these substances is performed. Straw bales of these materials are used for determining thermal conductivity. It was found that the macrostructure has the greatest effect on thermal conductivity of materials. Thermal conductivity of material is determined by the formation of a bale due to the large amount of pores among the stalks of the plant, inside the stalk and inside the stalk wall.http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.17.2.494

  14. Impact Analyses and Tests of Metal Cask Considering Aircraft Engine Crash - 12308

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    The structural integrity of a dual purpose metal cask currently under development by the Korea Radioactive Waste Management Cooperation (KRMC) is evaluated through analyses and tests under a high-speed missile impact considering the targeted aircraft crash conditions. The impact conditions were carefully chosen through a survey on accident cases and recommendations from the literature. The missile impact velocity was set at 150 m/s, and two impact orientations were considered. A simplified missile simulating a commercial aircraft engine is designed from an impact load history curve provided in the literature. In the analyses, the focus is on the evaluation of the containment boundary integrity of the metal cask. The analyses results are compared with the results of tests using a 1/3 scale model. The results show very good agreements, and the procedure and methodology adopted in the structural analyses are validated. While the integrity of the cask is maintained in one evaluation where the missile impacts the top side of the free standing cask, the containment boundary is breached in another case in which the missile impacts the center of the cask lid in a perpendicular orientation. A safety assessment using a numerical simulation of an aircraft engine crash into spent nuclear fuel storage systems is performed. A commercially available explicit finite element code is utilized for the dynamic simulation, and the strain rate effect is included in the modeling of the materials used in the target system and missile. The simulation results show very good agreement with the test results. It is noted that this is the first test considering an aircraft crash in Korea. (authors)

  15. Scoping design analyses for optimized shipping casks containing 1-, 2-, 3-, 5-, 7-, or 10-year-old PWR spent fuel

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    Bucholz, J.A.

    1983-01-01

    This report details many of the interrelated considerations involved in optimizing large Pb, Fe, or U-metal spent fuel shipping casks containing 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, or 10-year-old PWR fuel assemblies. Scoping analyses based on criticality, shielding, and heat transfer considerations indicate that some casks may be able to hold as many as 18 to 21 ten-year-old PWR fuel assemblies. In the criticality section, a new type of inherently subcritical fuel assembly separator is described which uses hollow, borated stainless-steel tubes in the wall-forming structure between the assemblies. In another section, details of many n/..gamma.. shielding optimization studies are presented, including the optimal n/..gamma.. design points and the actual shielding requirements for each type of cask as a function of the age of the spent fuel and the number of assemblies in the cask. Multigroup source terms based on ORIGEN2 calculations at these and other decay times are also included. Lastly, the numerical methods and experimental correlations used in the steady-state and transient heat transfer analyses are fully documented, as are pertinent aspects of the SCOPE code for Shipping Cask Optimization and Parametric Evaluation. (While only casks for square, intact PWR fuel assemblies were considered in this study, the SCOPE code may also be used to design and analyze casks containing canistered spent fuel or other waste material. An abbreviated input data guide is included as an appendix).

  16. Scoping design analyses for optimized shipping casks containing 1-, 2-, 3-, 5-, 7-, or 10-year-old PWR spent fuel

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    This report details many of the interrelated considerations involved in optimizing large Pb, Fe, or U-metal spent fuel shipping casks containing 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, or 10-year-old PWR fuel assemblies. Scoping analyses based on criticality, shielding, and heat transfer considerations indicate that some casks may be able to hold as many as 18 to 21 ten-year-old PWR fuel assemblies. In the criticality section, a new type of inherently subcritical fuel assembly separator is described which uses hollow, borated stainless-steel tubes in the wall-forming structure between the assemblies. In another section, details of many n/ν shielding optimization studies are presented, including the optimal n/ν design points and the actual shielding requirements for each type of cask as a function of the age of the spent fuel and the number of assemblies in the cask. Multigroup source terms based on ORIGEN2 calculations at these and other decay times are also included. Lastly, the numerical methods and experimental correlations used in the steady-state and transient heat transfer analyses are fully documented, as are pertinent aspects of the SCOPE code for Shipping Cask Optimization and Parametric Evaluation. [While only casks for square, intact PWR fuel assemblies were considered in this study, the SCOPE code may also be used to design and analyze casks containing canistered spent fuel or other waste material. An abbreviated input data guide is included as an appendix

  17. An assessment methodology for thermal energy storage evaluation

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    Brown, D.R.; Dirks, J.A.; Drost, M.K.; Spanner, G.E.; Williams, T.A.

    1987-11-01

    This report documents an assessment methodology for evaluating the cost, performance, and overall economic feasibility of thermal energy storage (TES) concepts. The methodology was developed by Thermal Energy Storage Evaluation Program personnel at Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) for use by PNL and other TES concept evaluators. The methodology is generically applicable to all TES concepts; however, specific analyses may require additional or more detailed definition of the ground rules, assumptions, and analytical approach. The overall objective of the assessment methodology is to assist in preparing equitable and proper evaluations of TES concepts that will allow developers and end-users to make valid decisions about research and development (R and D) and implementation. The methodology meets this objective by establishing standard approaches, ground rules, assumptions, and definitions that are analytically correct and can be consistently applied by concept evaluators. 15 refs., 4 figs., 13 tabs.

  18. Uncertainty Evaluation for Core Thermal Power in a Research Reactor

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    The Jordan Research and Training Reactor (JRTR) also has three separated and independent channels of the neutron detectors to measure the core power. To calibrate these detectors, the thermal power of Primary Cooling System (PCS) which cools down the heat generated in reactor core is used as calibration reference. The core thermal power can be estimated by the measured values of the mass flow rate, core inlet temperature, and core outlet temperature of coolant in the PCS. In general, the uncertainty of the core thermal power is required to be controlled below a certain value. To meet this requirement, the uncertainty of core thermal power should be evaluated based on the uncertainty of the measured parameters. In this paper, the uncertain evaluation is conducted with variation of the uncertainty of the measured parameters such as mass flow rate, core inlet temperature, core outlet temperature. In addition, the numbers of inlet and outlet temperature are considered to get a higher allowable uncertainty of temperature sensors. The core thermal power uncertainty has been valuated according to measuring parameters such as mass flow rate, temperatures, and number of RTDs. In this parametric study, allowable uncertainties for measuring devices have been obtained to guarantee 5% of the core thermal power uncertainty

  19. Uncertainty Evaluation for Core Thermal Power in a Research Reactor

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    Lee, Sunil; Seo, Kyoung-Woo; Kim, Seong-Hoon; Chi, Dae-Young; Park, Cheol [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-05-15

    The Jordan Research and Training Reactor (JRTR) also has three separated and independent channels of the neutron detectors to measure the core power. To calibrate these detectors, the thermal power of Primary Cooling System (PCS) which cools down the heat generated in reactor core is used as calibration reference. The core thermal power can be estimated by the measured values of the mass flow rate, core inlet temperature, and core outlet temperature of coolant in the PCS. In general, the uncertainty of the core thermal power is required to be controlled below a certain value. To meet this requirement, the uncertainty of core thermal power should be evaluated based on the uncertainty of the measured parameters. In this paper, the uncertain evaluation is conducted with variation of the uncertainty of the measured parameters such as mass flow rate, core inlet temperature, core outlet temperature. In addition, the numbers of inlet and outlet temperature are considered to get a higher allowable uncertainty of temperature sensors. The core thermal power uncertainty has been valuated according to measuring parameters such as mass flow rate, temperatures, and number of RTDs. In this parametric study, allowable uncertainties for measuring devices have been obtained to guarantee 5% of the core thermal power uncertainty.

  20. Analysis of the non-cylindrical GA-4 and GA-9 spent fuel casks

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    DOE's Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM) has awarded General Atomics (GA) a contract to develop the GA-4 and GA-9 legal weight truck (LWT) transportation system to transport pressurized-water-reactor (PWR) and boiling-water-reactor (BWR) spent fuels. The GA-4 and GA-9 Casks maximize cargo capacity while complying with the weight limits imposed on legal weight truck transport. These casks will carry up to 4 PWR or 9 BWR spent fuel assemblies, a capacity four times greater than comparable existing designs. The approach to the structural analysis of a non-cylindrical cross-section differs from a cylindrical design. These differences include: More orientations are evaluated for impact analyses; the structural analyses are more complex; and applicable criteria are more conservative and some require additional development. GA's structural analyses of the GA-4 and GA-9 Casks address each of these analytical differences, resulting in casks that meet the criteria imposed by applicable regulatory guides and the ASME Code. When necessary, we have confirmed our analytical approach with component testing. GA will obtain further confirmation during model testing in 1990. 2 refs., 7 figs

  1. Criticality calculations of various spent fuel casks - possibilities for burn up credit implementation

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    A methodology for criticality safety analysis of spent fuel casks with possibilities for burnup credit implementation is presented. This methodology includes the world well-known and applied program systems: NESSEL-NUKO for depletion and SCALE-4.4 for criticality calculations. The abilities of this methodology to analyze storage and transportation casks with different type of spent fuel are demonstrated on the base of various tests. The depletion calculations have been carried out for the power reactors (WWER-440 and WWER-1000) and the research reactor IRT-2000 (C-36) fuel assemblies. The criticality calculation models have been developed on the basis of real fuel casks, designed by the leading international companies (for WWER-440 and WWER-1000 spent fuel assemblies), as well as for real a WWER-440 storage cask, applied at the 'Kozloduy' NPP. The results obtained show that the criticality safety criterion Keff less than 0.95 is satisfied for both: fresh and spent fuel. Besides the implementation of burnup credit allows to account for the reduced reactivity of spent fuel and to evaluate the conservatism of the fresh fuel assumption. (author)

  2. Validation of elastic-plastic computer analyses for use in nuclear waste shipping cask design

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    GA Technologies designed the Defense High Level Waste (DHLW) Truck Shipping Cask using state-of-the-art analytical techniques verified by model testing performed by Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). The DHLW cask has a thick-walled stainless steel body and incorporates integral stainless steel impact limiters that protect the two ends of the cask during the hypothetical accident condition 30-ft free drop. These integral impact limiters absorb the drop energy through gross plastic deformations. GA used elastic-plastic computer codes developed at Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore Laboratories, HONDOII and DYNA3D, to analyze for this non-linear behavior. In order to evaluate the analyses, GA developed elastic-plastic stress criteria that were adapted from the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Division I, Section III. This innovative design and analytical approach required test verification. Therefore, SNL performed 30-ft drop and puncture tests on a half-scale model of the DHLW cask. The testing confirmed that the analytical approach works and results in a safe, conservative design

  3. Frequency response function method for evaluation of thermal striping phenomena

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    A rational analysis method of thermal stress induced by fluid temperature fluctuation is developed, by utilizing frequency response characteristics of structures. High frequency components of temperature fluctuation are attenuated in the transfer process from fluids to structures. Low frequency components hardly induce thermal stress since temperature homogenization in structures. Based on investigations of frequency response mechanism of structures of fluid temperature, a frequency response function of structures was derived, which can predict stress amplitudes on structural surfaces from fluid temperature amplitudes and frequencies. This function is formulated by separation of variables, and is composed of an effective heat transfer function and an effective thermal stress one. The frequency response function method appears to evaluate thermal stress rationally and to give information on damageable frequency range of structures. (author)

  4. Size and transportation capabilities of the existing US cask fleet

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    This study investigates the current spent nuclear fuel cask fleet capability in the United States. In addition, it assesses the degree to which the current fleet would be available, as a contingency, until proposed Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management casks become operational. A limited fleet of ten spent fuel transportation casks is found to be readily available for use in Federal waste management efforts over the next decade

  5. Development of structural response diagram approach to evaluation of thermal stress caused by thermal striping

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    Kasahara, Naoto; Yacumpai, Apisara [Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Inst., Oarai, Ibaraki (Japan). Oarai Engineering Center; Takasho, Hideki

    1999-02-01

    At incomplete mixing area of high temperature and low temperature fluids near the surface of structures, temperature fluctuation of fluid gives thermal fatigue damage to wall structures. This thermohydraulic and thermomechanical coupled phenomenon is called thermal striping, which has so complex mechanism and sometimes causes crack initiation on the structural surfaces that rational evaluation methods are required for screening rules in design codes. In this study, frequency response characteristics of structures and its mechanism were investigated by both numerical and theoretical methods. Based on above investigation, a structural response diagram was derived, which can predict stress amplitude of structures from temperature amplitude and frequency of fluids. Furthermore, this diagram was generalized to be the Non-dimensional structural response diagram by introducing non-dimensional parameters such as Biot number, non-dimensional frequency, and non-dimensional stress. The use of the Non-dimensional structural response diagram appears to evaluate thermal stress caused by thermal striping, rapidly without structural analysis, and rationally with considering attenuation by non-stationary heat transfer and thermal unloading. This diagram can also give such useful information as sensitive frequency range to adjust coupled thermohydraulic and thermomechanical analysis models taking account of four kinds of attenuation factors: turbulent mixing, molecular diffusion, non-stationary heat transfer, and thermal unloading. (author)

  6. Evaluation of Polyesterimide Nanocomposites Using Methods of Thermal Analysis

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    Gornicka, B.; Gorecki, L.; Gryzlo, K.; Kaczmarek, D.; Wojcieszak, D.

    2016-02-01

    Polyesterimide resin applied for winding impregnation has been modified by incorporating the hydrophilic and hydrophobic nanosilica, montmorillonite and aluminium oxide. For assessment of the resins in liquid and cured states thermoanalytical methods TG/DSC were used. For pure and nanofilled resins the results of investigation of AFM topography, bond strength, dielectric strength and partial discharge resistance have been also presented. It was found that dielectric and mechanical properties of polyesterimide resin containing hydrophilic silica as well aluminium oxide were much improved as compared to pure resin. Based on our investigations we have found that the methods of thermal analysis may be very useful for evaluation of nanocomposites: DSC/TGA study of resins in the liquid state under dynamic conditions can be applied to pre-select nanocomposites; isothermal TG curves of cured resins can be utilized for thermal stability evaluation; in turn, TG study after thermal ageing of cured resins could confirm the barrier properties of nanocomposites.

  7. Drop test of transportable storage cask

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    It is being planned to transport the transportable storage casks again after their storage period of several decades, so metal gaskets are used as seal material in their lids in place of rubber o-rings which deteriorate during the storage period. Since the slightest dislocation of the lids causes seal performance deterioration in the metal gaskets, it is necessary to establish a simulation technology which accurately estimates the dislocation in order to design a rigid lid structure to protect against the impact loads under 9 m drop condition. A 1:3 scale model of the transportable storage cask developed by Hitz for BWR spent fuel rods were manufactured and 9 m drop tests were performed. Measured dislocations of the lids were confirmed within the allowable limit and they were found to be accurately simulated. (author)

  8. Transportation cask decontamination and maintenance at the potential Yucca Mountain repository

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    This study investigates spent fuel cask handling experience at existing nuclear facilities to determine appropriate cask decontamination and maintenance operations at the potential Yucca Mountain repository. These operations are categorized as either routine or nonroutine. Routine cask decontamination and maintenance tasks are performed in the cask preparation area at the repository. Casks are taken offline to a separate cask maintenance area for major nonroutine tasks. The study develops conceptual designs of the cask preparation area and cask maintenance area. The functions, layouts, and major features of these areas are also described

  9. Functions of the cask maintenance facility: A white paper

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    The shipping cask systems are the mobile components of the transportation system, designed to safely transport spent nuclear fuel between different facilities under both normal and accident conditions. The cask system will consist of the heavily shielded cask, the cask transport vehicle (truck trailer or railcar), and any associated ancillary equipment (covers, impact limiters, lifting devices, etc.). The cask and certain parts of the cask system must be operated within the limits imposed by a certificate of compliance (COC) granted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Each cask system must transport spent fuel safely during the life of the system. To maintain the operational effectiveness and safety of the cask systems, a cask maintenance facility (CMF) will be included as an integral part of the transportation system. The planning activity of the transportation system and the design effort of the CMF require that the functions to be performed by the CMF be explicitly defined. The purpose of this paper is to (1) define the potential transportation system functions to be performed at the CMF; (2) examine the impact of this functional definition on the overall transportation system; (3) identify any unresolved issues concerning the interaction of the CMF with other elements of the transportation system; and (4) make recommendations to resolve any unresolved issues so that decisions can be made early in the transportation system planning process

  10. Interfacing the existing cask fleet with the MRS

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    This paper reports that the Department of Energy (DOE) is considering the possibility of using the existing fleet of casks to achieve spent fuel receipt at the Monitored Retrievable Storage (MRS) facility. The existing cask fleet includes the NLI-1/2, the NAC-LWT, the TN-8 (and TN-8L), the TN-9, and the IF-300 casks. Other casks may be available, but their status is not certain. Use of the existing cask fleet at the MRS places additional design requirements on the system, and specifically affects the cask-to-MRS interface. The decision to use the existing cask fleet also places additional demands on training needs and operator certification, and the configuration management system. Some existing cask designs may not be able to mate with a bottom opening hot cell MRS. Use of the existing cask fleet also greatly increases the number of shipments that must be received, to the point that a facility larger than originally envisioned may be required

  11. Facility for the decontamination of fuel element transport casks

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    Before transporting them to the reprocessing plant the transport casks containing fuel assemblies are cleaned on the outside. This is achieved by means of a tank which can be closed and into which the transport cask is inserted. Within the tank the cask is standing on a roller drive mechanism with the aid of which it can be revolved. In the bottom, shell, and cover region there are adjustable nozzles by means of which the transport cask can be sprayed with washing water all-round. After cleaning, drying is performed at subatmospheric pressure by means of stationary hot-air nozzles also arranged in the tank. (DG)

  12. Studies and research concerning BNFP: cask handling equipment standardization

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    This report covers the activities of one of the sub-tasks within the Spent LWR Fuel Transportation Receiving, Handling, and Storage program. The sub-task is identified as Cask Handling Equipment Standardization. The objective of the sub-task specifies: investigate and identify opportunities for standardization of cask interface equipment. This study will examine the potential benefits of standardized yokes, decontamination barriers and special tools, and, to the extent feasible, standardized methods and software for handling the variety of casks presently available in the US fleet. The result of the investigations is a compilation of reports that are related by their common goal of reducing cask turnaround time

  13. Rail tiedown tests with heavy casks for radioactive shipments

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    A rail tiedown test program was conducted at the Savannah River Plant in July and August 1978. For each test, a 40- or 70-ton cask was secured on a railcar. The railcar was pushed to speeds up to 11 mph and allowed to couple to parked railcars simulating ordinary railyard operations. The test car carrying the cask was heavily instrumented to measure the accelerations and forces generated at strategically selected places. Eighteen test runs were made with different combinations of railcars, couplers, casks, speeds, and tiedown configurations. The major objectives of the test program were to (1) provide test data as a basis to develop a tiedown standard for rail cask shipments of radioactive materials and (2) collect dynamic data to support analytical models of the railcar cask tiedown system. The optimum tiedown configuration demonstrated for heavy casks was a combination of welded, fixed stops to secure the cask longitudinally and flexible cables to restrain vertical and lateral cask movement. Cables alone were inadequate to secure a heavy cask to a standard railcar, and bolting was found disadvantageous in several respects. The use of cushioning coupler mechanisms dramatically reduced the tiedown requirements for the rail coupling operation. The test program and general conclusions are discussed

  14. Analysis of burnup credit on spent fuel transport / storage casks - estimation of reactivity bias

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    Chemical analyses of high burnup UO2 (65 GWd/t) and MOX (45 GWd/t) spent fuel pins were carried out. Measured data of nuclides' composition from U234 to P 242 were used for evaluation of ORIGEN-2/82 code and a nuclear fuel design code (NULIF). Critically calculations were executed for transport and storage casks for 52 BWR or 21 PWR spent fuel assemblies. The reactivity biases were evaluated for axial and horizontal profiles of burnup, and historical void fraction (BWR), operational histories such as control rod insertion history, BPR insertion history and others, and calculational accuracy of ORIGEN-2/82 on nuclides' composition. This study shows that introduction of burnup credit has a large merit in criticality safety analysis of casks, even if these reactivity biases are considered. The concept of equivalent uniform burnup was adapted for the present reactivity bias evaluation and showed the possibility of simplifying the reactivity bias evaluation in burnup credit. (authors)

  15. MCO loading and cask loadout technical manual

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    A compilation of the technical basis for loading a multi-canister overpack (MCO) with spent nuclear fuel and then placing the MCO into a cask for shipment to the Cold Vacuum Drying Facility. The technical basis includes a description of the process, process technology that forms the basis for loading alternatives, process control considerations, safety considerations, equipment description, and a brief facility structure description

  16. MCO loading and cask loadout technical manual

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    PRAGA, A.N.

    1998-10-01

    A compilation of the technical basis for loading a multi-canister overpack (MCO) with spent nuclear fuel and then placing the MCO into a cask for shipment to the Cold Vacuum Drying Facility. The technical basis includes a description of the process, process technology that forms the basis for loading alternatives, process control considerations, safety considerations, equipment description, and a brief facility structure description.

  17. Concrete Spent Fuel Cask Criticality Calculation

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    A preliminary analysis of the concrete cask for the intermediate dry storage of the spent fuel of NPP Krsko should include an estimation of the effective multiplication factor. Assuming 16x16 fuel elements, 4.3% initial enrichment, 45 GWd/tU burnup and 10 years cooling time, a concrete spent fuel capacity of 10 spent fuel assemblies is proposed. Fuel assemblies are placed inside inner cavity in a 'basket' - a boron (1%) doped steel structure. Heavy concrete (25% Fe), 45 cm thick, is enclosed in a carbon steel shell. There is also a stainless steel (SS304) lining of the storage cavity. Isotope inventory of the spent fuel after a 10 years cooling time is calculated using ORIGEN-S functional module of the SCALE-4.2 code package. The effective multiplication factor keff of dry (helium filled) and wet (water filled) cask for fresh and used fuel is calculated using CSAS4 Monte Carlo method based control module of the same SCALE-4.2 code package. The obtained results of keff of the dry cask for fresh and spent fuel are well below the required 0.95 value, but those for the water filled cask are above this value. Therefore, several additional calculations of the keff varying the thickness of a boral basket structure which had replaced the stainless steel one were done. It turned out that at least a 1.5 cm thick boral wall was needed to meet the required 0.95 value for keff. (author)

  18. Evaluating transport coefficients in real time thermal field theory

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    Mallik, S

    2012-01-01

    Transport coefficients in a hadronic gas have been calculated earlier in the imaginary time formulation of thermal field theory. The steps involved are to relate the defining retarded correlation function to the corresponding time-ordered one and to evaluate the latter in the conventional perturbation expansion. Here we carry out both the steps in the real time formulation.

  19. Application of liquid crystals in thermal nondestructive evaluation

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    In recent years, thermal nondestructive evaluation using Cholestric liquid crystals have found wide applications in industry. Thermography using Cholesteric liquid crystals can be used for detection of nonbonds in metallic composites, hot spots in electronic circuits and preliminary examination of welded pressure vessels. This paper presents the results of experiments on thermography of components using encapsulated liquid crystals. (author)

  20. Dry storage cask - DIORIT - Swiss experience

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    A new approach that uses wet-dry-dry loading technology has been successfully demonstrated, including remote viewing and loading control. The experience gained allowed for comprehensive expeditious licensing, including transport and storage permissions. A measurements campaign of more than two years has been made on the loaded cask, confirming: heat transfer, shielding, leaktightness and fuel behavior; in May 1985 the cask was transported from the reactor DIORIT to a new Away From Reactor-AFR-storage facility in the authors premises, which by the way is the first of its kind in operation licensed. In spite of the rather complex situation with the DIORIT spent fuel and the extreme limitations in the reactor handling and loading facilities, the complete project was achieved in only 22 months; accounting for two years of monitoring and measurements, the whole project took only 3.8 years. This shows the high degree of maturity achieved in spent fuel dry storage in transport cask, and reflects the high degree of technology innovation that has been demonstrated and which can be transferred as required

  1. Evaluation of thermal radiation simulator rectangular pulse characterization methods

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    This paper discusses the thermal output of an aluminum powder/liquid oxygen Thermal Radiation Simulator (TRS) which is approximated to that of a rectangular pulse. The output varies as a function of time. The rise and fall times are not relatively abrupt. The problem is how to quantify the thermal output of the TRS into terms of rectangular pulse. Within the nuclear weapons effects community, flux, or the transient intensity of thermal radiation energy onto a surface, and fluence, the total energy irradiated on a surface over a given time, are the determining parameters for specifying or evaluating an article's survivability in the thermal environment. Four methods are used to determine the TRS output for these parameters, assuming the output to be a perfect rectangular pulse. It was essential to determine which of the four methods best quantified the thermal output average flux and fluence. The four methods were compared by a computational experiment run on a personal computer. The experiment was a simulation of five actual TRS traces irradiated onto a fictitious aluminum plate

  2. Radiological Risk Assessment and Cask Materials Qualification for Disposed Sealed Radioactive Sources Transport

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    The hazardous waste problem imposes to respect national and international agreed regulations regarding their transport, taking into account both for maintaining humans, goods and environment exposure under specified limits, during transport and specific additional operations, and also to reduce impact on the environment. The paper follows to estimate the radiological risk and cask materials qualification according to the design specifications for disposed sealed radioactive sources normal transport situation. The shielding analysis has been performed by using Oak Ridge National Laboratory's SCALE 5 programs package. For thermal analysis and cask materials qualification ANSYS computer code has been used. Results have been obtained under the framework of Advanced system for monitoring of hazardous waste transport on the Romanian territory Research Project which main objective consists in implementation of a complex dual system for on-line monitoring both for transport special vehicle and hazardous waste packages, with data automatic transmission to a national monitoring center

  3. High Burnup Dry Storage Cask Research and Development Project, Final Test Plan

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    2014-02-27

    EPRI is leading a project team to develop and implement the first five years of a Test Plan to collect data from a SNF dry storage system containing high burnup fuel.12 The Test Plan defined in this document outlines the data to be collected, and the storage system design, procedures, and licensing necessary to implement the Test Plan.13 The main goals of the proposed test are to provide confirmatory data14 for models, future SNF dry storage cask design, and to support license renewals and new licenses for ISFSIs. To provide data that is most relevant to high burnup fuel in dry storage, the design of the test storage system must mimic real conditions that high burnup SNF experiences during all stages of dry storage: loading, cask drying, inert gas backfilling, and transfer to the ISFSI for multi-year storage.15 Along with other optional modeling, SETs, and SSTs, the data collected in this Test Plan can be used to evaluate the integrity of dry storage systems and the high burnup fuel contained therein over many decades. It should be noted that the Test Plan described in this document discusses essential activities that go beyond the first five years of Test Plan implementation.16 The first five years of the Test Plan include activities up through loading the cask, initiating the data collection, and beginning the long-term storage period at the ISFSI. The Test Plan encompasses the overall project that includes activities that may not be completed until 15 or more years from now, including continued data collection, shipment of the Research Project Cask to a Fuel Examination Facility, opening the cask at the Fuel Examination Facility, and examining the high burnup fuel after the initial storage period.

  4. Evaluation of Thermal Margin for HANARO Core : Revision

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    During the commissioning and the start-up of the HANARO, various design parameters were confirmed and measured. For safer operation of HANARO and resolution of the CHF penalty issue which is one of unresolved licensing problems, thermal margins for normal and transient conditions were re-evaluated reflecting the commissioning and the start-up test results and the design modifications during operation. The re-evaluation shows that the HANARO meets the design criteria for ONB margin and fuel centerline temperature under normal condition. For upset condition, it also satisfies the safety limits for CHFR and fuel centerline temperature. This report is the revision of KAERI/TR-1382/99 on the evaluation of thermal margin for HANARO core

  5. Neutron shielding analysis for remote handled transuranic waste containers in facility casks at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

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    Neutron shielding characteristics of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant facility cask have been quantified for a variety of combinations of neutron sources and waste matrices which would potentially be handled in waste containers. The neutron attenuation and neutron environment of the waste container and the facility cask have been analyzed to ensure that the design requirement of neutron dose rate will be met under the combinations of the source and waste matrix conditions. The analyses considered the ranges of neutron source spectrum and waste matrices which combine to produce the minimum neutron shielding worth of the facility cask. One-dimensional analyses were performed with discrete ordinate transport theory methods using multigroup neutron cross section data. The results discussed in this report demonstrate the effect of source spectrum and waste container matrix on predicted neutron dose rates adjacent to the unshielded waste container and the surface of the facility cask. An evaluation of the uncertainties in predicted neutron dose rates is provided which results in an assessment of the maximum measured neutron dose rate external to the facility cask. A description of the analytical models developed, the analysis methodology, the neutron source spectra, and the detailed results are described in this report. 10 refs., 50 figs., 39 tabs

  6. Improved bolt models for use in global analyses of storage and transportation casks subject to extra-regulatory loading

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    Transportation and storage casks subjected to extra-regulatory loadings may experience large stresses and strains in key structural components. One of the areas susceptible to these large stresses and strains is the bolted joint retaining any closure lid on an overpack or a canister. Modeling this joint accurately is necessary in evaluating the performance of the cask under extreme loading conditions. However, developing detailed models of a bolt in a large cask finite element model can dramatically increase the computational time, making the analysis prohibitive. Sandia National Laboratories used a series of calibrated, detailed, bolt finite element sub-models to develop a modified-beam bolt-model in order to examine the response of a storage cask and closure to severe accident loadings. The initial sub-models were calibrated for tension and shear loading using test data for large diameter bolts. Next, using the calibrated test model, sub-models of the actual joints were developed to obtain force-displacement curves and failure points for the bolted joint. These functions were used to develop a modified beam element representation of the bolted joint, which could be incorporated into the larger cask finite element model. This paper will address the modeling and assumptions used for the development of the initial calibration models, the joint sub-models and the modified beam model

  7. Evaluation of Thermal Margin Analysis Models for SMART

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    Seo, Kyong Won; Kwon, Hyuk; Hwang, Dae Hyun [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-05-15

    Thermal margin of SMART would be analyzed by three different methods. The first method is subchannel analysis by MATRA-S code and it would be a reference data for the other two methods. The second method is an on-line few channel analysis by FAST code that would be integrated into SCOPS/SCOMS. The last one is a single channel module analysis by safety analysis. Several thermal margin analysis models for SMART reactor core by subchannel analysis were setup and tested. We adopted a strategy of single stage analysis for thermal analysis of SMART reactor core. The model should represent characteristics of the SMART reactor core including hot channel. The model should be simple as possible to be evaluated within reasonable time and cost

  8. Evaluation of infrared collimators for testing thermal imaging systems

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    Chrzanowski, K.

    2007-06-01

    Infrared reflective collimators are important components of expensive sophisticated test systems used for testing thermal imagers. Too low quality collimators can become a source of significant measurement errors and collimators of too high quality can unnecessarily increase cost of a test system. In such a situation it is important for test system users to know proper requirements on the collimator and to be able to verify its performance. A method for evaluation of infrared reflective collimators used in test systems for testing thermal imagers is presented in this paper. The method requires only easily available optical equipment and can be used not only by collimator manufactures but also by users of test equipment to verify performance of the collimators used for testing thermal imagers.

  9. Evaluation of thermal gradients in longitudinal spin Seebeck effect measurements

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    Sola, A.; Kuepferling, M.; Basso, V.; Pasquale, M.; Kikkawa, T.; Uchida, K.; Saitoh, E.

    2015-05-01

    In the framework of the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect (LSSE), we developed an experimental setup for the characterization of LSSE devices. This class of device consists in a layered structure formed by a substrate, a ferrimagnetic insulator (YIG) where the spin current is thermally generated, and a paramagnetic metal (Pt) for the detection of the spin current via the inverse spin-Hall effect. In this kind of experiments, the evaluation of a thermal gradient through the thin YIG layer is a crucial point. In this work, we perform an indirect determination of the thermal gradient through the measurement of the heat flux. We developed an experimental setup using Peltier cells that allow us to measure the heat flux through a given sample. In order to test the technique, a standard LSSE device produced at Tohoku University was measured. We find a spin Seebeck SSSE coefficient of 2.8 × 10 - 7 V K-1.

  10. Evaluation of thermal gradients in longitudinal spin Seebeck effect measurements

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    In the framework of the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect (LSSE), we developed an experimental setup for the characterization of LSSE devices. This class of device consists in a layered structure formed by a substrate, a ferrimagnetic insulator (YIG) where the spin current is thermally generated, and a paramagnetic metal (Pt) for the detection of the spin current via the inverse spin-Hall effect. In this kind of experiments, the evaluation of a thermal gradient through the thin YIG layer is a crucial point. In this work, we perform an indirect determination of the thermal gradient through the measurement of the heat flux. We developed an experimental setup using Peltier cells that allow us to measure the heat flux through a given sample. In order to test the technique, a standard LSSE device produced at Tohoku University was measured. We find a spin Seebeck SSSE coefficient of 2.8×10−7 V K−1

  11. Summary of the thermal evaluation of LWBR (LWBR Development Program)

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    This report describes the thermal evaluation of the core for the Shippingport Light Water Breeder Reactor. This core contains unique thermal-hydraulic features such as (1) close rod-to-rod proximity, (2) an open-lattice array of fuel rods with two different diameters and rod-to-rod spacings in the same flow region, (3) triplate orifices located at both the entrance and exit of fuel modules and (4) a hydraulically-balanced movable-fuel system coupled with (5) axial-and-radial fuel zoning for reactivity control. Performance studies used reactor thermal principles such as the hot-and-nominal channel concept and related nuclear/engineering design allowances. These were applied to models of three-dimensional rodded arrays comprising the core fuel regions

  12. Development of design and safety analysis supporting system for casks

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    Mitsubishi heavy Industries has developed a design and safety analysis supporting system 'CADDIE' (Cask Computer Aided Design, Drawing and Integrated Evaluation System), with the following objectives: (1) Enhancement of efficiency of the design and safety analysis (2) Further advancement of design quality (3) Response to the diversification of design requirements. The features of this system are as follows: (1) The analysis model data common to analyses is established, and it is prepared automatically from the model made by CAD. (2) The input data for the analysis code is available by simple operation of conversation type from the analysis model data. (3) The analysis results are drawn out in diagrams by output generator, so as to facilitate easy observation. (4) The data of material properties, fuel assembly data, etc. required for the analyses are made available as a data base. (J.P.N.)

  13. Study of system safety evaluation on LTO of national project. Thermal fatigue evaluation of piping systems

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    Nuclear piping has various kinds of thermal fatigue failure modes. Main causes of thermal loads are structural responses to fluid temperature changes during plant operation. These phenomena have complex mechanisms and so many patterns, that their problems still occur even though well-known issues. To prevent thermal fatigue due to above thermal loads, the JSME guideline is adopted. Both thermal load and fatigue failure mechanism have been investigated and summarized into the knowledgebase. Numerical simulation methods for thermal fatigue evaluation were studied to replace structural tests. Theses knowledge was utilized to validate and justify the JSME guideline. Furthermore, new studies have been launched to apply above knowledge to enhance plant system safety. (author)

  14. Thermal parametric imaging in the evaluation of skin burn depth.

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    Rumiński, Jacek; Kaczmarek, Mariusz; Renkielska, Alicja; Nowakowski, Antoni

    2007-02-01

    The aim of this paper is to determine the extent to which infrared (IR) thermal imaging may be used for skin burn depth evaluation. The analysis can be made on the basis of the development of a thermal model of the burned skin. Different methods such as the traditional clinical visual approach and the IR imaging modalities of static IR thermal imaging, active IR thermal imaging and active-dynamic IR thermal imaging (ADT) are analyzed from the point of view of skin burn depth diagnostics. In ADT, a new approach is proposed on the basis of parametric image synthesis. Calculation software is implemented for single-node and distributed systems. The properties of all the methods are verified in experiments using phantoms and subsequently in vivo with animals with a reference histopathological examination. The results indicate that it is possible to distinguish objectively and quantitatively burns which will heal spontaneously within three weeks of infliction and which should be treated conservatively from those which need surgery because they will not heal within this period. PMID:17278587

  15. Fatigue evaluation of piping connections under thermal transients

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    In designing nuclear power plant piping, thermal transients, caused by non-steady operation conditions, should be considered. These events may reduce considerably the lifetime of the pipes, creating the necessity of using structural elements designed in such a way to minimize the acting thermal stresses. Typical examples of the usage of these elements are the connections between pipes of small and large diameters, in which it is usually used a weldolet. Nevertheless, in some situations, the thermal stresses caused by the transients are greater than the allowable limits, being, in this case, an alternative for best results, the introduction of a special fitting replacing the weldolet. Such a fitting is designed in a way to permit a better distribution of the stresses, reducing its maximum value to acceptable levels. This paper intends to present a fatigue evaluation of a connection, using the above mentioned fitting, when subjected to a load expressed in terms of a step thermal gradient, varying from 263 deg to 40 deg C. Two different methodologies are used in this analysis: (a) Determination of the temperature distribution from the heat transfer equations for piping, being the stresses calculated according to ASME III NB-3600. (b) Thermal and stress analyses using axisymmetric elements, according to the rules presented at ASME III NB-3200. In the first case, named simplified analysis, the computer code used is the PIPESTRESS, while in the second case, the ANSYS program was adopted

  16. Breeder Spent Fuel Handling Program multipurpose cask design basis document

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    The Breeder Spent Fuel Handling (BSFH) Program multipurpose cask Design Basis Document defines the performance requirements essential to the development of a legal weight truck cask to transport FFTF spent fuel from reactor to a reprocessing facility and the resultant High Level Waste (HLW) to a repository. 1 ref

  17. 78 FR 63375 - List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Transnuclear, Inc. Standardized NUHOMS® Cask System

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    ... Storage of Spent Fuel at Power Reactor Sites'' (55 FR 29181; July 18, 1990). This rule also established a... COMMISSION 10 CFR Part 72 RIN 3150-AJ10 List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Transnuclear, Inc... U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by...

  18. Thermal Stress Evaluation for Pressurizer Spray Piping for NPP

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    The low-temperature alarm setpoint of pressurizer spray line is 522 .deg. F, but the line temperature of normal operating condition is actually 485 .deg. F after modification spray valve. In this paper a structural safety evaluation was performed for the pressurizer spray line under operating condition of lower temperature than low temperature alarm setpoint. Current differential temperature line temp and spray water temp was 10 .deg. C and new differential temperature is 30 .deg. C during pressurizer spray. In order to evaluate structural integrity on that system with the present condition, thermal fatigue and thermal stress were analyzed using ANSYS code and accordance with ASME section III relating section of the piping

  19. Optimization of cask capacity for long term spent fuel storage

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    Within the framework of the IAEA Subprogramme of Spent Fuel Management, a new project was conceived, focusing on issues associated with the optimization of cask/container loading (capacity) with respect to long term storage and the related integrity of fuel. An initial Consultants Meeting held in November 2002 identified and discussed principal issues regarding the optimization of cask/container assembly capacity and burnup/age capability in the design of systems for long term spent fuel storage and the related integrity of fuel. Based on resulting working materials, a Technical Meeting was held in March 2003 to obtain country-specific views from both regulators and implementers on this topic. Discussions focused on the following issues relevant to cask loading optimization: fuel integrity, retrievability, zoning, burnup credit, damaged fuel, computer code verification, life of cask components, cask maintenance, performance confirmation, and records management. Follow-on actions and meetings will be pursued to develop a TECDOC on this subject. (author)

  20. Thermal Comfort While Sitting on Office Chairs – Subjective Evaluations

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    Zoran Vlaović

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Thermal comfort is related to human physiological reactions. In order to maintain a constant internal temperature, the human body must dissipate heat in a warm climate, and prevent heat losses in a cold climate. The overall sensation of comfort accompanies the warmest part of the body in a warm environment and the coldest one in a cold environment. Chair design and clothing may affect the difference in sensitivity between certain parts of the body, that is, they may affect thermal comfort. This research focused on subjective sensation of warmth and moisture while sitting on offi ce chairs. The subjective method of evaluating thermal discomfort is based on ISO 7730:2005 standard, according to which a questionnaire was made for this research. Six subjects took part in the research. They were sitting on five different office chairs as they performed their usual jobs in controlled conditions. From the point of view of the evaluation of the sensation of warmth, all chairs were evaluated neutrally. The sensation under the buttocks and thighs was reported to be somewhat warmer, while the sensation on the back was reported to be somewhat colder, which was affected by the design of the back of the chair. No correlation has been proven between the actual temperature and moisture measurements and subjective evaluations of thermal comfort, in spite of a number of direct links. The use of the present method offers the possibility of further research into this subject, which would prove more thoroughly a correlation between design and construction solutions of office chairs and the comfort perceived by sitting persons.

  1. Interaction of cosmic ray muons with spent nuclear fuel dry casks and determination of lower detection limit

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    Chatzidakis, S.; Choi, C. K.; Tsoukalas, L. H.

    2016-08-01

    The potential non-proliferation monitoring of spent nuclear fuel sealed in dry casks interacting continuously with the naturally generated cosmic ray muons is investigated. Treatments on the muon RMS scattering angle by Moliere, Rossi-Greisen, Highland and, Lynch-Dahl were analyzed and compared with simplified Monte Carlo simulations. The Lynch-Dahl expression has the lowest error and appears to be appropriate when performing conceptual calculations for high-Z, thick targets such as dry casks. The GEANT4 Monte Carlo code was used to simulate dry casks with various fuel loadings and scattering variance estimates for each case were obtained. The scattering variance estimation was shown to be unbiased and using Chebyshev's inequality, it was found that 106 muons will provide estimates of the scattering variances that are within 1% of the true value at a 99% confidence level. These estimates were used as reference values to calculate scattering distributions and evaluate the asymptotic behavior for small variations on fuel loading. It is shown that the scattering distributions between a fully loaded dry cask and one with a fuel assembly missing initially overlap significantly but their distance eventually increases with increasing number of muons. One missing fuel assembly can be distinguished from a fully loaded cask with a small overlapping between the distributions which is the case of 100,000 muons. This indicates that the removal of a standard fuel assembly can be identified using muons providing that enough muons are collected. A Bayesian algorithm was developed to classify dry casks and provide a decision rule that minimizes the risk of making an incorrect decision. The algorithm performance was evaluated and the lower detection limit was determined.

  2. 78 FR 73456 - List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: HI-STORM 100 Cask System; Amendment No. 9

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    ...; ] NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION 10 CFR Part 72 RIN 3150-AJ12 List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: HI.... SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its spent fuel storage... Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks'' to include Amendment No. 9 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No....

  3. 78 FR 78285 - List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: HI-STORM 100 Cask System; Amendment No. 9

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    ...; ] NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION 10 CFR Part 72 RIN 3150-AJ12 List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: HI... public comment period. The document proposed to amend the NRC's spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Holtec International HI-STORM 100 Cask System listing within the ``List of Approved Spent...

  4. Considerations on the construction testing of the CASTOR registered HAW 28M cask with respect to the traffic law in the view of the responsible authority BAM

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    The authors reflect the construction testing of the CASTOR registered HAW 28M cask with respect to the traffic law in the view of the responsible authority BAM. The test procedures are based on the recommendations of the IAEA and the respective national and international legal regulations for the transport of radioactive materials. BAM is performing mechanical and thermal tests to investigate the safety of the containers in case of a severe accident. The radionuclide release has to be restricted to a defined limiting value, the radiation shielding and the nuclear safety have to be ensured. The component test is performed using prototypes of model containers combined with calculations or transferability considerations. The safety evaluation is usually based on experimental tests and numerical analyses.

  5. 75 FR 41369 - List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: NUHOMS® HD Revision 1; Withdrawal

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    ... COMMISSION 10 CFR Part 72 RIN 3150-AI75 List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: NUHOMS HD Revision 1... HD cask system listing within the list of approved spent fuel storage casks to include Amendment No... ``List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks'' to include Amendment No. 1 to the CoC. Amendment No....

  6. 75 FR 41404 - List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: NUHOMS®

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    ... COMMISSION 10 CFR Part 72 RIN 3150-AI75 List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: NUHOMS HD Revision 1... cask system listing within the list of approved spent fuel storage casks to include Amendment No. 1 to... within the ``List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks'' to include Amendment No. 1 to the CoC....

  7. Conceptual design for concrete storage cask and landscape design of its storage facility

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    As an advantageous interim spent fuel dry storage system at a reactor site, the conceptual study of the vertical dry cask spent fuel storage system and the landscape evaluation of the facility are carried out. The system is concluded to be viable means for the spent fuel storage and landscape design is confirmed to be necessary for environment conservation and for avoiding the damage of a natural grand view. (author)

  8. A conceptual redesign of an Inter-Building Fuel Transfer Cask

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    The Inter-Building Fuel Transfer Cask, referred to as the IBC, is a lead shielded cask for transporting subassemblies between buildings on the Argonne National Laboratory-West site near Idaho Falls, Idaho. The cask transports both newly fabricated and spent reactor subassemblies between the Experimental Breeder Reactor-II (EBR-II), the Fuel Cycle Facility (FCF) and the Hot Fuel Examination Facility (HFEF). The IBC will play a key role in the Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) fuel recycling demonstration project. This report discusses a conceptual redesign of the IBC which has been performed. The objective of the conceptual design was to increase the passive heat removal capabilities, reduce the personnel radiation exposure and incorporate enhanced safety features into the design. The heat transfer, radiation and thermal-hydraulic properties of the IBC were analytically modelled to determine the principal factors controlling the desip. The scoping studies that were performed determined the vital physical characteristics (i.e., size, shielding, pumps, etc.) of the MC conceptual design

  9. US cask requirements and industry capability survey

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    The objectives of this paper are to provide an estimate of spent fuel shipping cask requirements for reactor to away-from-reactor (AFR) storage facility shipments from the present time until late in this century and to determine and document the willingness and capability of private industry to provide required future transportation services. In order to meet this objective, the Transportation Technology Center at Sandia National Laboratories sponsored Teledyne Energy Systems to conduct a survey of US industry. Results of tasks completed to carry out the objectives are reviewed

  10. Development of scaling laws of heat removal and CFD assessment in concrete cask air path

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    Highlights: • Vertical concrete cask was studied for PWR spent fuel dry storage. • Scaling laws were derived for facilities between prototype and half-scale model. • Computational Fluid Dynamics analysis was performed with 3D mesh generation. • Thermal radiation was considered with heat conduction and natural convection. - Abstract: This study investigates heat transfer in a concrete cask such as one used at intermediate storage facilities of PWR spent fuels. Sufficient removal of decay heat is necessary not to damage fuel cladding that functions as a radioactive materials barrier. The experimental design parameters were derived in the half-scale model for the assessment of the design analysis methodology including a CFD tool. The scaling methodology was developed to design the half-scale model of the concrete cask in the spent fuel dry storage through scaling analysis. As one of the most important scaling laws, the requirement of similarity was selected for the temperature rise between the inlet and the exit in the air path. Based on the natural circulation in the channel, the scaling law was derived for total canister power maintaining the similarity of the temperature rise. Then, the temperature calculation and the flow analysis were performed in concrete cask facilities for the prototype and the half scale model using Computational Fluid Dynamics code. Through the CFD simulations, the similarity of the temperature rise was demonstrated well between the inlet and the exit, and the exit temperature was well maintained between the prototype and the half scale model. Also the scaling ratios of air mass flow rate and exit velocity obtained by the scaling analysis were in good agreement with those predicted by CFD analysis

  11. Considerations for Disposition of Dry Cask Storage System Materials at End of Storage System Life

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    Dry cask storage systems are deployed at nuclear power plants for used nuclear fuel (UNF) storage when spent fuel pools reach their storage capacity and/or the plants are decommissioned. An important waste and materials disposition consideration arising from the increasing use of these systems is the management of the dry cask storage systems' materials after the UNF proceeds to disposition. Thermal analyses of repository design concepts currently under consideration internationally indicate that waste package sizes for the geologic media under consideration may be significantly smaller than the canisters being used for on-site dry storage by the nuclear utilities. Therefore, at some point along the UNF disposition pathway, there could be a need to repackage fuel assemblies already loaded into the dry storage canisters currently in use. In the United States, there are already over 1650 of these dry storage canisters deployed and approximately 200 canisters per year are being loaded at the current fleet of commercial nuclear power plants. There is about 10 cubic meters of material from each dry storage canister system that will need to be dispositioned. The concrete horizontal storage modules or vertical storage overpacks will need to be reused, re-purposed, recycled, or disposed of in some manner. The empty metal storage canister/cask would also have to be cleaned, and decontaminated for possible reuse or recycling or disposed of, likely as low-level radioactive waste. These material disposition options can have impacts of the overall used fuel management system costs. This paper will identify and explore some of the technical and interface considerations associated with managing the dry cask storage system materials. (authors)

  12. Evaluation of the thermal comfort of ceramic floor tiles

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    Carmeane Effting

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available In places where people are bare feet, the thermal sensation of cold or hot depends on the environmental conditions and material properties including its microstructure and crustiness surface. The uncomforting can be characterized by heated floor surfaces in external environments which are exposed to sun radiation (swimming polls areas or by cold floor surfaces in internal environments (bed rooms, path rooms. The property named thermal effusivity which defines the interface temperature when two semi-infinite solids are putted in perfect contact. The introduction of the crustiness surface on the ceramic tiles interferes in the contact temperature and also it can be a strategy to obtain ceramic tiles more comfortable. Materials with low conductivities and densities can be obtained by porous inclusion are due particularly to the processing conditions usually employed. However, the presence of pores generally involves low mechanical strength. This work has the objective to evaluate the thermal comfort of ceramics floor obtained by incorporation of refractory raw materials (residue of the polishing of the porcelanato in industrial atomized ceramic powder, through the thermal and mechanical properties. The theoretical and experimental results show that the porosity and crustiness surface increases; there is sensitive improvement in the comfort by contact.

  13. Summary report on optimized designs for shipping casks containing 2-, 3-, 5-, 7-, or 10-year-old PWR spent fuel

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    The purpose of this study was to develop new conceptual designs for large Pb, Fe, and U-shielded spent fuel casks which have been optimized for the shipment of 2-, 3-, 5-, 7-, or 10-year-old PWR spent fuel assemblies. Design specifications for about 100 cases of potential interest are presented along with a brief 20-page synopsis of the associated analyses. Optimized shielding requirements are presented for each type of cask as a function of the age of the spent fuel and the number of assemblies in the cask. With respect to criticality, a new type of inherently subcritical fuel assembly separator is described which uses hollow, borated stainless-steel tubes in the wall-forming structure between the assemblies. Steady-state and transient heat transfer analyses for casks under nominal and accident conditions were performed using the SCOPE code for Shipping Cask Optimization and Parametric Evaluation. Based on criticality, shielding, and heat transfer considerations, it appears that optimized cask designs could be developed to carry 15 to 18 five-year-old PWR fuel assemblies or as many as 18 to 21 ten-year-old PWR fuel assemblies. 4 figures, 4 tables

  14. Behaviour of neutron moderator materials at high temperatures in CASTOR registered -casks: qualification and assessment

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    The Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) is the responsible German authority for the assessment of mechanical and thermal designs of transport and storage casks for radioactive materials. BAM checks up the proofs of the applicants in their safety reports and assesses the conformity to the Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material. One applicant is the Gesellschaft fuer Nuklear-Behaelter mbH (GNB) with a new generation of transport and storage casks of CASTOR registered -design. GNB typically uses ultra high molecular weight Polyethylene (UHMW-PE) for the moderation of free neutrons. Rods made of UHMW-PE are positioned in axial bore holes in the wall of the cask and plates of UHMW-PE are in free spaces between primary and secondary lid and between the bottom of the cask and an outer plate (Figure 1). Because of the heat generated by the radioactive inventory and because of a strained spring at the bottom of every bore hole, UHMW-PE is subjected to permanent thermal and mechanical loads as well as loads from gamma and neutron radiation. UHMW-PE has been used under routine- and normal conditions of transport for maximum temperatures up to 130 C. For new generations of CASTOR registered -design maximum temperatures will be increased up to 160 C. That means a permanent use of UHMW-PE at temperatures within and above the melting region of the crystallites. In this paper, some results of special investigations for the proofs of usability of UHMW-PE at temperatures up to 160 C under real conditions of transport and storage in CASTOR registered -casks are given. For that, investigations on temperature dependent expansion behaviour under laboratory conditions as well as in large scale experiments, especially in the case of multiple heating and cooling, were done. Besides, geometrical creep strength for long-term loading by temperatures and pressures with regard to the chemical and physical stability properties of UHMW-PE above the

  15. Nuclear thermal rocket nozzle testing and evaluation program

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    Performance characteristics of the Nuclear Thermal Rocket can be enhanced through the use of unconventional nozzles as part of the propulsion system. In this report, the Nuclear Thermal Rocket nozzle testing and evaluation program being conducted at the NASA Lewis Research Center is outlined and the advantages of a plug nozzle are described. A facility description, experimental designs and schematics are given. Results of pretest performance analyses show that high nozzle performance can be attained despite substantial nozzle length reduction through the use of plug nozzles as compared to a convergent-divergent nozzle. Pretest measurement uncertainty analyses indicate that specific impulse values are expected to be within plus or minus 1.17%

  16. Nuclear cask testing films misleading and misused

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    In 1977 and 1978, Sandia National Laboratories, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and operated for the US Department of Energy (DOE), filmed a series of crash and fire tests performed on three casks designed to transport irradiated nuclear fuel assemblies. While the tests were performed to assess the applicability of scale and computer modeling techniques to actual accidents, films of them were quickly pressed into service by the DOE and nuclear utilities as ''proof'' to the public of the safety of the casks. In the public debate over the safety of irradiated nuclear fuel transportation, the films have served as the mainstay for the nuclear industry. Although the scripts of all the films were reviewed by USDOE officials before production, they contain numerous misleading concepts and images, and omit significant facts. The shorter versions eliminated qualifying statements contained in the longer version, and created false impressions. This paper discusses factors which cast doubt on the veracity of the films and the results of the tests

  17. Thermal evaluation facility for LMFBR spent fuel transport

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    A full-scale mock-up of a 217 pin breeder reactor fuel assembly in a cylindrical pipe was initially designed and constructed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). It was transferred to Sandia where it was extensively redesigned and modified. The 217 pin hexagonal core assembly was installed in a smaller diameter stainless steel pipe which more closely represents the diameter of a shipping canister or shipping cask basket wall. Two-hundred four of the tubes are electrically heated over an active length of 4-feet and the remaining thirteen are instrumented with multiple junction thermocouples which can be traversed axially. Thermocouples and heat-flux gauges are located on the hex core and canister perimeters at several axial locations

  18. Thermal evaluation facility for LMFBR spent fuel transport

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    1980-04-01

    A full-scale mock-up of a 217 pin breeder reactor fuel assembly in a cylindrical pipe was initially designed and constructed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). It was transferred to Sandia where it was extensively redesigned and modified. The 217 pin hexagonal core assembly was installed in a smaller diameter stainless steel pipe which more closely represents the diameter of a shipping canister or shipping cask basket wall. Two-hundred four of the tubes are electrically heated over an active length of 4-feet and the remaining thirteen are instrumented with multiple junction thermocouples which can be traversed axially. Thermocouples and heat-flux gauges are located on the hex core and canister perimeters at several axial locations.

  19. Differences of Technical Requirements Between Transportation and Storage Metal Casks

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    The worldwide demand of storage facilities for spent fuels discharged from nuclear power stations is increasing to maintain sustainable operation of the nuclear power stations. The spent fuels are stored at first in the fuel pools (wet storage). When the spent fuels exceed the pool storage capacity, the fuels are transferred to the other storage facility located at reactor or away from reactor, which often adopts a dry storage technology. To use metal casks is one of the options for the dry storage facilities, and some storage facilities have already utilized large metal casks, whose original design concept were developed to transport the spent fuels from nuclear power stations to a reprocessing plant by trains, trucks or by sea-going vessels. It is widely understood that the technology of transportation casks developed up to now is able to apply to the storage casks without any significant design changes. Technical requirements on the design are discussed between the storage cask and the transportation cask to confirm of the understanding based on the assumption that the large metal cask is used for transportation and storage respectively. (author)

  20. Decontamination of transport casks and of spent fuel storage facilities

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    The present document provides an analysis of the technical papers presented at the meeting as well as a summary of the panel discussion. Conclusions and Recommendations: The meeting agreed that the primary source of contamination of transport casks is the production of radioactive isotopes in nuclear fuel and activation products of fuel components in nuclear reactors. The type, amount of mechanism for the release of these isotopes depend on the reactor type and fuel handling process. The widespread use of pools for the storage and handling of fuel provides an easy path for the transfer of contamination. Control of pool water conditions is essential for limiting the spread of contamination. For plants where casks are immersed in pools for loading, the immersion times should be minimised. Casks should be designed for ease of decontamination. The meeting discussed the use of stainless steel and suitable paints for coating casks. Designers should consider the appropriate coating for specific applications. The use of pressurized water for decontamination is recommended whenever possible. A number of commercially available reagents exist for decontaminating cask external surfaces. More work, however, is needed to cope with Pressurized Water Reactor crud within casks. Leaking fuel should be identified and isolated before storage in pools. Basic studies of the uptake and release of contamination from cask surfaces should be initiated. Standardization of methods of contamination measurement and instrumentation should be instituted. Refs, figs and tabs

  1. DOE procurement activities for spent fuel shipping casks

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    This paper discusses the DOE cask development program established to satisfy the requirements of the NWPA. The program is designed to provide safe efficient casks on a timely schedule. The casks will be certified by the NRC in compliance with the 1987 amendment to NWPA. Private industry will be used to the maximum extent. DOE will encourage use of present cask technology, but will not hesitate to advance the state-of-the-art to improve efficiency in transport operations, provided that safety is not compromised. DOE will support the contractor's efforts to advance the state-of-the-art by maintaining a technical development effort that will respond to the common needs of all the contractors. DOE and the cask contractors will develop comprehensive and well integrated programs of test and analysis for cask certification. Finally, the DOE will monitor the cask development program within a system that fosters early identification of improvement opportunities as well as potential problems, and is sufficiently flexible to respond quickly yet rationally to assure a fully successful program

  2. Robotic radiation survey and analysis system for radiation waste casks

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    Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and the Hanford Engineering Development Laboratories have been involved in the development of remote systems technology concepts for handling defense high-level waste (DHLW) shipping casks at the waste repository. This effort was demonstrated the feasibility of using this technology for handling DHLW casks. These investigations have also shown that cask design can have a major effect on the feasibility of remote cask handling. Consequently, SNL has initiated a program to determine cask features necessary for robotic remote handling at the waste repository. The initial cask handling task selected for detailed investigation was the robotic radiation survey and analysis (RRSAS) task. In addition to determining the design features required for robotic cask handling, the RRSAS project contributes to the definition of techniques for random selection of swipe locations, the definition of robotic swipe parameters, force control techniques for robotic swipes, machine vision techniques for the location of objects in 3-D, repository robotic systems requirements, and repository data management system needs

  3. Validation of CFD-methods to predict heat transfer and temperatures during the transport and storage of casks under a cover

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    Leber, A. [WTI Wissenschaftlich-Technische-Ingenieurberatung GmbH (Germany); Graf, W. [GNS Gesellschaft fuer Nuklear-Service mbH (Germany); Hueggenberg, R. [GNB Gesellschaft fuer Nuklear-Behaelter mbH (Germany)

    2004-07-01

    With respect to the transport of casks for radioactive material, the proof of the safe heat removal can be accomplished by validated calculation methods. The boundary conditions for thermal tests for type B packages are specified in the ADR based on the regulations defined by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The varying boundary conditions under transport or storage conditions are based on the varying thermal conditions true for different cask types. In most cases the cask will be transported in lying position under a cover (e.g. canopy or tarpaulin) and stored in standing position in an array with other casks. The main heat transport mechanisms are natural convection and thermal radiation. The cover or the storage building are furnished with vents that create an air flow, which will improve the natural convection. Depending on the thermal boundary conditions, the cask design and the heat power, about 50 - 95% of the heat power will be removed from the finned cask surface by natural convection. Consequently the convection by air flow is the main heat transport mechanism. The air flow can be approximated with analytical methods by solving the integral heat and flow balances for the domain. In a stationary state the overpressure due the buoyancy and the pressure loss in the flow resistances are equal. Based on the air flow, the relevant temperatures of the cask can be calculated in an iterative process. Due to the fast development of numerical calculation methods and computer hardware, the use of Computational- Fluid-Dynamics(CFD) calculations plays an important role. CFD-calculations are based on solving the equations of conservation (Navier-Stokes equations) using a finite element mesh or a finite volume mesh of the model. For a finned cask lying under a cover, where the main contributing element for heat removal is natural convection in combination with the thermal radiation, a CFD-calculation can be the most appropriate method. Common CFD-Codes are FLUENT

  4. Validation of CFD-methods to predict heat transfer and temperatures during the transport and storage of casks under a cover

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    With respect to the transport of casks for radioactive material, the proof of the safe heat removal can be accomplished by validated calculation methods. The boundary conditions for thermal tests for type B packages are specified in the ADR based on the regulations defined by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The varying boundary conditions under transport or storage conditions are based on the varying thermal conditions true for different cask types. In most cases the cask will be transported in lying position under a cover (e.g. canopy or tarpaulin) and stored in standing position in an array with other casks. The main heat transport mechanisms are natural convection and thermal radiation. The cover or the storage building are furnished with vents that create an air flow, which will improve the natural convection. Depending on the thermal boundary conditions, the cask design and the heat power, about 50 - 95% of the heat power will be removed from the finned cask surface by natural convection. Consequently the convection by air flow is the main heat transport mechanism. The air flow can be approximated with analytical methods by solving the integral heat and flow balances for the domain. In a stationary state the overpressure due the buoyancy and the pressure loss in the flow resistances are equal. Based on the air flow, the relevant temperatures of the cask can be calculated in an iterative process. Due to the fast development of numerical calculation methods and computer hardware, the use of Computational- Fluid-Dynamics(CFD) calculations plays an important role. CFD-calculations are based on solving the equations of conservation (Navier-Stokes equations) using a finite element mesh or a finite volume mesh of the model. For a finned cask lying under a cover, where the main contributing element for heat removal is natural convection in combination with the thermal radiation, a CFD-calculation can be the most appropriate method. Common CFD-Codes are FLUENT

  5. Transportation cask contamination weeping: A program leading to prevention

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    This paper describes the problem of cask contamination weeping, and efforts to understand the phenomenon and to eliminate its occurrence during spent nuclear fuel transport. The paper summarizes analyses of field experience and scoping experiments, and concentrates on current modelling and experimental validation efforts. The open-quotes weepingclose quotes phenomenon associated with spent fuel transportation casks (also known as open-quote sweatingclose quotes) is believed to be due to the conversion of fixed contamination on the external surface of the cask to a removable form. Spent fuel transportation casks are loaded under water at nuclear power plants in a spent fuel storage pool, exposing the cask surfaces to contamination by radionuclides present in the pool water including 137Cs, 134Cs, and 60Co. The external surfaces of loaded casks are routinely surveyed for removable contamination and decontaminated to 1/10 of the US and IAEA regulatory limits prior to being released for shipment (49CFR 1983, IAEA 1989). However, 3% to 8% of US spent fuel casks have arrived at final destinations with removable surface contamination in excess of that allowed by regulation, though many preshipment surveys have shown contaminant levels to be within allowable limits (Grella 1987). Attempts to reduce the incidence of weeping have met with limited success and resulted in time-consuming operational constraints and procedures that significantly increase cask processing times and occupational composure at loading facilities. As the US Department of Energy (DOE) moves toward a high volume spent fuel transportation campaign beginning in 1998, the elimination of weeping occurrence and minimization of operational constraints has received increased attention. A DOE program is underway at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) to determine the physical and chemical processes involved in radionuclide contamination and release on transportation cask surfaces

  6. Interim storage and transport casks in Switzerland. COGEMA logistics experience

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    The Swiss utilities have chosen two different ways for the management of their spent fuel after initial on-site cooling: (1) reprocessing at La Hague plant (COGEMA) and Sellafield plant (BNFL); (2) interim storage at the Central Interim Storage Facility called 'Zwischenlager Wuerenlingen AG' ( ZWILAG). Following international call for tenders by Swiss utilities, COGEMA LOGISTICS has been awarded several contracts for the supply of dual-purpose transport and storage casks for the interim storage of various spent fuel assemblies. All these casks belong to the family of the TN 24 dual purpose spent fuel storage casks in operation in the USA and in Belgium as well. They offer utilities a modular solution for the interim storage of spent fuel in robust metal casks which are fully suitable for off site transports. This flexible product can be readily adapted to suit individual user needs. The Leibstadt Nuclear Power Plant (KKL) has purchased nine licensed dual-purpose TN 97L spent fuel casks (97 BWR type fuel assemblies capacity). Three of them are already in operation at ZWILAG. COGEMA LOGISTICS has also delivered a dual-purpose TN 52L spent fuel casks (52 BWR type fuel assemblies capacity) presently used for transport of spent fuel for reprocessing. The Goesgen Nuclear Power Plant (KKG) has purchased four licensed dual-purpose TN 24G spent fuel casks (37 PWR type fuel assemblies capacity). They are all in operation at ZWILAG. The Muehleberg Nuclear Power Plant (BKW/KKM) has purchased two TN 24BH spent fuel casks (69 BWR type fuel assemblies capacity). At the time of this abstract, cold trials are carried out involving the shuttle transport cask TN 9/4 procured by COGEMA LOGISTICS as well. (author)

  7. Evaluation of airborne thermal, magnetic, and electromagnetic characterization technologies

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    The identification of Buried Structures (IBS) or Aerial Surveillance Project was initiated by the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Technology Development to demonstrate airborne methods for locating and identifying buried waste and ordnance at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL). Two technologies were demonstrated: (a) a thermal infrared imaging system built by Martin Marietta Missile Systems and (b) a magnetic and electromagnetic (EM) geophysical surveying system operated by EBASCO Environmental. The thermal system detects small differences in ground temperature caused by uneven heating and cooling of the ground by the sun. Waste materials on the ground can be detected when the temperature of the waste is different than the background temperature. The geophysical system uses conventional magnetic and EM sensors. These sensors detect disturbances caused by magnetic or conductive waste and naturally occurring magnetic or conductive features of subsurface soils and rock. Both systems are deployed by helicopter. Data were collected at four INEL sites. Tests at the Naval Ordnance Disposal Area (NODA) were made to evaluate capabilities for detecting ordnance on the ground surface. Tests at the Cold Simulated Waste Demonstration Pit were made to evaluate capabilities for detecting buried waste at a controlled site, where the location and depth of buried materials are known. Tests at the Subsurface Disposal Area and Stationary Low-Power Reactor-1 burial area were made to evaluate capabilities for characterizing hazardous waste at sites that are typical of DOE buried waste sites nationwide

  8. Development of defect size determination procedure in a cask of WWER defective assembly detection system

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    At present time an integrated approach to analysis of fuel failures in WWER reactor core is under development. It includes analysis of defective Fuel Assemblies (FAs) under operation conditions by data on primary coolant activity and analysis of failed FAs in leakage tests during refuelling. At refuelling a system of defective assembly detection (SDAD) is used in WWERs. The conventional technique for detection of leaking FAs is based on measurement of coolant activity for reference radioactive nuclides after pressure elevation and drop in the SDAD circuit. To make possible an evaluation of leak size in leakage tests, the conventional technique should be modified. For this purpose an out-of-pile experimental facility CASK has been built which is a small-scale analogue to the SDAD system. Experimental investigations at the CASK facility resulted in development of a new leakage test technique with pressure cycling and monitoring of activity release kinetics in the SDAD circuit. A mechanistic RTOP-LT code has been developed for scaling of the CASK experimental results to real parameters of the SDAD system at NPPs. The RTOP-LT code is capable of modelling the kinetics of activity release from failed fuel rods in leakage tests with different scenarios of pressure and temperature variation in the circuit. The present paper reviews experiments at the CASK facility for verification of the RTOP-LT code and verification results. Computational and experimental proof is presented. The leakage tests with pressure cycling and monitoring of activity release kinetics give a proper evaluation of the leak size. Results of testing of the modified technique at NPPs with WWER reactors are presented as well. (authors)

  9. Nonlinear Ultrasonic Diagnosis and Prognosis of ASR Damage in Dry Cask Storage

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    Qu, Jianmin [Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States); Bazant, Zdenek [Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States); Jacobs, Laurence [Georgia Inst. of Technology, Atlanta, GA (United States); Guimaraes, Maria [Electrical Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA (United States)

    2015-11-30

    Alkali-silica reaction (ASR) is a deleterious chemical process that may occur in cement-based materials such as mortars and concretes, where the hydroxyl ions in the highly alkaline pore solution attack the siloxane groups in the siliceous minerals in the aggregates. The reaction produces a cross-linked alkali-silica gel. The ASR gel swells in the presence of water. Expansion of the gel results in cracking when the swelling-induced stress exceeds the fracture toughness of the concrete. As the ASR continues, cracks may grow and eventually coalesce, which results in reduced service life and a decrease safety of concrete structures. Since concrete is widely used as a critical structural component in dry cask storage of used nuclear fuels, ASR damage poses a significant threat to the sustainability of long term dry cask storage systems. Therefore, techniques for effectively detecting, managing and mitigating ASR damage are needed. Currently, there are no nondestructive methods to accurately detect ASR damage in existing concrete structures. The only current way of accurately assessing ASR damage is to drill a core from an existing structure, and conduct microscopy on this drilled cylindrical core. Clearly, such a practice is not applicable to dry cask storage systems. To meet these needs, this research is aimed at developing (1) a suite of nonlinear ultrasonic quantitative nondestructive evaluation (QNDE) techniques to characterize ASR damage, and (2) a physics-based model for ASR damage evolution using the QNDE data. Outcomes of this research will provide a nondestructive diagnostic tool to evaluate the extent of the ASR damage, and a prognostic tool to estimate the future reliability and safety of the concrete structures in dry cask storage systems

  10. Evaluation of Instrumentation and Dynamic Thermal Ratings for Overhead Lines

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    Phillips, A. [New York Power Authority, White Plains, NY (United States)

    2013-01-31

    In 2010, a project was initiated through a partnership between the Department of Energy (DOE) and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to evaluate EPRI's rating technology and instrumentation that can be used to monitor the thermal states of transmission lines and provide the required real-time data for real-time rating calculations. The project included the installation and maintenance of various instruments at three 230 kV line sites in northern New York. The instruments were monitored, and data collection and rating calculations were performed for about a three year period.

  11. Development of dual-purpose metal cask for interim storage of spent nuclear fuel (1). Outline of cask structure

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    Spent fuels discharged from nuclear power plants in Japan are planed to be reprocessed at the nuclear fuel recycle plant under construction at Rokkasho-mura. Since the amount of the spent fuels exceeds that of recycled fuel, the spent fuels have to be properly stored and maintained as recycle fuel resource until the beginning of the reprocessing. For that sake, interim storage installations are being constructed outside the nuclear power plants by 2010. The storage dry casks have been practically used as the interim storage in the nuclear power plants. From this reason, the storage system using the storage dry casks is promising as the interim storage installations away form the reactors, which are under discussion. In the interim storage facilities, the storage using the dry cask of the storage metal cask with business showings, having the function of transportation is now under discussion. By employing transportation and storage dual-purpose cask, the repack equipments can be exhausted, and the reliability of the interim storage installations can be increased. Hitachi, Ltd. has been developing the high reliable and economical transportation and storage dry metal cask. In this report, the outline of our developing transportation and storage dry cask is described. (author)

  12. Evaluation of thermal gradients in longitudinal spin Seebeck effect measurements

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    Sola, A., E-mail: a.sola@inrim.it; Kuepferling, M.; Basso, V.; Pasquale, M. [Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica, Strada delle Cacce 91, 10135 Turin (Italy); Kikkawa, T. [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Uchida, K. [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); PRESTO, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Saitama 332-0012 (Japan); Saitoh, E. [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); WPI Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); CREST, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Tokyo 102-0076 (Japan); Advanced Science Research Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai 319-1195 (Japan)

    2015-05-07

    In the framework of the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect (LSSE), we developed an experimental setup for the characterization of LSSE devices. This class of device consists in a layered structure formed by a substrate, a ferrimagnetic insulator (YIG) where the spin current is thermally generated, and a paramagnetic metal (Pt) for the detection of the spin current via the inverse spin-Hall effect. In this kind of experiments, the evaluation of a thermal gradient through the thin YIG layer is a crucial point. In this work, we perform an indirect determination of the thermal gradient through the measurement of the heat flux. We developed an experimental setup using Peltier cells that allow us to measure the heat flux through a given sample. In order to test the technique, a standard LSSE device produced at Tohoku University was measured. We find a spin Seebeck S{sub SSE} coefficient of 2.8×10{sup −7} V K{sup −1}.

  13. BWR spent fuel storage cask performance test. Volume 2. Pre- and post-test decay heat, heat transfer, and shielding analyses

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    This report describes the decay heat, heat transfer, and shielding analyses conducted in support of performance testing of a Ridhihalgh, Eggers and Associates REA 2033 boiling water reactor (BWR) spent fuel storage cask. The cask testing program was conducted for the US Department of Energy (DOE) Commercial Spent Fuel Management Program by the Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) and by General Electric at the latters' Morris Operation (GE-MO) as reported in Volume I. The analyses effort consisted of performing pretest calculations to (1) select spent fuel for the test; (2) symmetrically load the spent fuel assemblies in the cask to ensure lateral symmetry of decay heat generation rates; (3) optimally locate temperature and dose rate instrumentation in the cask and spent fuel assemblies; and (4) evaluate the ORIGEN2 (decay heat), HYDRA and COBRA-SFS (heat transfer), and QAD and DOT (shielding) computer codes. The emphasis of this second volume is on the comparison of code predictions to experimental test data in support of the code evaluation process. Code evaluations were accomplished by comparing pretest (actually pre-look, since some predictions were not completed until testing was in progress) predictions with experimental cask testing data reported in Volume I. No attempt was made in this study to compare the two heat transfer codes because results of other evaluations have not been completed, and a comparison based on one data set may lead to erroneous conclusions

  14. Standard Practice for Evaluating Solar Absorptive Materials for Thermal Applications

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    2007-01-01

    1.1 This practice covers a testing methodology for evaluating absorptive materials used in flat plate or concentrating collectors, with concentrating ratios not to exceed five, for solar thermal applications. This practice is not intended to be used for the evaluation of absorptive surfaces that are (1) used in direct contact with, or suspended in, a heat-transfer liquid, (that is, trickle collectors, direct absorption fluids, etc.); (2) used in evacuated collectors; or (3) used in collectors without cover plate(s). 1.2 Test methods included in this practice are property measurement tests and aging tests. Property measurement tests provide for the determination of various properties of absorptive materials, for example, absorptance, emittance, and appearance. Aging tests provide for exposure of absorptive materials to environments that may induce changes in the properties of test specimens. Measuring properties before and after an aging test provides a means of determining the effect of the exposure. 1.3 Th...

  15. Evaluation of solar thermal storages with quantitative flow visualisation

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    Logie, W.; Frank, E.; Luzzi, A.

    2008-07-15

    The non-intrusive Quantitative Flow Visualisation (QFV) Techniques of Particle Imaging Velocimetry (PIV) and Laser Induced Fluorescence (LIF) have been evaluated in the context of experimental investigations on solar Thermal Energy Storages (TES). Much competence and experience has been gained in the integration of these powerful yet complex and time consuming flow analysis methods into the realm of laboratory experimentation. In addition to gathering experience in the application of QFV techniques, a number of charging and discharging variations were considered in light of exergetic evaluation for the influence they have on the ability of a TES to stratify. The contemporary awareness that poorly chosen pitch to diameter ratios by the design of immersed coil heat exchangers leads to a reduction in heat exchange and an increase in mixing phenomenon has been confirmed. The observation of two combitank (combined domestic hot water and space heating) configurations has shown that free convective heat transfer forces in the form of mixing energy play a significant role in the stratification efficiency of thermal energy storages. (author)

  16. Country report France [Operation and maintenance of spent fuel storage and transportation casks/containers

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    Transportation from Electricite de France and other foreign utilities to COGEMA La Hague reprocessing plant is performed with one family of casks in the 100 ton class. The experience gained in transport cask design and operation has resulted in design of transport/storage and storage only systems. There are 6 cask types for transportation only and 10 cask types for dual purpose storage and transportation. French authorities approve each cask design. Cask vendors provide training and assistance to users as well as a transportation file containing all actions and recording inspections of the cask. Maintenance frequencies are determined according to design an experience and maintenance specifications prepared. The extent of maintenance is at three levels: inspections on arrival and departure, every 3 years or 15 transports and every 6 years or 60 transports. According to French experience the cask maintenance costs over lifetime are the same as the cost of the cask itself. (author)

  17. Development of tipping-over analysis of cask subjected to earthquake strong motion

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    Since a cask is vertically oriented during loading in cask-storage, it is necessary to investigate the integrity of the cask against tipping-over during strong earthquakes. The rocking and sliding behavior of the cask during strong earthquakes can be analyzed as a dynamic vibration problem for a rigid cylinder. In this paper, in order to clarify the tipping-over characteristics of a cask during strong earthquakes, the authors applied the Distinct Element Method (DEM) to the seismic response analysis of the cask. DEM was introduced by Cundall P.A. in 1971. It is based on the use of an explicit numerical scheme. The cask was considered to be a rigid polygonal element, which satisfied the equation of motion and the law of action and reaction. They examined the applicability of this code by comparison with experimental results obtained from shaking table tests using scale model casks considering the dimension of a 100 ton class full-scale cask

  18. Standard review plan for reviewing safety analysis reports for dry metallic spent fuel storage casks

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    The Cask Standard Review Plan (CSRP) has been prepared as guidance to be used in the review of Cask Safety Analysis Reports (CSARs) for storage packages. The principal purpose of the CSRP is to assure the quality and uniformity of storage cask reviews and to present a well-defined base from which to evaluate proposed changes in the scope and requirements of reviews. The CSRP also sets forth solutions and approaches determined to be acceptable in the past by the NRC staff in dealing with a specific safety issue or safety-related design area. These solutions and approaches are presented in this form so that reviewers can take consistent and well-understood positions as the same safety issues arise in future cases. An applicant submitting a CSAR does not have to follow the solutions or approaches presented in the CSRP. However, applicants should recognize that the NRC staff has spent substantial time and effort in reviewing and developing their positions for the issues. A corresponding amount of time and effort will probably be required to review and accept new or different solutions and approaches

  19. Containment performance of transportable storage casks at 9m drop test

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    Spent fuel transportable storage casks usually have a double lid closure system, which consists of primary and secondary lids, and gaskets, to keep the containment function during transportation and storage, and to monitor a leakage or containment function during storage. Metal gasket is planning to be used not only during storage but transportation of both before and after storage. As metal gasket will degrade its containment function by creep during storage period of 50 years, relative displacement such as opening and slide displacement between the flange of the containment vessel and the lid should be restricted to a small range. To maintain the containment performance, we provisionally adopted the maximum opening limit of 0.1mm and the maximum slide displacement limit of 3.0mm in the full-scale cask design based on the report of the fundamental experiment on the metal gasket which examines the relation between leakage rate and sealing gap. The purpose of this study is to analyse the behaviour of the sealed parts (lid and vessel body) under 9m-drop impact test conditions and to establish some analytical method to evaluate this behaviour. In this study, the drop test of 1/3scale model of Hitz-B69 cask with the double lids closure system was carried out, the behaviours of the seal part were measured by displacement sensors, and they were compared with the result of the numerical analysis carried out separateley

  20. The role of ORIGEN-S in the design of burnup credit spent fuel casks

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    Current licensing practices for spent fuel pools, storage facilities, and transportation casks require a conservative fresh fuel assumption be used in the criticality analysis. The U.S. Department of Energy is currently sponsoring a program to develop analysis methodologies and establish a new generation of spent fuel casks using the principle of burnup credit. The key difference in this new approach is the necessity to accurately predict the isotopic composition of the spent fuel. ORIGEN-S was selected to satisfy this requirement because of the flexibility and user-friendly input offered via its usage in the Standardized Computer Analyses for Licensing and Evaluation (SCALE) code system. This paper describes the fundamental role fulfilled by ORIGEN-S in the development of the analysis methodology, validation of the methods, definition of criticality safety margins and other licensing considerations in the design of a new generation of spent fuel casks. Particular emphasis is given to the performance of ORIGEN-S in comparisons with measurements of irradiated fuel compositions and in predicting isotopics for use in the calculation of reactor restart critical configurations that are performed as a part of the validation process

  1. ALARA studies on spent fuel and waste casks

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    Sutherland, S.H.

    1980-04-01

    In this report, some implications of applying the ALARA concept to cask designs for transporting spent fuel, high-level commercial and defense waste, and remote-handled transuranic waste are investigated. The XSDRNPM, one-dimensional radiation transport code, was used to obtain potential shield designs that would yield total dose rates at 1.8 m from the cask surface of 10, 5, and 2 mrem/h. Gamma shields of depleted uranium, lead, and steel were studied. The capacity of the casks was assumed to be 1, 4, or 7 elements or canisters, and the wastes were 1, 3, 5, and 10 years old. Depending on the dose rate, the cask empty weights and lifetime transportation costs were estimated.

  2. ALARA studies on spent fuel and waste casks

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    In this report, some implications of applying the ALARA concept to cask designs for transporting spent fuel, high-level commercial and defense waste, and remote-handled transuranic waste are investigated. The XSDRNPM, one-dimensional radiation transport code, was used to obtain potential shield designs that would yield total dose rates at 1.8 m from the cask surface of 10, 5, and 2 mrem/h. Gamma shields of depleted uranium, lead, and steel were studied. The capacity of the casks was assumed to be 1, 4, or 7 elements or canisters, and the wastes were 1, 3, 5, and 10 years old. Depending on the dose rate, the cask empty weights and lifetime transportation costs were estimated

  3. Parametric neutronic analyses related to burnup credit cask design

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    The consideration of spent fuel histories (burnup credit) in the design of spent fuel shipping casks will result in cost savings and public risk benefits in the overall fuel transportation system. The purpose of this paper is to describe the depletion and criticality analyses performed in conjunction with and supplemental to the referenced analysis. Specifically, the objectives are to indicate trends in spent fuel isotopic composition with burnup and decay time; provide spent fuel pin lattice values as a function of burnup, decay time, and initial enrichment; demonstrate the variation of keff for infinite arrays of spent fuel assemblies separated by generic cask basket designs (borated and unborated) of varying thicknesses; and verify the potential cask reactivity margin available with burnup credit via analysis with generic cask models

  4. New generation legal weight spent fuel shipping cask

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    GA Technologies has proposed two new spent fuel shipping casks that have a capacity four times greater than comparable existing designs. The new casks, for legal weight truck shipments, can carry four PWR or nine BWR spent fuel assemblies. They were offered in response to the recent request for proposals issued by the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM). The RFP addressed a new generation of truck and rail shipping casks that could transport intact spent fuel assemblies from nuclear reactors to a repository or a Monitored Retrievable Storage (MRS) facility. Our primary goal has been to maximize the number of fuel elements of each fuel type that a LWT cask can carry, while ensuring that the design meets all licensing requirements

  5. Transport/storage cask TN 1300 technical description

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    The TN 1300 cask - developed by Transnuklear GmbH, Hanau - serves as a cask for the dry transport and storage of spent fuel elements from 1300 MW light water reactors. The cask is classified as - Typ B(U) package - fissile class II. The application is filed with the PTB, the German competent authority. The cask has a maximum capacity of 12 PWR fuel elements (Biblis type) or 33 BWR fuel elements. The maximum heat dissipation (natural convection) amounts to about 50 kW. This corresponds to a cooling period of about 2.5 years for PWR fuel elements. The handling weight of the TN 1300 is approx. 116.5 t. (orig./HW)

  6. Feasibility study for a transportation operations system cask maintenance facility

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    The US Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM) is responsible for the development of a waste management program for the disposition of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) and high-level waste (HLW). The program will include a transportation system for moving the nuclear waste from the sources to a geologic repository for permanent disposal. Specially designed casks will be used to safely transport the waste. The cask systems must be operated within limits imposed by DOE, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and the Department of Transportation (DOT). A dedicated facility for inspecting, testing, and maintaining the cask systems was recommended by the General Accounting Office (in 1979) as the best means of assuring their operational effectiveness and safety, as well as regulatory compliance. In November of 1987, OCRWM requested a feasibility study be made of a Cask Maintenance Facility (CMF) that would perform the required functions. 46 refs., 16 figs., 13 tabs

  7. What drives Greek consumer preferences for cask wine?

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    Chrysochou, Polymeros; Corsi, A. M.; Krystallis Krontalis, Athanasios

    2012-01-01

    , taste, origin) as opposed to extrinsic cues (brand, price, convenience packaging). Research limitations/implications – Two main strategic directions are suggested to Greek cask wine producers: they can either maintain the current approach to the market by providing a “simple”, not particularly refined...... of the cask wine consumer is. This study aims at filling this gap. Design/methodology/approach – Based on a web-based survey, the best-worst scaling (BWS) method was applied to measure the importance of attributes that Greek consumers assign when choosing cask wine. Then, a latent class clustering...... analysis based on the importance ratings of the attributes was applied in order to segment the Greek cask wine market. Findings – The most important attributes were found to be price, quality and convenience packaging, whereas brand, grape variety and origin were found to be the least important ones. In...

  8. CASTOR registered HAW28M - a high heat load cask for transport and storage of vitrified high level waste containers

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    Within the German return programme for vitrified high level waste (HLW) from reprocessing at COGEMA and BNFL up to now 39 casks loaded with 28 containers each were transported back to Germany and are stored in the Interim Storage Facility Gorleben (TBL-G) for up to 40 years. For transport and storage in all but one case the GNB casks CASTOR registered HAW 20/28 CG have been used. This cask type is designed to accommodate 20 or 28 HLW containers with a total thermal power of 45 kW maximum. In the near future, among the high level waste, which has to be returned to Germany, there will be an increasing number of containers of which the heat capacity and radioactive inventory will exceed the technical limits of the CASTOR registered HAW 20/28 CG. Therefore GNB has started the development of a new cask generation, named CASTOR registered HAW28M, meeting these future requirements. The CASTOR registered HAW28M is especially developed for the transport of vitrified residues from France and Great Britain to Germany. It complies with the international regulations for type B packages according to IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency). It is thus guaranteed that even in case of any accident the cask body and the lid system remain functional and the safe confinement of the radioactive contents remains intact during transport. The CASTOR registered HAW28M fulfills not only the requirements for transport but also the acceptance criteria of interim storage: radiation shielding, heat dissipation, safe confinement under both normal and hypothetical accident conditions. Storage buildings such as the TBL-G simply support the safety functions of the cask. The challenge for the development results from higher requirements of the technical specification, particularly related to fuel which is reprocessed. As a consequence of the reprocessing of fuel with increased enrichment and burn up, higher heat capacity and sophisticated shielding measures have to be considered. For the CASTOR

  9. Operating Experience in Spent Fuel Storage Casks

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    A safe storage of spent fuels has been considered as one of the inevitable tasks for TEPCO for the last few decades. In order to increase flexibility for the fuel storage measures, TEPCO has been storing spent fuels in an on-site dry storage facility at Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Since 1995, more than 400 fuel assemblies have been safely store. Integrity of storage casks and fuels were carefully checked by periodical inspections, which were conducted in 2000 and 2005. The next investigation will be held within a few years in order to verify the safety conditions even after a 15-year storage. These series of inspections will give plenty of useful data for the design and operation of the Mutsu facility, which will be the first off-site interim spent fuel storage facility away from any reactor site in Japan. (author)

  10. Selection and Evaluation of Thermal Interface Materials for Reduction of the Thermal Contact Resistance of Thermoelectric Generators

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    Sakamoto, Tatsuya; Iida, Tsutomu; Sekiguchi, Takeshi; Taguchi, Yutaka; Hirayama, Naomi; Nishio, Keishi; Takanashi, Yoshifumi

    2014-10-01

    A variety of thermal interface materials (TIMs) were investigated to find a suitable TIM for improving the performance of thermoelectric power generators (TEGs) operating in the medium-temperature range (600-900 K). The thermal resistance at the thermal interface between which the TIM was inserted was evaluated. The TIMs were chosen on the basis of their thermal stability when used with TEGs operating at medium temperatures, their electrical insulating properties, their thermal conductivity, and their thickness. The results suggest that the boron nitride (BN)-based ceramic coating, Whity Paint, and the polyurethane-based sheet, TSU700-H, are suitable TIMs for the heat source and heat sink sides, respectively, of the TEG. Use of these effectively enhances TEG performance because they reduce the thermal contact resistance at the thermal interface.

  11. NAC-1 cask dose rate calculations for LWR spent fuel

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    CARLSON, A.B.

    1999-02-24

    A Nuclear Assurance Corporation nuclear fuel transport cask, NAC-1, is being considered as a transport and storage option for spent nuclear fuel located in the B-Cell of the 324 Building. The loaded casks will be shipped to the 200 East Area Interim Storage Area for dry interim storage. Several calculations were performed to assess the photon and neutron dose rates. This report describes the analytical methods, models, and results of this investigation.

  12. NAC-1 cask dose rate calculations for LWR spent fuel

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    A Nuclear Assurance Corporation nuclear fuel transport cask, NAC-1, is being considered as a transport and storage option for spent nuclear fuel located in the B-Cell of the 324 Building. The loaded casks will be shipped to the 200 East Area Interim Storage Area for dry interim storage. Several calculations were performed to assess the photon and neutron dose rates. This report describes the analytical methods, models, and results of this investigation

  13. TRANSPORTATION CASK RECEIPT AND RETURN FACILITY WORKER DOSE ASSESSMENT

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    The purpose of this design calculation is to estimate radiation doses received by personnel working in the Transportation Cask Receipt and Return Facility (TCRRF) of the repository including the personnel at the security gate and cask staging areas. This calculation is required to support the preclosure safety analysis (PCSA) to ensure that the predicted doses are within the regulatory limits prescribed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The Cask Receipt and Return Facility receives NRC licensed transportation casks loaded with spent nuclear fuel (SNF) and high-level radioactive waste (HLW). The TCRRF operation starts with the receipt, inspection, and survey of the casks at the security gate and the staging areas, and proceeds to the process facilities. The transportation casks arrive at the site via rail cars or trucks under the guidance of the national transportation system. This calculation was developed by the Environmental and Nuclear Engineering organization and is intended solely for the use of Design and Engineering in work regarding facility design. Environmental and Nuclear Engineering personnel should be consulted before using this calculation for purposes other than those stated herein or for use by individuals other than authorized personnel in the Environmental and Nuclear Engineering organization

  14. BWR spent fuel storage cask performance test. Volume 1. Cask handling experience and decay heat, heat transfer, and shielding data

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    This report documents a heat transfer and shielding performance test conducted on a Ridihalgh, Eggers and Associates REA 2023 boiling water reactor (BWR) spent fuel storage cask. The testing effort consisted of three parts: pretest preparations, performance testing, and post-test activities. Pretest preparations included conducting cask handling dry runs and characterizing BWR spent fuel assemblies from Nebraska Public Power District's Cooper Nuclear Station. The performance test matrix included 14 runs consisting of two loadings, two cask orientations, and three backfill environments. Post-test activities included calorimetry and axial radiation scans of selected fuel assemblies, in-basin sipping of each assembly, crud collection, video and photographic scans, and decontamination of the cask interior and exterior

  15. BWR spent fuel storage cask performance test. Volume 1. Cask handling experience and decay heat, heat transfer, and shielding data

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    McKinnon, M.A.; Doman, J.W.; Tanner, J.E.; Guenther, R.J.; Creer, J.M.; King, C.E.

    1986-02-01

    This report documents a heat transfer and shielding performance test conducted on a Ridihalgh, Eggers and Associates REA 2023 boiling water reactor (BWR) spent fuel storage cask. The testing effort consisted of three parts: pretest preparations, performance testing, and post-test activities. Pretest preparations included conducting cask handling dry runs and characterizing BWR spent fuel assemblies from Nebraska Public Power District's Cooper Nuclear Station. The performance test matrix included 14 runs consisting of two loadings, two cask orientations, and three backfill environments. Post-test activities included calorimetry and axial radiation scans of selected fuel assemblies, in-basin sipping of each assembly, crud collection, video and photographic scans, and decontamination of the cask interior and exterior.

  16. Verification tests on cask-storage method for storing spent fuel at reactor

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    CRIEPI has conducted a feasibility study on spent-fuel storage and has shown that shipping and storage casks are the best method for storing less than 500 tons of spent fuel at the reactor. The cask-storage facility is composed of a storage house and casks. The cask has sealing, heat conduction, shielding and criticality-prevention functions. The storage house is used for managing casks in it. In consideration of the above functions, we confirmed the integrity of cask and spent fuel under normal conditions and in hypothetical accident conditions. (J.P.N.)

  17. Impact velocity vs. target hardness relationships for equivalent response of cask structures

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    In this paper, impact velocity vs. target hardness relationships for cask structures are reviewed. The relationships are based on equivalent cask responses in terms of equal deceleration or similar cask damages. By examining several past cask or container tests as well as some analytical results, some conclusions can be drawn about the relationship between target hardness and equivalent impact velocities. This relationship clearly shows that the cask response to impact is cask-dependent and that the rigid sphere impact model results in an unconservative estimate of equivalent velocity

  18. Preliminary design report: Babcock and Wilcox BR-100 100-ton rail/barge spent fuel shipping cask

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    The purpose of this document is to provide information on burnup credit as applied to the preliminary design of the BR-100 shipping cask. There is a brief description of the preliminary basket design and the features used to maintain a critically safe system. Following the basket description is a discussion of various criticality analyses used to evaluate burnup credit. The results from these analyses are then reviewed in the perspective of fuel burnups expected to be shipped to either the final repository or a Monitored Retrievable Storage (MRS) facility. The hurdles to employing burnup credit in the certification of any cask are then outlines and reviewed. the last section gives conclusions reached as to burnup credit for the BR-100 cask, based on our analyses and experience. All information in this study refers to the cask configured to transport PWR fuel. Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) fuel satisfies the criticality requirements so that burnup credit is not needed. All calculations generated in the preparation of this report were based upon the preliminary design which will be optimized during the final design. 8 refs., 19 figs., 16 tabs

  19. Preliminary design report: Babcock and Wilcox BR-100 100-ton rail/barge spent fuel shipping cask

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    1990-02-01

    The purpose of this document is to provide information on burnup credit as applied to the preliminary design of the BR-100 shipping cask. There is a brief description of the preliminary basket design and the features used to maintain a critically safe system. Following the basket description is a discussion of various criticality analyses used to evaluate burnup credit. The results from these analyses are then reviewed in the perspective of fuel burnups expected to be shipped to either the final repository or a Monitored Retrievable Storage (MRS) facility. The hurdles to employing burnup credit in the certification of any cask are then outlines and reviewed. the last section gives conclusions reached as to burnup credit for the BR-100 cask, based on our analyses and experience. All information in this study refers to the cask configured to transport PWR fuel. Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) fuel satisfies the criticality requirements so that burnup credit is not needed. All calculations generated in the preparation of this report were based upon the preliminary design which will be optimized during the final design. 8 refs., 19 figs., 16 tabs.

  20. Evaluation of antioxidants stability by thermal analysis and its protective effect in heated edible vegetable oil

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    Seme Youssef Reda

    2011-01-01

    In this work, through the use of thermal analysis techniques, the thermal stabilities of some antioxidants were investigated, in order to evaluate their resistance to thermal oxidation in oils, by heating canola vegetable oil, and to suggest that antioxidants would be more appropriate to increase the resistance of vegetable oils in the thermal degradation process in frying. The techniques used were: Thermal Gravimetric (TG) and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) analyses, as well as an a...

  1. Thermal and Electrical Performance Evaluation of PV/T Collectors in UAE

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    Kaya, Mustafa

    2013-01-01

    Photovoltaic Thermal/Hybrid collectors are an emerging technology that combines PV and solar thermal collectors by producing heat and electricity simultaneously. In this paper, thermal and electrical performance of PV/T collectors are analyzed and presented for the climate of RAK, UAE. Thermal performance evaluation is done following the collector output model presented in European standard EN 12975-2 and electrical performance evaluation is done by analyzing the effect of water circulation o...

  2. A Cask Processing Enclosure for the TRU Waste Processing Center - 13408

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    Newman, John T.; Mendez, Nicholas [IP Systems, Inc., 2685 Industrial Lane, Broomfield, Colorado 80020 (United States)

    2013-07-01

    This paper will discuss the key elements considered in the design, construction, and use of an enclosure system built for the TRU Waste Processing Center (TWPC). The TWPC system is used for the repackaging and volume reduction of items contaminated with radioactive material, hazardous waste and mixed waste. The modular structural steel frame and stainless steel skin was designed for rapid field erection by the use of interchangeable self-framing panel sections to allow assembly of a sectioned containment building and for ease of field mobility. The structure was installed on a concrete floor inside of an outer containment building. The major sections included an Outer Cask Airlock, Inner Cask Airlock, Cask Process Area, and Personnel Airlocks. Casks in overpacks containing transuranic waste are brought in via an inter-site transporter. The overpack lid is removed and the cask/overpack is transferred into the Outer Cask Airlock. A contamination cover is installed on the overpack body and the Outer Cask Airlock is closed. The cask/overpack is transferred into the Inner Cask Airlock on a cask bogie and the Inner Cask Airlock is closed. The cask lid is removed and the cask is transferred into the Cask Process Area where it is placed on a cask tilting station. Once the Cask Processing Area is closed, the cask tilt station is activated and wastes are removed, size reduced, then sorted and re-packaged into drums and standard waste boxes through bag ports. The modular system was designed and built as a 'Fast Track' project at IP Systems in Broomfield Colorado and then installed and is currently in use at the DOE TWPC located near Oak Ridge, Tennessee. (authors)

  3. A Cask Processing Enclosure for the TRU Waste Processing Center - 13408

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    This paper will discuss the key elements considered in the design, construction, and use of an enclosure system built for the TRU Waste Processing Center (TWPC). The TWPC system is used for the repackaging and volume reduction of items contaminated with radioactive material, hazardous waste and mixed waste. The modular structural steel frame and stainless steel skin was designed for rapid field erection by the use of interchangeable self-framing panel sections to allow assembly of a sectioned containment building and for ease of field mobility. The structure was installed on a concrete floor inside of an outer containment building. The major sections included an Outer Cask Airlock, Inner Cask Airlock, Cask Process Area, and Personnel Airlocks. Casks in overpacks containing transuranic waste are brought in via an inter-site transporter. The overpack lid is removed and the cask/overpack is transferred into the Outer Cask Airlock. A contamination cover is installed on the overpack body and the Outer Cask Airlock is closed. The cask/overpack is transferred into the Inner Cask Airlock on a cask bogie and the Inner Cask Airlock is closed. The cask lid is removed and the cask is transferred into the Cask Process Area where it is placed on a cask tilting station. Once the Cask Processing Area is closed, the cask tilt station is activated and wastes are removed, size reduced, then sorted and re-packaged into drums and standard waste boxes through bag ports. The modular system was designed and built as a 'Fast Track' project at IP Systems in Broomfield Colorado and then installed and is currently in use at the DOE TWPC located near Oak Ridge, Tennessee. (authors)

  4. Development and Experimental Evaluation of Passive Fuel Cell Thermal Control

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    Colozza, Anthony J.; Jakupca, Ian J.; Castle, Charles H.; Burke, Kenneth A.

    2014-01-01

    To provide uniform cooling for a fuel cell stack, a cooling plate concept was evaluated. This concept utilized thin cooling plates to extract heat from the interior of a fuel cell stack and move this heat to a cooling manifold where it can be transferred to an external cooling fluid. The advantages of this cooling approach include a reduced number of ancillary components and the ability to directly utilize an external cooling fluid loop for cooling the fuel cell stack. A number of different types of cooling plates and manifolds were developed. The cooling plates consisted of two main types; a plate based on thermopyrolytic graphite (TPG) and a planar (or flat plate) heat pipe. The plates, along with solid metal control samples, were tested for both thermal and electrical conductivity. To transfer heat from the cooling plates to the cooling fluid, a number of manifold designs utilizing various materials were devised, constructed, and tested. A key aspect of the manifold was that it had to be electrically nonconductive so it would not short out the fuel cell stack during operation. Different manifold and cooling plate configurations were tested in a vacuum chamber to minimize convective heat losses. Cooling plates were placed in the grooves within the manifolds and heated with surface-mounted electric pad heaters. The plate temperature and its thermal distribution were recorded for all tested combinations of manifold cooling flow rates and heater power loads. This testing simulated the performance of the cooling plates and manifold within an operational fuel cell stack. Different types of control valves and control schemes were tested and evaluated based on their ability to maintain a constant temperature of the cooling plates. The control valves regulated the cooling fluid flow through the manifold, thereby controlling the heat flow to the cooling fluid. Through this work, a cooling plate and manifold system was developed that could maintain the cooling plates

  5. Validation of certificates for Type B(U)F transport and storage casks of CASTOR type

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    GNB has profound practical experiences with validations of Type B(U)F certificates for CASTOR casks around the world. There are big differences in the approach of the competent authorities concerning the amount of documents needed for a validation and in the approach to the evaluation of these documents which all have been already evaluated by the competent authority of the country of origin. This holds in general for ADR member states and other countries. Examples showing the scope of differences are given and propositions for a uniform approach are presented. (author)

  6. Investigation of several methods to set burnup for criticality safety assessment of spent fuel transport casks

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    Several currently available methods to set burnup for depletion calculation are reviewed and discussed about its adequacy for criticality safety assessment of spent fuel (SF) transport casks by taking burnup credit (BC) into accounts. Various errors associated with BC criticality analyses are evaluated and converted to equivalent burnup to compare each other. Methods are proposed to use some reduced burnups equivalent to compensation of these associated errors. Effects of assumption of axial burnup distribution on criticality calculation and irradiation history parameter variation on depletion calculation are evaluated with OECD/NEA BC international benchmark data. (author)

  7. Development of basket for transport/storage cask using square tube made of aluminium alloy containing neutron absorbing materials

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    The basket of transport/storage cask must have a structural strength at any temperature expected during storage and transport condition, and must satisfy each function of sub-criticality and heat removal. It is also preferable to increase the number of fuel assemblies in the cask and to reduce the manufacturing cost. The use of aluminium alloy for the basket is preferable because of its high thermal conductivity in order to improve heat removal. Aluminium alloy is lightweight and it is more effective to improve the capacity. The conventional design of aluminium basket had a combination of square tubes, which have structural strength and heat removal function, and the neutron absorption material with high concentration of boron. The developed basket has square tube shape containing neutron absorption materials that has both functions of heat removal and sub-criticality. It is an effective way to improve the storage capacity of fuel assemblies and it is also easy to be assembled

  8. The Dry-Cap spent fuel storage/transport cask

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    Increasing inventories of spent fuel and decreasing storage capacities at reactors are prompting development of alternative storage technologies. In the United States of America, the Department of Energy is engaged in the development of a geological repository and is committed to begin accepting fuel for permanent storage by 31 January 1998. Until this time, US utilities have assumed the responsibility for handling this material. The storage situation is also recognized in Japan and several utilities are now engaged in the development of alternative storage options. In recognition of these situations, Combustion Engineering, Inc. and Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd are engaged in a programme to develop and manufacture a cask capable of safety storing and transporting spent nuclear fuel. The cask is designed in accordance with US 10CFR71 and 10CFR72 criteria and has one of the largest capacities of spent fuel casks, with the ability to hold 24 PWR or 60 BWR spent fuel bundles and remain under the 125 t crane capacity of most power plants. The Dry-Cap spent fuel storage cask consists of a 16.5 ft. (5 m) long by 7.5 ft (2.27 m) diameter thick-walled steel cylinder surrounded by shielding material. Dry-Cap is a relatively simple design, easily manufactured and, unlike other cask designs, requires no external fins for cooling. Dissipation of decay heat is accomplished by natural convection between the fuel and its helium environment and the cask and its surrounding environment. One of the most important features of the Dry-Cap design is that it does not require poison material for criticality control, since the basket design utilizes credit for burnup. Taking credit for the known irradiation heating of discharged fuel, and the fact that it has a low residual reactivity, can simplify and minimize the maintenance and monitoring requirements for long term storage. The Dry-Cap cask is designed to fulfil the long and short term storage needs for utilities. (author)

  9. Phase 1 study of metallic cask systems for spent fuel management from reactor to repository. Volume I. Phase 1 study summary

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    It was proposed to perform a systems evaluation of metallic cask systems in order to define and examine the use of various metallic cask concepts or combination of concepts for the overall inventory management of spent fuel starting with its discharge from reactors to its emplacement in geologic repositories. This systems evaluation occurs in three phases. This three phase systems evaluation leads to a definition and recommendation of a sound and practical metallic cask system to accomplish efficient and effective management of spent fuel in the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle. Phase 1 Study objectives: establish system-wide functional criteria and assumptions; perform the systems engineering needed to define the metallic cask concepts and their feasibility; perform a screening evaluation of the technical and economic merits of the concepts; and recommend those to be included for a more detailed systems evaluation in Phase 2. Phase 2 Study objectives: refine the system-wide functional criteria and assumptions; perform the design engineering needed to enhance the validity and workability of those concepts recommended in Phase 1; and perform a more detailed systems evaluation. Phase 3 Study objectives: conclude the systems evaluation and develop an implementation plan. Volume I presents an overview of the detailed systems evaluation presented in Volume II

  10. Peanut Seed Vigor Evaluation Using a Thermal Gradient

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Experiments conducted from 2007 to 2009 evaluated germination of 11 peanut runner-type cultivars. Germination was evaluated in Petridishes incubated over a thermal gradient ranging from 14 to 30°C at 1.0 C increments. Beginning 24 hr after seeding, peanut was counted as germinated when radicles were greater than 5 mm long, with removal each day. Germination was counted daily for seven days after seeding. Growing-degree day (GDD accumulation for each temperature increment was calculated based on daily mean temperature for that Petri dish. Two indices were obtained from a logistic growth curve used to elucidate seed germination by cultivar: (1 maximum indices of germination and (2 GDD value at 80% germination (Germ80, an indication of seed vigor the lower the Germ80 value, the greater the seed lot vigor. Based on the two indices, seed lots “AT 3081R”, “AP-3”, “GA-06G”, and “Carver” had the strongest seed vigor (Germ80 26 to 47 GDD and a high maximum incidence of germination rate (80 to 94%. Seed lots of “C99-R”, “Georgia-01R”, “Georgia-02C”, and “Georgia-03L” had inconsistent seed performance, failing to achieve 80% germination in at least two of three years.

  11. Development of the GA-4 and GA-9 legal weight spent fuel casks

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    GA is nearing the completion of the final design of two legal weight truck spent fuel shipping casks, the GA-4 Cask for PWR fuel and the GA-9 Cask for BWR fuel. GA is developing the casks under contract to the US Department of Energy (DOE) Field Office, Idaho, as part of the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM) Cask Systems Development Program (CSDP). The casks will transport intact spent fuel assemblies fro commercial nuclear reactors sites to a monitored retrievable storage facility or a permanent repository. The DOE initiated the Cask Systems Development Program in response to the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 which made DOE responsible for managing the program for permanent disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste. This paper describes developmental and design verification testing programs, and the present status of the GA-4 and GA-9 Cask designs

  12. Preliminary safety analysis of criticality for dual-purpose metal cask under dry storage conditions in South Korea

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    Highlights: • DPC is under development led by Korea Radioactive Waste Agency in South Korea. • The results of criticality analysis with respect to design requirements. • The keff under normal and off-normal conditions were 0.36 and 0.46, respectively. • In addition, the keff under a postulated accident condition was evaluated to be 0.94. - Abstract: A dual-purpose metal cask is under development led by Korea Radioactive Waste Agency (KORAD) in Korea, for the dry interim storage and long-distance transportation. This cask comprises a main body made of carbon steel and a stainless steel Dry Shielded Canister (DSC), with stainless steel baskets inside to contain spent fuel assemblies. In this study, nuclear criticality safety analysis was conducted as a part of safety assessment of the metal cask. Analysis to show criticality safety in accordance with regulatory requirements of PWR spent fuel storage was carried out. 10CFR72.124 “Criteria for nuclear criticality safety” and the Regulatory Guide of the American Nuclear Society, ANSI/ANS-57.9 “Design Criteria for an Independent Spent Fuel” and US NRC's “Standard Review Plan for Spent Fuel Dry Storage Systems at a General License Facility” were employed as regulatory standard and criteria. This paper shows results of criticality analysis with respect to each designated criterion with modeling of a virtual nuclear fuel assembly and a cask body that induces the maximum reactivity among various design basis fuels of the metal cask. In addition, the sensitivity analysis of nuclear criticality taking into account the various modeling deviation such as manufacturing tolerance and modeling assumptions of conventional models was carried out to ensure the reliability of the analysis result. The criticality evaluation result of the metal cask and the maximum keff under normal and off-normal conditions were 0.36884 and 0.46255, respectively. The maximum keff under a postulated accident condition triggering

  13. Preliminary safety analysis of criticality for dual-purpose metal cask under dry storage conditions in South Korea

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    Kim, Taeman, E-mail: tmkim@korad.or.kr [Korea Radioactive Waste Agency (KORAD), 1045 Daedeokdaero, Yuseong-Gu, Daejeon 305-353 (Korea, Republic of); Dho, Hoseog; Baeg, Chang-Yeal [Korea Radioactive Waste Agency (KORAD), 1045 Daedeokdaero, Yuseong-Gu, Daejeon 305-353 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Gang-uk [Korea Nuclear Engineering and Service Co. (KONES), Hyundai Plaza, 341-4 Jangdae-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • DPC is under development led by Korea Radioactive Waste Agency in South Korea. • The results of criticality analysis with respect to design requirements. • The k{sub eff} under normal and off-normal conditions were 0.36 and 0.46, respectively. • In addition, the k{sub eff} under a postulated accident condition was evaluated to be 0.94. - Abstract: A dual-purpose metal cask is under development led by Korea Radioactive Waste Agency (KORAD) in Korea, for the dry interim storage and long-distance transportation. This cask comprises a main body made of carbon steel and a stainless steel Dry Shielded Canister (DSC), with stainless steel baskets inside to contain spent fuel assemblies. In this study, nuclear criticality safety analysis was conducted as a part of safety assessment of the metal cask. Analysis to show criticality safety in accordance with regulatory requirements of PWR spent fuel storage was carried out. 10CFR72.124 “Criteria for nuclear criticality safety” and the Regulatory Guide of the American Nuclear Society, ANSI/ANS-57.9 “Design Criteria for an Independent Spent Fuel” and US NRC's “Standard Review Plan for Spent Fuel Dry Storage Systems at a General License Facility” were employed as regulatory standard and criteria. This paper shows results of criticality analysis with respect to each designated criterion with modeling of a virtual nuclear fuel assembly and a cask body that induces the maximum reactivity among various design basis fuels of the metal cask. In addition, the sensitivity analysis of nuclear criticality taking into account the various modeling deviation such as manufacturing tolerance and modeling assumptions of conventional models was carried out to ensure the reliability of the analysis result. The criticality evaluation result of the metal cask and the maximum k{sub eff} under normal and off-normal conditions were 0.36884 and 0.46255, respectively. The maximum k{sub eff} under a postulated

  14. A conceptual redesign of an inter-building fuel transfer cask

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    The Inter-Building Fuel Transfer Cask, referred to as the IBC, is a lead shielded cask for transporting subassemblies between buildings on the Argonne National Laboratory-West site near Idaho Falls, Idaho. The cask transports both newly fabricated and spent reactor subassemblies between the Experimental Breeder Reactor-2 (EBR-2), the Fuel Cycle Facility (FCF) and the Hot Fuel Examination Facility (HFEF). The IBC will play a key role in the Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) fuel recycling demonstration project. The existing IBC technology, designed and fabricated in the late fifties, is outdated and is a source of personnel exposure at ANL-W. The current IBC system requires forced argon cooling and has extremely limited passive cooling capabilities due to existing design features. A conceptual redesign of the IBC has been performed. The objective of the conceptual design was to increase the passive heat removal capabilities, reduce the personnel radiation exposure and incorporate enhanced safety features into the design. The heat transfer, radiation and thermal-hydraulic properties of the IBC were analytically modeled to determine the principal factors controlling the design. The scoping studies that were performed determined the vital physical characteristics (i.e., size, shielding, pumps, etc.) of the IBC conceptual design. The conceptual design for the IBC allows subassemblies with up to 800 Watts of decay heat to be passively cooled, a significant increase over the existing system. The new design which incorporates better passive cooling mechanisms will prevent inadvertent damage to the subassembly during postulated loss-of-power and loss-of-flow accident scenarios. The new design also decreases the radiation hazard to personnel by having fewer external systems, a better shield plug design, and surfaces that are easier to decontaminate. The control and monitoring system will also be state-of-the-art technology

  15. Vestibule and Cask Preparation Mechanical Handling Calculation

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    2004-05-26

    The scope of this document is to develop the size, operational envelopes, and major requirements of the equipment to be used in the vestibule, cask preparation area, and the crane maintenance area of the Fuel Handling Facility. This calculation is intended to support the License Application (LA) submittal of December 2004, in accordance with the directive given by DOE correspondence received on the 27th of January 2004 entitled: ''Authorization for Bechtel SAIC Company L.L.C. to Include a Bare Fuel Handling Facility and Increased Aging Capacity in the License Application, Contract Number DE-AC28-01R W12101'' (Ref. 167124). This correspondence was appended by further correspondence received on the 19th of February 2004 entitled: ''Technical Direction to Bechtel SAIC Company L.L. C. for Surface Facility Improvements, Contract Number DE-AC28-01R W12101; TDL No. 04-024'' (Ref. 16875 1). These documents give the authorization for a Fuel Handling Facility to be included in the baseline. The limitations of this preliminary calculation lie within the assumptions of section 5 , as this calculation is part of an evolutionary design process.

  16. Effects of high burnup on spent-fuel casks

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    Utility fuel managers have become very interested in higher burnup fuels as a means to reduce the impact of refueling outages. High-burnup fuels have significant effects on spent-fuel storage or transportation casks because additional heat rejection and shielding capabilities are required. Some existing transportation casks have useful margins that allow shipment of high-burnup fuel, especially the NLI-1/2 truck cask, which has been relicensed to carry pressurized water reactor (PWR) fuel with 56,000 MWd/ton U burnup at 450 days of cooling time. New cask designs should consider the effects of high burnup for future use, even though it is not commercially desirable to include currently unneeded capability. In conclusion, the increased heat and gamma radiation of high-burnup fuels can be accommodated by additional cooling time, but the increased neutron radiation source cannot be accommodated unless the balance of neutron and gamma contributions to the overall dose rate is properly chosen in the initial cask design. Criticality control of high-burnup fuels is possible with heavily poisoned baskets, but burnup credit in licensing is a much more direct means of demonstrating criticality safety

  17. Safety Tests of Concrete Storage Cask for Spent Nuclear Fuel

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    In preparation for the timely installation of interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel (SF), KORAD is developing domestic models of SF storage systems and the concrete storage cask is one of them. A concrete cask consists of a metallic canister which confines SF with welded closure and a concrete overpack which provides radiation shielding and physical protection to the canister. The safety requirements for a SF storage cask is well established in US and summarized in regulatory guides such as NUREG-1536. KAERI has been performing tests of the concrete cask to demonstrate its safety and compliance to the regulatory requirements with high priority stipulated in NUREG-1536. The test program includes the structural performance tests under tip-over and earthquake and decay heat removal test under normal, off-normal and accident conditions. In this paper, brief introduction to the structural tests and their results are provided. Safety tests to demonstrate the safety of KORAD21C concrete storage cask were successfully performed. The structural integrity during tip-over and earthquake were demonstrated with scale model tests and the results are analyzed in comparison with safety analysis results

  18. Response of spent fuel transportation casks to explosive loadings

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    Casks for the transportation of spent power reactor fuel can be exposed to explosive loadings from several causes. Exposure can come from an accident involving a propane or other hydrocarbon tanker, from an accident involving military or industrial explosives, or from deliberate sabotage. The regulations for the design of these casks do not specifically include requirements for resistance to blast loadings, but the hypothetical accident sequence that the casks are required to survive assure some measure of blast resistance. To perform accurate risk and security assessments, this blast resistance must be quantified. This paper will discuss the methodology used to determine the blast resistance of a representative rail and a representative truck spent fuel transportation cask. The methodology discussed in this paper can be used to determine the response to explosive loadings other than the one discussed in this paper or to determine the effect of explosive loadings on other casks. Due to the sensitive nature of this topic, this paper is intentionally vague on a number of parameters used in the analyses

  19. Shielding benchmark calculations of selected spent fuel storage cask experiments

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    Broadhead, B.L.; Tang, J.S.; Parks, C.V. (Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)); Taniuchi, H. (Kobe Steel Ltd. (Japan))

    1993-01-01

    This paper describes the application of the three-dimensional Monte Carlo code MORSE-SGC, as implemented in the SCALE system calculational sequence SAS4, to the analysis of a series of benchmark spent fuel storage cask measurements performed at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. A total of five storage cask problems were analyzed to determine the expected accuracies of computational analyses using well-established Monte Carlo codes. The results presented herein represent the current status of the work. Predicted neutron dose results generally compare very favorably (within 30%) with the measurements for the cask lid, bottom, and along the cask side. Gamma-ray dose rates exhibit differing trends, depending on the measurement location. For lid and bottom doses, as well as side doses near the endfittings, agreement is again within 30%, although several exceptions are seen. However, for gamma doses along the cask side and adjacent to the active fuel, a factor of 2 overprediction is noted. Investigations into the cause of these discrepancies are currently in progress.

  20. Shielding benchmark calculations of selected spent fuel storage cask experiments

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    Broadhead, B.L.; Tang, J.S.; Parks, C.V. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Taniuchi, H. [Kobe Steel Ltd. (Japan)

    1993-03-01

    This paper describes the application of the three-dimensional Monte Carlo code MORSE-SGC, as implemented in the SCALE system calculational sequence SAS4, to the analysis of a series of benchmark spent fuel storage cask measurements performed at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. A total of five storage cask problems were analyzed to determine the expected accuracies of computational analyses using well-established Monte Carlo codes. The results presented herein represent the current status of the work. Predicted neutron dose results generally compare very favorably (within 30%) with the measurements for the cask lid, bottom, and along the cask side. Gamma-ray dose rates exhibit differing trends, depending on the measurement location. For lid and bottom doses, as well as side doses near the endfittings, agreement is again within 30%, although several exceptions are seen. However, for gamma doses along the cask side and adjacent to the active fuel, a factor of 2 overprediction is noted. Investigations into the cause of these discrepancies are currently in progress.

  1. Shipping and storage cask data for spent nuclear fuel

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    This document is a compilation of data on casks used for the storage and/or transport of commercially generated spent fuel in the US based on publicly available information. In using the information contained in the following data sheets, it should be understood that the data have been assembled from published information, which in some instances was not internally consistent. Moreover, it was sometimes necessary to calculate or infer the values of some attributes from available information. Nor was there always a uniform method of reporting the values of some attributes; for example, an outside surface dose of the loaded cask was sometimes reported to be the maximum acceptable by NRC, while in other cases the maximum actual dose rate expected was reported, and in still other cases the expected average dose rate was reported. A summary comparison of the principal attributes of storage and transportable storage casks is provided and a similar comparison for shipping casks is also shown. References to source data are provided on the individual data sheets for each cask

  2. Shielding calculations for spent CANDU fuel transport cask

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    CANDU spent fuel discharged from the reactor core contains Pu, so, a special attention must be focussed into two directions: tracing for the fuel reactivity in order to prevent critical mass formation and personnel protection during the spent fuel manipulation. Shielding analyses, an essential component of the nuclear safety, take into account the difficulties occurred during the manipulation, transport and storage of spent fuel bundles, both for personnel protection and impact on the environment. The main objective here consists in estimations on radiation doses in order to reduce them under specified limit values. In order to perform the shielding calculations for the spent fuel transport cask three different codes were used: XSDOSE code and MORSE-SGC code, both incorporated in the SCALE4.4a system, and PELSHIE-3 code, respectively. As source of radiation one spent standard CANDU fuel bundle was used. All the geometrical and material data, related to the transport casks, were considered according to the shipping cask type B model, whose prototype has been realized and tested in the Institute for Nuclear Research Pitesti. The radial gamma dose rates estimated to the cask wall and in air, at different distances from the cask, are presented together with a comparison between the dose rates values obtained by all three recipes of shielding calculations. (authors)

  3. Production of casks acceptable for final storage by subsequent treatment of prefilled casks

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    During the operation and the decommissioning of nuclear facilities also radioactive waste material which cannot be encompassed under the general standard waste categories arises. To transfer these types of waste material to interim/final repositories a conditioning/treatment is necessary in most cases. The acceptance conditions of the interim and final repositories require a conditioning considering the type of waste, the specific activities, and the casks to be used. A possible way of conditioning e. g. liquid waste (resins, filter aid, etc.) is to fill the waste into thick-wall casks, if necessary with additional shielding and subsequent drying res. draining. This presentation shall show the experiences and the results gained from the conditioning of these types of middle and higher activated waste. In the NPP Neckar (GKN) 14 ea. 200-I-rolling hoop drums and in the NPP Brokdorf (KBR) 83 ea. mouldings filled with granular resins were stored. 32 200-I-drums with higher activated filters, sludge, as well as mixed waste were located in shielded areas of the drum storage. (orig.)

  4. Application of FELTRAN to NEACRP TN12 shipping cask benchmark. [Shielding of spent nuclear fuel casks

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    Evans, A.M.; Winstanley, D.D.; Watmough, M.H. (British Nuclear Fuels plc, Risley (United Kingdom)); Gerber, R. (Salford Univ. (United Kingdom). Dept. of Pure and Applied Physics)

    1991-01-01

    British Nuclear Fuels plc and Imperial College have collaborated in developing the finite element neutron shielding design code FELTRAN to near production code status. FELTRAN solves the even parity form of the Boltzmann equation using a functional approach. The solution is found in one or two spatial dimensions using various orders of finite elements to specify the problem geometry. The angular dependence of the even parity flux is expressed using spherical harmonics. FELTRAN has been interfaced to ANISN formatted nuclear data libraries such as CASK and BUGLE. Anisotropic scattering may be specified to any order. Methods have been incorporated within the code to analyse systems with voids. FELTRAN is currently undergoing further development. The purpose of this paper is to consider the application of FELTRAN to a practical shield design problem. The OECD have adopted a benchmark experiment to measure the neutron and gamma ray radiation dose rates around a spent fuel transport flask. As part of an international collaboration the physical details of the flask design and contents have been provided to the nuclear industry. The objective is to perform an international comparison of the methods used in the analysis of cask shielding. BNFL is one of the companies involved, using the well established codes RANKERN and MCBEND. The FELTRAN calculations are performed using the same source and geometry data and equivalent angular flux expansions as for these two codes. FELTRAN is then compared with experimental and calculated results. (author).

  5. 77 FR 9591 - List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: HI-STORM 100, Revision 8

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    2012-02-17

    ... COMMISSION 10 CFR Part 72 RIN 3150-AJ05 List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: HI-STORM 100, Revision 8... Commission (NRC or the Commission) is proposing to amend its spent fuel storage cask regulations by revising... Spent Fuel Storage Casks'' to include Amendment No. 8 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No....

  6. 10 CFR 72.240 - Conditions for spent fuel storage cask reapproval.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 10 Energy 2 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Conditions for spent fuel storage cask reapproval. 72.240... STORAGE OF SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL, HIGH-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE, AND REACTOR-RELATED GREATER THAN CLASS C WASTE Approval of Spent Fuel Storage Casks § 72.240 Conditions for spent fuel storage cask...

  7. 75 FR 25120 - List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: NUHOMS® HD System Revision 1

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    2010-05-07

    ... REGULATORY COMMISSION 10 CFR Part 72 RIN 3150-AI75 List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: NUHOMS HD... Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its spent fuel storage cask regulations by revising the Transnuclear, Inc. (TN), NUHOMS HD System listing within the ``List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks''...

  8. 10 CFR 72.230 - Procedures for spent fuel storage cask submittals.

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    ... 10 Energy 2 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Procedures for spent fuel storage cask submittals. 72.230... STORAGE OF SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL, HIGH-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE, AND REACTOR-RELATED GREATER THAN CLASS C WASTE Approval of Spent Fuel Storage Casks § 72.230 Procedures for spent fuel storage cask...

  9. 75 FR 33736 - List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: MAGNASTOR System, Revision 1

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    2010-06-15

    ... COMMISSION 10 CFR Part 72 RIN 3150--AI86 List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: MAGNASTOR System... Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its spent fuel storage cask regulations by revising the NAC International, Inc. (NAC), MAGNASTOR System listing within the ``List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks''...

  10. Potential Multi-Canister Overpack (MCO) Cask Drop in the K West Basin South Loadout Pit

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    This calculation note documents the probabilistic calculation of a potential drop of a multi-canister overpack (MCO) cask or MCO cask and immersion pail at the K West Basin south loadout pit. The calculations are in support of the cask loading system (CLS) subproject alignment of CLS equipment in the K West Basin south loadout pit

  11. REVIEW OF FAST FLUX TEST FACILITY (FFTF) FUEL EXPERIMENTS FOR STORAGE IN INTERIM STORAGE CASKS (ISC)

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    CHASTAIN, S.A.

    2005-10-24

    Appendix H, Section H.3.3.10.11 of the Final Safety Analysis Report (FSAR), provides the limits to be observed for fueled components authorized for storage in the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF) spent fuel storage system. Currently, the authorization basis allows standard driver fuel assemblies (DFA), as described in the FSAR Chapter 17, Section 17.5.3.1, to be stored provided decay power per assembly is {le} 250 watts, post-irradiation time is four years minimum, average assembly burn-up is 150,000 MWD/MTHM maximum and the pre-irradiation enrichment is 29.3% maximum (per H.3.3.10.11). In addition, driver evaluation (DE), core characterizer assemblies (CCA), and run-to-cladding-breach (RTCB) assemblies are included based on their similarities to a standard DFA. Ident-69 pin containers with fuel pins from these DFAs can also be stored. Section H.3.3.10.11 states that fuel types outside the specification criteria above will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. There are many different types of fuel and blanket experiments that were irradiated in the FFTF which now require offload to the spent fuel storage system. Two reviews were completed for a portion of these special type fuel components to determine if placement into the Core Component Container (CCC)/Interim Storage Cask (ISC) would require any special considerations or changes to the authorization basis. Project mission priorities coupled with availability of resources and analysts prevented these evaluations from being completed as a single effort. Areas of review have included radiological accident release consequences, radiological shielding adequacy, criticality safety, thermal limits, confinement, and stress. The results of these reviews are available in WHC-SD-FF-RPT-005, Rev. 0 and 1, ''Review of FFTF Fuel Experiments for Storage at ISA'', (Reference I), which subsequently allowed a large portion of these components to be included in the authorization basis (Table H.3.3-21). The

  12. REVIEW OF FAST FLUX TEST FACILITY (FFTF) FUEL EXPERIMENTS FOR STORAGE IN INTERIM STORAGE CASKS (ISCs)

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    Appendix H, Section H.3.3.10.11 of the Final Safety Analysis Report (FSAR), provides the limits to be observed for fueled components authorized for storage in the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF) spent fuel storage system. Currently, the authorization basis allows standard driver fuel assemblies (DFA), as described in the FSAR Chapter 17, Section 17.5.3.1, to be stored provided decay power per assembly is (le) 250 watts, post-irradiation time is four years minimum, average assembly burn-up is 150,000 MWD/MTHM maximum and the pre-irradiation enrichment is 29.3% maximum (per H.3.3.10.11). In addition, driver evaluation (DE), core characterizer assemblies (CCA), and run-to-cladding-breach (RTCB) assemblies are included based on their similarities to a standard DFA. Ident-69 pin containers with fuel pins from these DFAs can also be stored. Section H.3.3.10.11 states that fuel types outside the specification criteria above will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. There are many different types of fuel and blanket experiments that were irradiated in the FFTF which now require offload to the spent fuel storage system. Two reviews were completed for a portion of these special type fuel components to determine if placement into the Core Component Container (CCC)/Interim Storage Cask (ISC) would require any special considerations or changes to the authorization basis. Project mission priorities coupled with availability of resources and analysts prevented these evaluations from being completed as a single effort. Areas of review have included radiological accident release consequences, radiological shielding adequacy, criticality safety, thermal limits, confinement, and stress. The results of these reviews are available in WHC-SD-FF-RPT-005, Rev. 0 and 1, ''Review of FFTF Fuel Experiments for Storage at ISA'', (Reference I), which subsequently allowed a large portion of these components to be included in the authorization basis (Table H.3.3-21). The report also identified

  13. AREVA NP Inc next generation fresh UO2 fuel assembly shipping cask: SCALE - CRISTAL comparisons lead to safety criticality confidence

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    AREVA NP as a worldwide PWR fuel provider has to have a fleet of fresh UO2 shipping casks being agreed within a lot of countries including USA (France), Germany, Belgium, Sweden, China, and South Africa... and to accommodate foreseen EPR Nuclear Power Plants fuel buildings. To reach this target the AREVA NP Fuel Sector decided to develop an up to date shipping cask gathering experience feedback of the today fleet and an improved safety allowing the design to comply with international regulations (NRC and IAEA) and local Safety Authorities. Based on pre design features a safety case was set up to highlight safety margins. Criticality hypothetical accidental assumptions were defined: -Preferential flooding - Fuel rod lattice pitch expansion for full length of fuel assemblies - Neutron absorber penalty -... Well known computer codes, American SCALE package and French CRISTAL package, were used to check configurations reactivity and to ensure that both codes lead to coherent results. Basic spectral calculations are based on similar algorithms with specific microscopic cross sections ENDF/BV for SCALE and JEF2.2 for CRISTAL. The main differences between the two packages is on one hand SCALE's three dimensional fuel assembly geometry is described by a pin by pin model while an homogenized fuel assembly description is used by CRISTAL and on the other hand SCALE is working with either 44 or 238 neutron energy groups while CRISTAL is with a 172 neutron energy groups. Those two computer packages rely on a wide validation process helping defining uncertainties as required by regulations in force. The shipping cask with two fuel assemblies is designed to maximize fuel isolation inside a cask and with neighboring ones even for large array configuration cases. Proven industrial products are used: - BoralTM as neutron absorber - High density polyethylene (HDPE) or Nylon as neutron moderator - Foam as thermal and mechanical protection The cask is designed to handle the complete

  14. AREVA NP next generation fresh UO2 fuel assembly shipping cask: SCALE - CRISTAL comparisons lead to safety criticality confidence

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    AREVA NP as a worldwide PWR fuel provider has to have a fleet of fresh UO2 shipping casks being agreed within a lot of countries including USA, France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, China, and South Africa - and to accommodate foreseen EPR Nuclear Power Plants fuel buildings. To reach this target the AREVA NP Fuel Sector decided to develop an up-to-date shipping cask (so called MAP project) gathering experience feedback of the today fleet and an improved safety allowing the design to comply with international regulations (NRC and IAEA) and local Safety Authorities. Based on pre design features a safety case was set up to highlight safety margins. Criticality hypothetical accidental assumptions were defined: - Preferential flooding; - Fuel rod lattice pitch expansion for full length of fuel assemblies; - Neutron absorber penalty; -... Well known computer codes, American SCALE package and French CRISTAL package, were used to check configurations reactivity and to ensure that both codes lead to coherent results. Basic spectral calculations are based on similar algorithms with specific microscopic cross sections ENDF/BV for SCALE and JEF2.2 for CRISTAL. The main differences between the two packages is on one hand SCALE's three dimensional fuel assembly geometry is described by a pin by pin model while an homogenized fuel assembly description is used by CRISTAL and on the other hand SCALE is working with either 44 or 238 neutron energy groups while CRISTAL is with a 172 neutron energy groups. Those two computer packages rely on a wide validation process helping defining uncertainties as required by regulations in force. The shipping cask with two fuel assemblies is designed to maximize fuel isolation inside a cask and with neighboring ones even for large array configuration cases. Proven industrial products are used: - BoralTM as neutron absorber; - High density polyethylene (HDPE) or Nylon as neutron moderator; - Foam as thermal and mechanical protection. The cask is

  15. Evaluation of Candidate In-Pile Thermal Conductivity Techniques

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    B. Fox; H. Ban; J. Daw; K. Condie; D. Knudson; J. Rempe

    2009-05-01

    Thermophysical properties of materials must be known for proper design, test, and application of new fuels and structural properties in nuclear reactors. In the case of nuclear fuels during irradiation, the physical structure and chemical composition change as a function of time and position within the rod. Typically, thermal conductivity changes, as well as other thermophysical properties being evaluated during irradiation in a materials and test reactor, are measured out-of-pile in “hot-cells.” Repeatedly removing samples from a test reactor to make out-of-pile measurements is expensive, has the potential to disturb phenomena of interest, and only provide understanding of the sample's end state at the time each measurement is made. There are also limited thermophysical property data for advanced fuels. Such data are needed for the development of next generation reactors and advanced fuels for existing nuclear plants. Having the capacity to effectively and quickly characterize fuels and material properties during irradiation has the potential to improve the fidelity of nuclear fuel data and reduce irradiation testing costs.

  16. NONDESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION OF WOOD STRENGTH USING THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Relationships between the coefficient of thermal conductivity (CTC and the strength properties of wood were investigated. Small clear test specimens were prepared from beech, fir, and pine wood. CTC values of the test specimens were measured based on the ASTM C 1113-99 hot-wire method. Wood density and some mechanical properties were then determined according to related ISO standards. In order to designate relationships between the CTC and mechanical properties, linear regression analysis was performed. Significant linear correlations were found between the CTC and the specific gravity, the modulus of rupture, the modulus of elasticity, and the impact bending strength of the wood from all tree species. However, there was a weak and non-significant relationship between the CTC and the compression strength of the specimens from each tree species. As a consequence, the CTC has a considerable potential in nondestructive evaluation of wood density and strength. However, the reciprocal correlations among the MC-strength, MC-CTC, temperature-strength, and temperature-CTC appear to be most significant limitations for using CTC as a NDE method for wood. Further detailed investigations are needed.

  17. Comparison of thermal analysis and differential thermal analysis for evaluating solid fraction evolution during solidification of Al-Si alloys

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    Fernandez-Calvo, Ana Isabel; Niklas, Andrea; Lacaze, Jacques

    2010-01-01

    Both thermal analysis (TA) and differential thermal analysis (DTA) have been used since long to evaluate latent heat release and solid fraction evolution during solidification of metallic alloys. TA makes use of cooling curves recorded under "natural" cooling while DTA consists in recording the temperature difference between the sample temperature and an inert reference during a controlled cooling, i.e. at imposed constant cooling rate. In both cases, the solid fraction evolution is deduced f...

  18. Human factors engineering applications in the testing of the legal weight truck cask transportation system

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    The Department of Energy's Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM) will collect performance data to be used in limited human factors engineering analysis of the light weight tractor as a component of the legal weight truck cask transport system. The Management and Operating contractor will provide an analysis and comparison of limited data on driver behavior and subjective driver evaluations of the light weight tractor performance versus that of a heavier baseline tractor. A significant difference in performance data would suggest that given tractor configurations affect driver behavior differently

  19. Comparison of cask and dry well storage concepts for a stand-alone monitored retrievable storage/interim storage system

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    Metal storage casks are compared with surface dry wells for storage of spent fuel or solidified high-level wastes. Conceptual designs of monitored retrievable storage/interim storage (MRS/IS) facilities are described and evaluated for both storage concepts. The MRS/IS facilities include systems and storage facilities for transuranic (TRU) waste. The impact of TRU waste on the MRS/IS facility is evaluated. Comparisons of the storage concepts were made for three cases for which different reprocessing and disposal schedules were assumed, thus affecting the size and handling rate of the MRS/IS facility. In all cases, dry wells were more economical than metal storage casks. 6 references, 51 figures, 51 tables

  20. Standard review plan for dry cask storage systems. Final report

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    1997-01-01

    The Standard Review Plan (SRP) For Dry Cask Storage Systems provides guidance to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff in the Spent Fuel Project Office for performing safety reviews of dry cask storage systems. The SRP is intended to ensure the quality and uniformity of the staff reviews, present a basis for the review scope, and clarification of the regulatory requirements. Part 72, Subpart B generally specifies the information needed in a license application for the independent storage of spent nuclear fuel and high level radioactive waste. Regulatory Guide 3.61 {open_quotes}Standard Format and Content for a Topical Safety Analysis Report for a Spent Fuel Dry Storage Cask{close_quotes} contains an outline of the specific information required by the staff. The SRP is divided into 14 sections which reflect the standard application format. Regulatory requirements, staff positions, industry codes and standards, acceptance criteria, and other information are discussed.

  1. Influence of local regulations on TN dual purpose BWR casks

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    Transnucleaire (Paris, France) and Transnuclear, Inc. (Hawthorne, New York, United Sates) have both developed Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) spent fuel casks for storage and transport purposes. The products are supplied in Europe by Transnucleaire and in the United States by Transnuclear, Inc. Now the TN Group is working on a design for Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) spent fuel assemblies: the TN 52 L cask is designed for transport and storage is Switzerland, the TN 68 cask is designed for transport and storage in the United States. For storage purpose, national regulatory requirements have to be met: each country has specific demands and criteria. As a consequence, differences between the TN 52 L design and the TN 68 design for rather similar contents appear in several fields: the design work, the licensing process, the manufacturing and the operational life. (author)

  2. High temperature performance limit of containment system of transport cask

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    Kato, Osamu; Saegusa, Toshiari [Central Research Inst. of Electric Power Industry, Abiko, Chiba (Japan). Abiko Research Lab.

    1998-03-01

    The containment performance of a containment system using elastomer gaskets for transport casks under a high temperature and high pressure was clarified. Major results are as follows; (1) The deformation characteristics of the gaskets were represented by the compressive permanent strain rate (Dp). The temperature and time dependence was shown by Larson-Miller Parameter (LMP). (2) Generally, the high temperature performance limit is obtained by a value of LMP when the Dp value reaches 80%. However, the gaskets (FKM, VMQ, EPDM) used for real transport casks were not damaged and the containment performance was not deteriorated as a conservative condition. (3) Assuming that the service period of the gaskets for transport casks is 3 months or 1 year, the high temperature performance limit of the gasket made of fluorine rubber (FKM) is 202degC or 182degC, respectively, which includes safety margin. (author)

  3. High temperature performance limit of containment system of transport cask

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    The containment performance of a containment system using elastomer gaskets for transport casks under a high temperature and high pressure was clarified. Major results are as follows; (1) The deformation characteristics of the gaskets were represented by the compressive permanent strain rate (Dp). The temperature and time dependence was shown by Larson-Miller Parameter (LMP). (2) Generally, the high temperature performance limit is obtained by a value of LMP when the Dp value reaches 80%. However, the gaskets (FKM, VMQ, EPDM) used for real transport casks were not damaged and the containment performance was not deteriorated as a conservative condition. (3) Assuming that the service period of the gaskets for transport casks is 3 months or 1 year, the high temperature performance limit of the gasket made of fluorine rubber (FKM) is 202degC or 182degC, respectively, which includes safety margin. (author)

  4. Plutonium detection in casks of compactable solid waste

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    This report describes a method for determining plutonium in casks of compactable solid waste; it can be applied to amounts of plutonium varying from 2 to 200 grams. The principle of the method is the counting of the 380 keV γ photons from the plutonium 239; a correction is required if both zirconium 95 and niobium 95 are present in the cask. The maximum amount of zirconium 95 + niobium 95 which can be tolerated is 5 microcuries per gram of plutonium, and 300 microcuries per cask. Under the best conditions the accuracy of the measurement appears to be of the order of ±30 per cent, but experience has shown that the method is very useful as a guide to the recovery of the plutonium in the waste. In effect, for a batch of fifty measurements, the difference between the plutonium measured by this method and the plutonium recovered from the waste was equal to 10 per cent. (authors)

  5. Treatment of stainless steel cladding in pressurized thermal shock evaluation: deterministic analyses

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    Fracture mechanics is one of the major areas of the pressurized thermal shock (PTS) evaluation. To evaluate the reactor pressure vessel integrity associated with PTS, PFM methodology demands precise calculation of temperature, stress, and stress intensity factor for the variety of PTS transients. However, the existence of stainless steel cladding, with different thermal, physical, and mechanical property, at the inner surface of reactor pressure vessel complicates the fracture mechanics analysis. In this paper, treatment schemes to evaluate stress and resulting stress intensity factor for RPV with stainless steel clad are introduced. For a reference transient, the effects of clad thermal conductivity and thermal expansion coefficients on deterministic fracture mechanics analysis are examined

  6. Impact Analyses and Tests of Concrete Overpacks of Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Casks

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    A concrete cask is an option for spent nuclear fuel interim storage. A concrete cask usually consists of a metallic canister which confines the spent nuclear fuel assemblies and a concrete overpack. When the overpack undergoes a missile impact, which might be caused by a tornado or an aircraft crash, it should sustain an acceptable level of structural integrity so that its radiation shielding capability and the retrievability of the canister are maintained. A missile impact against a concrete overpack produces two damage modes, local damage and global damage. In conventional approaches, those two damage modes are decoupled and evaluated separately. The local damage of concrete is usually evaluated by empirical formulas, while the global damage is evaluated by finite element analysis. However, this decoupled approach may lead to a very conservative estimation of both damages. In this research, finite element analysis with material failure models and element erosion is applied to the evaluation of local and global damage of concrete overpacks under high speed missile impacts. Two types of concrete overpacks with different configurations are considered. The numerical simulation results are compared with test results, and it is shown that the finite element analysis predicts both local and global damage qualitatively well, but the quantitative accuracy of the results are highly dependent on the fine-tuning of material and failure parameters

  7. Alternatives for implementing burnup credit in the design and operation of spent fuel transport casks

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    The traditional assumption used in evaluating criticality safety of spent fuel cask is that the spent fuel is as reactive as when it was fresh (new). This is known as the fresh fuel assumption. It avoids a number of calculational and verification difficulties, but could take a heavy toll in decreased efficiency. The alternative to the fresh fuel assumption is called burnup credit. That is, the reduced reactivity of spent fuel that comes about from depletion of fissile radionuclides and net increase in neutron absorbers (poisons) is taken into account. It is recognizable that the use of burnup credit will in fact increase the percentage of unacceptable or non-specification fuel available for misloading. This could reduce individual cask safety margins if current practices with respect to loading procedures are maintained. As such, additional operational, design, analysis, and validation requirements should be established that, as a minimum, compensate for any potential reduction in fuel loading safety margin. This method is based on a probabilistic (PRA) approach and is called a relative risk comparison. The method assumes a linear risk model, and uses a selected probability function to compare the system of interest and an acceptable reference system by varying the features of each to assess effects on system safety. While risk is the product of an event probability and its consequence, the consequences of criticality in a cask are considered to be both unacceptable and the same, regardless of the initiating sequence. Therefore, only the probability of the event is considered in a relative risk evaluation

  8. Validation and benchmarking of calculation methods for photon and neutron transport at cask configurations

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    The reliability of calculation tools to evaluate and calculate dose rates appearing behind multi-layered shields is important with regard to the certification of transport and storage casks. Actual benchmark databases like SINBAD do not offer such configurations because they were developed for reactor and accelerator purposes. Due to this, a bench-mark-suite based on own experiments that contain dose rates measured in different distances and levels from a transport and storage cask and on a public benchmark to validate Monte-Carlo-transport-codes has been developed. The analysed and summarised experiments include a 60Co point-source located in a cylindrical cask, a 252Cf line-source shielded by iron and polyethylene (PE) and a bare 252Cf source moderated by PE in a concrete-labyrinth with different inserted shielding materials to quantify neutron streaming effects on measured dose rates. In detail not only MCNPTM (version 5.1.6) but also MAVRIC, included in the SCALE 6.1 package, have been compared for photon and neutron transport. Aiming at low deviations between calculation and measurement requires precise source term specification and exact measurements of the dose rates which have been evaluated carefully including known uncertainties. In MAVRIC different source-descriptions with respect to the group-structure of the nuclear data library are analysed for the calculation of gamma dose rates because the energy lines of 60Co can only be modelled in groups. In total the comparison shows that MCNPTM fits very wall to the measurements within up to two standard deviations and that MAVRIC behaves similarly under the prerequisite that the source-model can be optimized. (author)

  9. Evaluation of local thermal discomfort in a classroom equipped with cross flow ventilation

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    Conceição, E. Z. E.; Lucio, M. M. J. R.; Vicente, V. D. S. R.; Rosão, Vitor

    2008-01-01

    This paper presents an evaluation of the local thermal discomfort level in a classroom equipped with cross ventilation, for a typical moderate summer day in Portugal. Three different ventilation configurations based on window and door opening were considered. In each, the thermal comfort, air quality and acoustical comfort conditions were also evaluated. This experimental study was made in the South of Portugal, exposed to a Mediterranean climate. Thermal comfort was based on the PMV index, t...

  10. Optimization of cask capacity for long term spent fuel storage

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    Full text: Long term storage of spent fuel is a priority topic within the Member States of the IAEA. Long term spent fuel storage was previously addressed in an IAEA Co-ordinated Research Project /1/, which recognized the growing challenge of extending the life of storage facilities. Dry cask storage of spent fuel is playing a steadily increasing role in this regard. Storage practices should comply with IAEA safety requirements 'International Basic Safety Standards for Protection Against Ionizing Radiation and for the Safety of Radiation Sources' /2/, including maintaining doses as low as reasonably (taking economic/social/etc aspects. into account) achievable [i.e., the ALARA principle]. Within the framework of the IAEA Subprogramme of Spent Fuel Management, a new project was conceived, focusing on issues associated with the optimisation of cask/container loading (capacity) with respect to long term storage and the related integrity of fuel, see IAEA /3. Optimization is a part of the design process in which the combination of application objectives, regulatory limits and design margins are innovatively addressed and judiciously balanced in the final design. A primary result of a successful design optimization is a cask of superior assembly and burnup/age capacity that minimizes the total number of required cask loadings. An equally important and parallel benefit is that this process also results in reduced radiation exposure, thereby contributing significantly to maintaining doses as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA objectives). In this sense, both cask designers and regulators have the common ultimate goal of improving cask performance, and thus facilitating optimization. An initial Consultants Meeting held in November 2002 identified and discussed principal issues regarding the optimization of cask/container assembly capacity and burnup/age capability in the design of systems for long term spent fuel storage and the related integrity of fuel. Working

  11. Development of new type concrete for spent fuel storage cask

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    Heat resistant concrete has been developed to make it possible to design a new type cask that has been designed on the same concept of metal cask technologies for use in high temperature conditions. The allowable temperature of conventional concrete is limited to less than 100 degrees Celsius because most of its moisture is free water and therefore hydrogen, which is effective for neutron shielding, can be easily lost. Our newly developed concrete uses chemically bonded water and as a result can be used under high temperatures

  12. Quality assurance in a cask fleet parts control system

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    This paper discusses applicable portions of the eighteen Quality Assurance criteria of Subpart H, 10 CFR 71 which are incorporated into a relational data base system which has been designed to manage the spare parts control system for a fleet of spent nuclear fuel casks. The system includes not only parts in warehouse storage but parts in use in the field plus casks, ancillary equipment, test equipment, support devices, and even personnel. It provides a high degree of assurance that any device for which a condition for certification has expired will be flagged for recertification testing or removal from service well before the critical date

  13. Quality assurance in a cask fleet parts control system

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    Applicable portions of the eighteen Quality Assurance criteria of Subpart H, 10 CFR 71 are incorporated into a relational data base system which has been designed to manage the spare parts control system for a fleet of spent nuclear fuel casks. The system includes not only parts in warehouse storage but parts in use in the field plus casks, ancillary equipment, test equipment, support devices, and even personnel. It provides a high degree of assurance that any device for which a condition for certification has expired will be flagged for recertification testing or removal from service well before the critical date

  14. Dry Spent Fuel Cask Transporter equipment design, testing, and operational features

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    The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has established a program for the testing of a variety of dry spent fuel storage casks. The program is being conducted at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL) by EG and G Idaho Inc. Testing of storage casks at INEL requires that large storage casks (max. gross wt. 127.1 Mg) be moved and positioned from/to an indoor loading location to an outdoor storage pad. A Dry Spent Fuel Cask Transporter has been developed to safely, conveniently, and economically transport/handle a variety of storage casks within and around the confines of nuclear sites and facility

  15. Performance testing and analyses of the VSC-17 ventilated concrete cask

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    This document details performance test which was conducted on a Pacific Sierra Nuclear VSC-17 ventilated concrete storage cask configured for pressurized-water reactor (PWR) spent fuel. The performance test consisted of loading the VSC-17 cask with 17 canisters of consolidated PWR spent fuel from Virginia Power's Surry and Florida Power ampersand Light Turkey Point reactors. Cask surface, concrete, air channel surfaces, and fuel canister guide tube temperatures were measured, as were cask surface gamma and neutron dose rates. Testing was performed with vacuum, nitrogen, and helium backfill environments in a vertical cask orientation. Data on spent fuel integrity were also obtained

  16. Development of epoxy nanocomposite based neutron shielding materials for spent fuel cask

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    The neutron shield material, which is an important infrastructure component in the spent fuel storage cask system, is becoming an increasingly important issue because the accumulation of the spent fuel is expected to reach its saturation for a storage pool of each Korean NPP. Together with flame retardancy, this material has to withstand a long period of time in an inclement environment with intense levels of neutron and gamma radiations in combination with high-temperature. Therefore, in addition to a radiation shielding, high performance polymeric materials with mechanical durability, flame resistance, low specific weight and thermal stability during the service life are needed. In this research project, high functional epoxy nanocomposites with B4C, PbO, and Al(OH)3 using ultrasonic dispersion approach were developed, and the core technology for uniform dispersion of three different fillers in the epoxy matrices and enhanced adhesion of three different fillers in the epoxy matrices and enhanced adhesion of nano-particulate fillers within the matrices was also established. The technology can be used to fabricate the neutron shield material for applying Korean storage/transportation cask model through the future practical application R and D stages

  17. IMPACLIB: a material property data library for impact analysis of radioactive material transport casks

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    Ikushima, Takeshi [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment

    1997-12-01

    The paper describes the structural data library and graphical program for impact and stress analyses of radioactive material transport casks. Four kinds of material data, structure steels, stainless steels, leads and woods are compiled. These materials are main structural elements of casks. Structural data such as, coefficient of thermal expansion, modulus of longitudinal elasticity, modulus of transverse elasticity, Poisson`s ratio and stress-strain relationship have been tabulated. Main features of IMPACLIB are as follows: (1) data have been tabulated against temperature or strain rate, (2) thirteen kinds of polynominal fitting for stress-strain curve are available, (3) it is capable of graphical representations for structural data and (4) the IMPACLIB is able to be used on not only main frame computers but also work stations (OS UNIX) and personal computers (OS Windows 3.1). In the paper, brief illustration of data library is presented in the first section. The second section presents descriptions of structural data. The third section provides a user`s guide for computer program and input data for the IMPACLIB. (author)

  18. Testing of ethylene propylene seals for the GA-4/GA-9 casks

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    The primary O-ring seal of the GA-4 and GA-9 casks was tested for leakage with a full-scale mockup of the cask lid and flange. Tests were performed at temperatures of ambient, -41, 121, and 193 C. Shim plates between the lid and flange simulated gaps caused by thermal distortion. The testing used a helium mass spectrometer leak detector (MSLD). Results showed that the primary seal was leaktight for all test conditions. Helium permeation through the seal began in 13--23 minutes for the ambient tests and in 1--2 minutes for the tests at elevated temperatures. After each test several hours of pumping were typically required to reduce the MSLD background reading to an acceptable level for the next test, indicating that the seal had become saturated with helium. To verify that the test results showed permeation and not real leakage, several response checks were conducted in which a calibrated leak source was inserted in the detector line near the seal. When the leak source was activated the detector responded within seconds

  19. IMPACLIB: a material property data library for impact analysis of radioactive material transport casks

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    The paper describes the structural data library and graphical program for impact and stress analyses of radioactive material transport casks. Four kinds of material data, structure steels, stainless steels, leads and woods are compiled. These materials are main structural elements of casks. Structural data such as, coefficient of thermal expansion, modulus of longitudinal elasticity, modulus of transverse elasticity, Poisson's ratio and stress-strain relationship have been tabulated. Main features of IMPACLIB are as follows: (1) data have been tabulated against temperature or strain rate, (2) thirteen kinds of polynominal fitting for stress-strain curve are available, (3) it is capable of graphical representations for structural data and (4) the IMPACLIB is able to be used on not only main frame computers but also work stations (OS UNIX) and personal computers (OS Windows 3.1). In the paper, brief illustration of data library is presented in the first section. The second section presents descriptions of structural data. The third section provides a user's guide for computer program and input data for the IMPACLIB. (author)

  20. Experience with the loading and transport of fuel assembly transport casks, including CASTOR casks, and the radiation exposure of personnel

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    In 1997 and 1998, six spent fuel assembly transports started from the nuclear power plant Gemeinschaftskernkraftwerk Neckar (GKN), using CASTOR-V19 casks. Professor Kuni of Marburg University challenged the statement made by the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection (Bundesamt fuer Strahlenschutz (BfS)) based on accepted scientific knowledge, according to which so-called CASTOR transports present no risk, either to the population or to the escorting police units. This paper shows that the collective dose during the loading of the CASTOR casks amounted to 4.5 mSv (gamma and neutrons) per cask at the most, and that the maximum individual dose amounted to 0.26 mSv. In addition to these doses, the collective dose during handling and transport must be considered: this amounted to 0.35 mSv (gamma and neutrons). The dose to the police escort was -2 (limit for surface contamination), presented degrees of contamination >4 Bq cm-2 upon reaching the Valognes/Cogema terminal. However, transport casks coming from French plants also revealed degrees of contamination >4 Bq cm-2, as well as 'hot spots'. No such contamination was found on NTL 11 casks transported from the GKN to Sellafield. Neither was any increased contamination found upon the arrival of CASTOR-V19 casks transported from GKN to Gorleben or Ahaus. The partially sensationalist media reports were inversely proportional to the actual radiological relevance of the matter. The German Commission on Radiation Protection (SSK) confirmed that the radiological effect of such contaminated spent fuel transports is negligible. (author)

  1. Evaluation of the of thermal shock resistance of a castable containing andalusite aggregates by thermal shock cycles

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    The thermal shock resistance of refractory materials is one of the most important characteristics that determine their performance in many applications, since abrupt and drastic differences in temperature can damage them. Resistance to thermal shock damage can be evaluated based on thermal cycles, i.e., successive heating and cooling cycles followed by an analysis of the drop in Young's modulus occurring in each cycle. The aim of this study was to evaluate the resistance to thermal shock damage in a commercial refractory concrete with andalusite aggregate. Concrete samples that were sintered at 1000 deg C and 1450 deg C for 5 hours to predict and were subjected to 30 thermal shock cycles, soaking in the furnace for 20 minutes at a temperature of 1000 deg C, and subsequent cooling in circulating water at 25 deg C. The results showed a decrease in Young's modulus and rupture around 72% for samples sintered at 1000 ° C, and 82% in sintered at 1450 ° C. The refractory sintered at 1450 deg C would show lower thermal shock resistance than the refractory sintered at 1000 deg C. (author)

  2. Spent fuel storage cask testing and operational experience at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory

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    Spent-fuel storage cask research, development, and demonstration activities are being performed for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM) as a part of the storage cask testing program. The cask testing program at federal sites and other locations supports the Nuclear Waste Policy Act (NWPA) and DOE objectives for cooperative demonstrations with the cask vendors and utilities for development of at-reactor dry cask storage capabilities for spent nuclear fuel assemblies. One research and development program for the storage cask performance testing of metal storage cask was initiated through a cooperative agreement between Virginia Power and DOE in 1984. The performance testing was conducted for the DOE and the Electric Power Research Institute by the Pacific Northwest laboratory, operated for DOE by Battelle Memorial Institute, and the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL), operated for DOE by EG ampersand G Idaho, Inc. In 1988 a cooperative agreement was entered into by DOE with Pacific Sierra Nuclear Associates (PSN) for performance testing of the PSN concrete Ventilated Storage Cask. Another closely related activity involving INEL is a transportable storage cask project identified as the Nuclear Fuel Services Spent-Fuel Shipping/Storage Cask Demonstration Project. The purpose of this project is to demonstrate the feasibility of packing, transporting, and storing commercial spent fuel in dual-purpose transport/storage casks

  3. Flight evaluation of Spacelab 1 payload thermal/ECS interfaces

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    Ray, C. D.; Humphries, W. R.; Patterson, W. C.

    1984-01-01

    The Spacelab (SL-1) thermal/Environmental Control Systems (ECS) are discussed. Preflight analyses and flight data are compared in order to validate payload to Spacelab interfaces as well as corroborate modeling/analysis techniques. In doing so, a brief description of the Spacelab 1 payload configuration and the interactive Spacelab thermal/ECS systems are given. In particular, these interfaces address equipment cooling air, thermal and fluid conditions, humidity levels, both freon and water loop temperatures and load states, as well as passive radiant environment interfaces.

  4. The interim storage facility with dry storage casks and its safeguards activity

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    Recyclable-Fuel Storage Company (RFS) is constructing an interim storage facility of spent fuel at Recyclable-Fuel Storage Center (RFSC) in Aomori Prefecture. Metallic dry casks are employed to contain the spent fuel from nuclear power plants and to serve for about 50 years in RFSC. Metallic dry casks have already been used for dry cask storage facility at Tokai No.2 power station of Japan Atomic Power Company. But, RFSC is not exactly the same as the dry cask storage facility at Tokai No.2 power station, for example, cask transportation between facilities and no hot cells. Therefore, additional safeguards activities are necessary. The outline of the design and handling of metallic dry casks at RFSC and the currently developing status of safeguards activity such as containment and surveillance for the cask receipt and storage at RFSC, etc are described. (author)

  5. Cosmic ray muon computed tomography of spent nuclear fuel in dry storage casks

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    Poulson, D; Guardincerri, E; Morris, C L; Bacon, J D; Plaud-Ramos, K; Morley, D; Hecht, A

    2016-01-01

    Radiography with cosmic ray muon scattering has proven to be a successful method of imaging nuclear material through heavy shielding. Of particular interest is monitoring dry storage casks for diversion of plutonium contained in spent reactor fuel. Using muon tracking detectors that surround a cylindrical cask, cosmic ray muon scattering can be simultaneously measured from all azimuthal angles, giving complete tomographic coverage of the cask interior. This paper describes the first application of filtered back projection algorithms, typically used in medical imaging, to cosmic ray muon imaging. The specific application to monitoring spent nuclear fuel in dry storage casks is investigated via GEANT4 simulations. With a cylindrical muon tracking detector surrounding a typical spent fuel cask, the cask contents can be confirmed with high confidence in less than two days exposure. Similar results can be obtained by moving a smaller detector to view the cask from multiple angles.

  6. Yucca Mountain thermal response: An evaluation of the effects of modeled geologic structure and thermal property descriptions

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    To assess the influence of mountain-scale thermal property model variations on predicted host-rock thermal response, a series of heat conduction calculations were run using a representative two-dimensional cross section of Yucca Mountain. The effects of modeled geologic structure were evaluated through comparisons of results from a single-material, homogeneous model with those from a uniformly layered model, a discontinuous sloping-layered model, and a geo-statistical realization of thermal properties. Comparisons indicate that assumed geologic structure can result in up to a 24 degrees C difference in predicted temperature response. Further, thermal simulations of the method used to analyze geostatistical realizations of thermal properties shows promise as an efficient means of capturing geologic structure without the complexities of intricate finite element meshing. The functional representation of two thermal property models were also investigated. The first examines the effect of using a weighting scheme to define properties for a single, homogenous material model. The second investigates the impact of thermal property temperature dependence on predicted response. As with the investigation of geologic structure, noticeable differences in predicted temperatures (up to 29 degrees C) were found to result

  7. AUTOCASK (AUTOmatic Generation of 3-D CASK models). A microcomputer based system for shipping cask design review analysis

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    AUTOCASK (AUTOmatic Generation of 3-D CASK models) is a microcomputer-based system of computer programs and databases developed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) for the structural analysis of shipping casks for radioactive material. Model specification is performed on the microcomputer, and the analyses are performed on an engineering workstation or mainframe computer. AUTOCASK is based on 80386/80486 compatible microcomputers. The system is composed of a series of menus, input programs, display programs, a mesh generation program, and archive programs. All data is entered through fill-in-the-blank input screens that contain descriptive data requests

  8. Evaluation of thermal sprayed coating using ultrasonic inspection by means of bottom echo back reflection

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    Toshifumi KUBOHORI; Toru ITO; Wahidullah WAHI; Yasuyuki INUI; Toshiro IKUTA

    2009-01-01

    Thermal spraying technique is widely used in various mechanical parts as a surface reforming technique. However, as demand to maintain superior mechanical performance in harsh operating environment increases, the need for non-destructive evaluation method for thermal spray coating becomes more important. For this purpose, we thinned the thickness of the thermal sprayed coating by abrasion with blasting and used ultrasonic inspection by means of bottom echo reflection for effective measurement of abrasion quantity in thermal sprayed coating. The results obtained are summarized as follows. When the thickness of thermal sprayed coating becomes thin, the echo height increases. This is because thermal sprayed coatings absorb ultrasonic energy. Ultrasonic energy absorbed by Al2O3 is smaller compared with Fe-13Cr coating. Thermal sprayed coatings submerged in water have a lower echo height compared with air. As mentioned above, the thermal sprayed coating thickness can be estimated using ultrasonic inspection by means of bottom echo back reflection.

  9. Evaluation of solar thermal storage for base load electricity generation

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    Adinberg R.

    2012-01-01

    In order to stabilize solar electric power production during the day and prolong the daily operating cycle for several hours in the nighttime, solar thermal power plants have the options of using either or both solar thermal storage and fossil fuel hybridization. The share of solar energy in the annual electricity production capacity of hybrid solar-fossil power plants without energy storage is only about 20%. As it follows from the computer simulations performed for base load electricity dem...

  10. Development of high-strength aluminum alloys for basket in transport and storage cask for high burn-up spent fuel

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    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has developed high-strength borated aluminum alloys (high-strength B-Al alloys), suitable for application to baskets in transport and storage casks for high burn-up spent fuels. Aluminum is a suitable base material for the baskets due to its low density and high thermal conductivity. The aluminum basket would reduce weight of the cask, and effectively release heat generated by spent fuels. MHI had already developed borated aluminum alloys (high-toughness B-Al alloy), and registered them as ASME Code Case ''N-673''. However, there has been a strong demand for basket materials with higher strength in the case of MSF (Mitsubishi Spent Fuel) casks for high-burn up spent fuels, since the basket is required to stand up to higher stress at higher temperature. The high-strength basket material enables the design of a compact cask under a limitation of total size and weight. MHI has developed novel high-strength B-Al alloys which meet these requirements, based on a new manufacturing process. The outline of mechanical and metallurgical characteristics of the high-strength B-Al alloys is described in this paper

  11. Impact of axial burnup profile on criticality safety of ANPP spent fuel cask

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    Criticality safety assessment for WWER-440 NUHOMS cask with spent nuclear fuel from Armenian NPP has been performed. The cask was designed in such way that the neutron multiplication factor keff must be below 0,95 for all operational modes and accident conditions. Usually for criticality analysis, fresh fuel approach with the highest enrichment is taken as conservative assumption as it was done for ANPP. NRSC ANRA in order to improve future fuel storage efficiency initiated research with taking into account burn up credit in the criticality safety assessment. Axial burn up profile (end effect) has essential impact on criticality safety justification analysis. However this phenomenon was not taken into account in the Safety Analysis Report of NUHOMS spent fuel storage constructed on the site of ANPP. Although ANRA does not yet accept burn up credit approach for ANPP spent fuel storage, assessment of impact of axial burnup profile on criticality of spent fuel assemblies has important value for future activities of ANRA. This paper presents results of criticality calculations of spent fuel assemblies with axial burn up profile. Horizontal burn up profile isn't taken account since influence of the horizontal variation of the burn up is much less than the axial variation. The actinides and actinides + fission products approach are discussed. The calculations were carried out with STARBUCS module of SCALE 5.0 code package developed at Oak Ridge National laboratory. SCALE5.0 sequence CSAS26 (KENO-VI) was used for evaluation the keff for 3-D problems. Obtained results showed that criticality of ANPP spent fuel cask is very sensitive to the end effect

  12. Logistics management for storing multiple cask plug and remote handling systems in ITER

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    Highlights: ► We model the logistics management problem in ITER, taking into account casks of multiple typologies. ► We propose a method to determine the best position of the casks inside a given storage area. ► Our method obtains the sequence of operations required to retrieve or store an arbitrary cask, given its storage place. ► We illustrate our method with simulation results in an example scenario. -- Abstract: During operation, maintenance inside the reactor building at ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) has to be performed by remote handling, due to the presence of activated materials. Maintenance operations involve the transportation and storage of large, heavyweight casks from and to the tokamak building. The transportation is carried out by autonomous vehicles that lift and move beneath these casks. The storage of these casks face several challenges, since (1) the cask storage area is limited in space, and (2) all casks have to be accessible for transportation by the vehicles. In particular, casks in the storage area may block other casks, so that the former has to be moved to a temporary position to give way to the latter. This paper addresses the challenge of managing the logistics of cask storage, where casks may have different typologies. In particular, we propose an approach to (1) determine the best position of the casks inside the storage area, and to (2) obtain the sequence of operations required to retrieve and store an arbitrary cask from/to a given storage place. A combinatorial optimization approach is used to obtain solutions to both these problems. Simulation results illustrate the application of the proposed method to a simple scenario

  13. Experience Gained From Skoda VPVR/M Casks Use For RRRFR Program

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    Full text: The aim of the paper is to present the Nuclear Research Institute Rez plc, Czech Republic (NRI) cask owner experience gained from the use of unique high capacity transport and storage SKODA VPVR/M cask technology. Cask is licensed for nearly all types of Russian origin research reactor fuel (package design license, transport permission). NRI is participating in the Russian Research Reactor Fuel Return (RRRFR) program incorporated in the Russian Federation - United States common activity Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI) supported by IAEA. Within the scope of this project, the high enriched uranium (HEU) and low enriched uranium (LEU) spent nuclear fuel (SNF) from NRI was returned back to RF Mayak facility in November 2007 using 16 of these casks (total 549 fuel assemblies and hermetic canisters with SNF, only one combined road and rail secure shipment needed in total). Now NRI is supporting the SNF shipments from further countries research reactors - cask Users (in 2008 from Hungary and Bulgaria already completed, in 2009 from Ukraine and Poland in progress, in the following years from Serbia, Byelorussia in preparation, and next coming). The NRI role and activity in the program is based on performing the transport packaging system inspections and maintenance, assuring the transportation of the empty SKODA VPVR/M casks in special ISO containers and cask handling auxiliary equipment / accessories to the user, providing instruction and recommendations for the research reactor facility modifications, foreign country research reactor staff education and training to handle with the casks, reviewing the user cask handling operational procedures, performing special technical support (cask drying and He-leak testing), supervising the SNF loading into the casks, and loaded casks mounting into special ISO containers. These activities are covered by a long term Cask Custodian Contract between the NRI and US DOE valid until the year 2014 and Service

  14. Studies and research concerning BNFP: advanced cask handling studies

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    Cask turnaround times at loading and unloading sites can be improved by providing better working conditions, improved safety, reduced decontamination time, training, and where practical to do so, improved facility design. This report consists of treatments of several of these topics with the common goal of improving operational efficiency

  15. Monitored Retrievable Storage conceptual system study: cask-in-trench

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    This report provides a description of the Cask-in-Trench Storage Concept which meets a specified set of requirements; an estimate of the costs of construction, operation and decommissioning of the concept; the costs required to expand the facility throughput and storage capability; and the life cycle costs of the facility. 22 figures, 34 tables

  16. Implementation of response function concept for spent fuel cask analyses

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    Due to the uncertain schedule about the first disposal of the large quantity of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) accumulated at the US commercial nuclear power plants, and due to the wide range of burnups and cooling times of the SNF, it is urgent to develop a quick and realistic method for analyzing an interim-storage or shipping package of SNF. The existing method uses design-basis SNF, and it is unnecessarily conservative and therefore uneconomic. This paper demonstrates the use of response-function concept for shielding and criticality analysis for a commercial SNF shipping cask. A PC-based computer code is written for this purpose. The program allows users to perform accurate shielding and criticality analyses for any selected cask payload on real-time basis. The results are less conservative, but more realistic than that of the design-basis analyses. One must be noted, however, that the response function is cask-specific. Therefore, the concept is most beneficial to the major cask type which is to be repeatedly used for a large number of SNF shipments

  17. Separator assembly for use in spent nuclear fuel shipping cask

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    Bucholz, James A.

    1983-01-01

    A separator assembly for use in a spent nuclear fuel shipping cask has a honeycomb-type wall structure defining parallel cavities for holding nuclear fuel assemblies. Tubes formed of an effective neutron-absorbing material are embedded in the wall structure around each of the cavities and provide neutron flux traps when filled with water.

  18. Transportation package thermal and shielding response to a regulatory fire

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    The objective of this work is to evaluate the effect of neutron shield charring due to a regulatory fire on the thermal response and shielding effectiveness of a Multi-Purpose Canister (MPC) and transportation cask. A thermal response model which includes the effect of neutron shield charring is developed. The model is solved using a time dependent finite element code. The maximum fuel temperature-time history and the extent of shield charring are determined. This is used to estimate the primary dose rate from the package in the post-fire condition. It is determined that charring has an insignificant effect on the thermal response of the fuel. Furthermore, while charring increases dose rates, these rates remain below Nuclear Regulatory Commission limits for accident conditions

  19. Dry Storage Casks Monitoring by Means of Ultrasonic Tomography

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    Salchak, Y.; Bulavinov, A.; Pinchuk, R.; Lider, A.; Bolotina, I.; Sednev, D.

    Spent nuclear fuel (SNF) is one of the most hazardous types of nuclear power plant waste. This fact emphasizes the importance of careful handling and storage of SNF. There are two current state-of-the art technologies of SNF storage facility: wet and dry. It is important to mention that IAEA does not determine which kind of handling strategy should be chosen, however it is noted that dry storage of SNF could be used for one hundred years. Mining and Chemical Enterprise (MCE) is one of the leading Russian companies that deals exclusively with the dry storage of SNF. This company has implemented a long-term storage scheme. At the same time MCE faced the challenge of nondestructive monitoring of the degradation process of structural material of cask and its sealing with weld seam. Currently, X-ray testing is used for this purpose but in order to provide an effective nonradioactive method of monitoring MCE has initiated a collaborative R&D project with TPU supported by the Russian Government. Ultrasonic industrial tomography technique was proposed as the solution. The method is based on application of phased and sparse arrays transducer with real-time visualization algorithm. Received acoustic data is processed and realized by means of Sampling Phased Array technology which is a collaborative development of TPU and I-Deal Technology, GmbH. The multichannel ultrasonic set-up of immersion control was assembled for performing testing of seven experimental specimens with representative defects (side drill-holes, notches, natural welding flaws). X-ray tomography of high-resolution was chosen as the reference method. All indications were successfully reconstructed in B and C-scans and 3D image. The next step is to automate the monitoring procedure completely and to introduce an evaluation tool for current flaw state and prediction of its further behavior.

  20. Thermal Hazard Evaluation of Lauroyl Peroxide Mixed with Nitric Acid

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    Chi-Min Shu

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Many thermal runaway incidents have been caused by organic peroxides due to the peroxy group, –O–O–, which is essentially unstable and active. Lauroyl peroxide (LPO is also sensitive to thermal sources and is incompatible with many materials, such as acids, bases, metals, and ions. From the thermal decomposition reaction of various concentrations of nitric acid (HNO3 (from lower to higher concentrations with LPO, experimental data were obtained as to its exothermic onset temperature (T0, heat of decomposition (ΔHd, isothermal time to maximum rate (TMRiso, and other safety parameters exclusively for loss prevention of runaway reactions and thermal explosions. As a novel finding, LPO mixed with HNO3 can produce the detonation product of 1-nitrododecane. We used differential scanning calorimetry (DSC, thermal activity monitor III (TAM III, and gas chromatography/mass spectrometer (GC/MS analyses of the reactivity for LPO and itself mixed with HNO3 to corroborate the decomposition reactions and reaction mechanisms in these investigations.

  1. Thermal hazard evaluation of lauroyl peroxide mixed with nitric acid.

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    Tsai, Lung-Chang; You, Mei-Li; Ding, Mei-Fang; Shu, Chi-Min

    2012-01-01

    Many thermal runaway incidents have been caused by organic peroxides due to the peroxy group, -O-O-, which is essentially unstable and active. Lauroyl peroxide (LPO) is also sensitive to thermal sources and is incompatible with many materials, such as acids, bases, metals, and ions. From the thermal decomposition reaction of various concentrations of nitric acid (HNO3) (from lower to higher concentrations) with LPO, experimental data were obtained as to its exothermic onset temperature (T0), heat of decomposition (ΔHd), isothermal time to maximum rate (TMRiso), and other safety parameters exclusively for loss prevention of runaway reactions and thermal explosions. As a novel finding, LPO mixed with HNO3 can produce the detonation product of 1-nitrododecane. We used differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermal activity monitor III (TAM III), and gas chromatography/mass spectrometer (GC/MS) analyses of the reactivity for LPO and itself mixed with HNO3 to corroborate the decomposition reactions and reaction mechanisms in these investigations. PMID:22763742

  2. Evaluation of thermal conditions inside a vehicle cabin

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available There are several important factors influencing road accidents. Temperature inside the vehicle is ranked third after alcohol and seat belts. For this reason, maintaining thermal comfort in the passenger compartment is essential. Thermal comfort is provided by the air conditioning system, which consumes much energy. In the case of electrically powered vehicles, this results in a shorter range. Optimization of such systems is therefore required. This paper proposes a set of equations describing the thermal conditions inside the vehicle, which are the result of appropriate energy balances for air, interior elements, and glass. Variable transmission conditions are included for transparent materials exposed to short and long wave radiation. The study focused on unsteady air-conditioning of the vehicle interior. The measurement data was compared with the results obtained through numerical solutions of the proposed set of equations.

  3. Evaluation of thermal conditions inside a vehicle cabin

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    Orzechowski, Tadeusz; Skrobacki, Zbigniew

    2016-03-01

    There are several important factors influencing road accidents. Temperature inside the vehicle is ranked third after alcohol and seat belts. For this reason, maintaining thermal comfort in the passenger compartment is essential. Thermal comfort is provided by the air conditioning system, which consumes much energy. In the case of electrically powered vehicles, this results in a shorter range. Optimization of such systems is therefore required. This paper proposes a set of equations describing the thermal conditions inside the vehicle, which are the result of appropriate energy balances for air, interior elements, and glass. Variable transmission conditions are included for transparent materials exposed to short and long wave radiation. The study focused on unsteady air-conditioning of the vehicle interior. The measurement data was compared with the results obtained through numerical solutions of the proposed set of equations.

  4. Evaluation of the Thermodynamic Models for the Thermal Diffusion Factor

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    Gonzalez-Bagnoli, Mariana G.; Shapiro, Alexander; Stenby, Erling Halfdan

    2003-01-01

    Over the years, several thermodynamic models for the thermal diffusion factors for binary mixtures have been proposed. The goal of this paper is to test some of these models in combination with different equations of state. We tested the following models: those proposed by Rutherford and Drickamer...... in 1954, by Dougherty and Drickamer in 1955, by Haase in 1969, by Kempers in 1989 and 2002, and by Shucla and Firoozabadi in 1998. The calculated values of thermal diffusion factors were compared with a few sets of experimental data for hydrocarbon mixtures. For calculation of the partial molar...... properties we applied different thermodynamic models, such as the Soave-Redlich-Kwong and the Peng-Robinson equations of state. The necessity to try different thermo-dynamic models is caused by the high sensitivity of the thermal diffusion factors to the values of the partial molar properties. Two different...

  5. Evaluating the thermal reduction effect of plant layers on rooftops

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    Fang, Chih-Fang [Department of Landscape Design and Management, National Chin-Yi University of Technology, No. 35, Lane 215, Sec. 1, Jhongshan Road, Taiping City, Taichung County 411 (China)

    2008-07-01

    This study examines the thermal reduction effect of plant layers on rooftops through experiments performed in a controlled environment. The relevant parameters are coverage ratio (CR) and total leaf thickness (TLT). Both parameters are positively correlated with thermal reduction ratio (TRR). The TRR data of all experiments were plotted on a grid system with CR on the x-axis and TLT on the y-axis. A TRR map was then drawn using the curve fitting process. The applicability of the TRR map drawn for Codiaeum variegatum (1) was further confirmed by performing experiments with Cordyline terminalis (1) and Ixora duffii (1) and by results of experiments on C. variegatum (2), C. terminalis (2), Duranta repens, and I. duffii (2) in outdoor environments. The TRR map provides quantitative and straightforward guidance on thermal reduction planting arrangements for green roofs. (author)

  6. Design of casks: incorporating operational feedback from maintenance

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    Bimet, F.; Hartenstein, M. [COGEMA Logistics, Saint Quentin (France)

    2004-07-01

    Casks are designed to conform to regulations and to client specifications. Essential areas such as easy operation, low costs of maintenance, low operation and maintenance doses, limited waste, are not explicitly covered. Notwithstanding, COGEMA LOGISTICS uses all feedback available, so that casks are designed to be easy, safe and economical to operate and maintain. Maintenance is an activity where you do spot items that old-time designers could have made better, and things that users should not have done. Thanks to quality assurance, there are a number of data available, waiting to be collected and exploited; they have to be identified, located, retrieved, and analysed. Using information such as wear, damage, use of spare parts, access problems helps to make casks ever better. It leads to more efficient concepts, and to upgrades on existing designs; it also allows to integrate environmental considerations, inter alia in the choice of materials and in maintenance methods. It is necessary for the designer to interact with the users, the cask owners, the maintenance providers, in order to gather all relevant information and events. This is made easier when all these actors are ''under one roof'', or have very close ties. This paper presents COGEMA LOGISTICS methods for collecting and analysing all these experiences waiting to be used. It explains our process for analysing data, preparing yearly reports that are made available to our designers. It describes how each new design is subject to a maintainability study, using this feedback, so that the cask safety is always assured, that radiological doses are kept to a minimum, and that operating and maintenance costs will remain as low as possible.

  7. Design of casks: incorporating operational feedback from maintenance

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    Casks are designed to conform to regulations and to client specifications. Essential areas such as easy operation, low costs of maintenance, low operation and maintenance doses, limited waste, are not explicitly covered. Notwithstanding, COGEMA LOGISTICS uses all feedback available, so that casks are designed to be easy, safe and economical to operate and maintain. Maintenance is an activity where you do spot items that old-time designers could have made better, and things that users should not have done. Thanks to quality assurance, there are a number of data available, waiting to be collected and exploited; they have to be identified, located, retrieved, and analysed. Using information such as wear, damage, use of spare parts, access problems helps to make casks ever better. It leads to more efficient concepts, and to upgrades on existing designs; it also allows to integrate environmental considerations, inter alia in the choice of materials and in maintenance methods. It is necessary for the designer to interact with the users, the cask owners, the maintenance providers, in order to gather all relevant information and events. This is made easier when all these actors are ''under one roof'', or have very close ties. This paper presents COGEMA LOGISTICS methods for collecting and analysing all these experiences waiting to be used. It explains our process for analysing data, preparing yearly reports that are made available to our designers. It describes how each new design is subject to a maintainability study, using this feedback, so that the cask safety is always assured, that radiological doses are kept to a minimum, and that operating and maintenance costs will remain as low as possible

  8. Software requirements definition Shipping Cask Analysis System (SCANS)

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    The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff reviews the technical adequacy of applications for certification of designs of shipping casks for spent nuclear fuel. In order to confirm an acceptable design, the NRC staff may perform independent calculations. The current NRC procedure for confirming cask design analyses is laborious and tedious. Most of the work is currently done by hand or through the use of a remote computer network. The time required to certify a cask can be long. The review process may vary somewhat with the engineer doing the reviewing. Similarly, the documentation on the results of the review can also vary with the reviewer. To increase the efficiency of this certification process, LLNL was requested to design and write an integrated set of user-oriented, interactive computer programs for a personal microcomputer. The system is known as the NRC Shipping Cask Analysis System (SCANS). The computer codes and the software system supporting these codes are being developed and maintained for the NRC by LLNL. The objective of this system is generally to lessen the time and effort needed to review an application. Additionally, an objective of the system is to assure standardized methods and documentation of the confirmatory analyses used in the review of these cask designs. A software system should be designed based on NRC-defined requirements contained in a requirements document. The requirements document is a statement of a project's wants and needs as the users and implementers jointly understand them. The requirements document states the desired end products (i.e. WHAT's) of the project, not HOW the project provides them. This document describes the wants and needs for the SCANS system. 1 fig., 3 tabs

  9. Standard Practice for Evaluating Thermal Insulation Materials for Use in Solar Collectors

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    American Society for Testing and Materials. Philadelphia

    1994-01-01

    1.1 This practice sets forth a testing methodology for evaluating the properties of thermal insulation materials to be used in solar collectors with concentration ratios of less than 10. Tests are given herein to evaluate the pH, surface burning characteristics, moisture adsorption, water absorption, thermal resistance, linear shrinkage (or expansion), hot surface performance, and accelerated aging. This practice provides a test for surface burning characteristics but does not provide a methodology for determining combustibility performance of thermal insulation materials. 1.2 The tests shall apply to blanket, rigid board, loose-fill, and foam thermal insulation materials used in solar collectors. Other thermal insulation materials shall be tested in accordance with the provisions set forth herein and should not be excluded from consideration. 1.3 The assumption is made that elevated temperature, moisture, and applied stresses are the primary factors contributing to the degradation of thermal insulation mat...

  10. Evaluation of thermal storage materials for solar cooker

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    Abate, Solomon

    2014-01-01

    The performance of a solar thermal energy storage system using Lapland granite rock fragments 2-4 cm in diameter were assessed using a scaled-down model. The thesis deals with a selected medium that absorbs and stores solar heat during the day time and releases it when the sun was not shining. A storage rock bed of 5.89 kg with 30 cm x 30 cm base area and 6 cm thickness was placed at the bottom of a solar cooker and painted with black color to increase thermal absorption. The overall performa...

  11. Thermal fatigue damage evaluation of a PWR NPP steam generator injection nozzle model subjected to thermal stratification phenomenon

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    Thermal stratification phenomenon with the same thermodynamic steam generator (SG) injection nozzle parameters was simulated. After 41 experiments, the experimental section was dismantled; cut and specimens were made of its material. Other specimens were made of the preserved pipe material. By comparing their fatigue tests results, the pipe material damage was evaluated. The water temperature layers and also the outside pipe wall temperatures were measured at the same level. Strains outside the pipe in 7 positions were measured. The experimental section develops thermal stratified flows, stresses and strains caused enlargement of material grain size and reduction in fatigue life.

  12. Thermal fatigue damage evaluation of a PWR NPP steam generator injection nozzle model subjected to thermal stratification phenomenon

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    Leite da Silva, Luiz, E-mail: silvall@cdtn.b [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear da Comissao Nacional de Energia Nuclear, CDTN/CNEN, Av. Presidente Antonio Carlos, 6627, Campus UFMG, Pampulha Belo Horizonte, MG CEP 31.270-901 (Brazil); Rodrigues Mansur, Tanius, E-mail: tanius@cdtn.b [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear da Comissao Nacional de Energia Nuclear, CDTN/CNEN, Av. Presidente Antonio Carlos, 6627, Campus UFMG, Pampulha Belo Horizonte, MG CEP 31.270-901 (Brazil); Cimini Junior, Carlos Alberto, E-mail: cimini@demec.ufmg.b [Departamento de Engenharia Mecanica da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, DEMEC/UFMG, Av. Presidente Antonio Carlos, 6627, Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, MG CEP 31.270-901 (Brazil)

    2011-03-15

    Thermal stratification phenomenon with the same thermodynamic steam generator (SG) injection nozzle parameters was simulated. After 41 experiments, the experimental section was dismantled; cut and specimens were made of its material. Other specimens were made of the preserved pipe material. By comparing their fatigue tests results, the pipe material damage was evaluated. The water temperature layers and also the outside pipe wall temperatures were measured at the same level. Strains outside the pipe in 7 positions were measured. The experimental section develops thermal stratified flows, stresses and strains caused enlargement of material grain size and reduction in fatigue life.

  13. Evaluation of hot spot factors for thermal and hydraulic design of HTTR

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    High Temperature Engineering Test Reactor (HTTR) is a graphite-moderated and helium gas-cooled reactor with 30 MW in thermal power and 950degC in reactor outlet coolant temperature. One of the major items in thermal and hydraulic design of the HTTR is to evaluate the maximum fuel temperature with a sufficient margin from a viewpoint of integrity of coated fuel particles. Hot spot factors are considered in the thermal and hydraulic design to evaluate the fuel temperature not only under the normal operation condition but also under any transient condition conservatively. This report summarizes the items of hot spot factors selected in the thermal and hydraulic design and their estimated values, and also presents evaluation results of the thermal and hydraulic characteristics of the HTTR briefly. (author)

  14. Opportunities to increase the productivity of spent fuel shipping casks in the United States

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    Trends indicate that future transportation requirements for spent fuel will be different from those anticipated when the current generation of casks and vehicles was designed. Increased storage capacity at most reactors will increase the average post irradiation age of the spent fuel to be transported. A scenario is presented which shows the 18 casks currently available should be sufficient until approximately 1983. Beyond this time, it appears that an adequate transportation system can be maintained by acquiring, as needed, casks of current designs and new casks currently under development. Spent fuel transportation requirements in the post-1990 period can be met by a new generation of casks specifically designed to transport long-cooled fuel. In terms of the number of casks needed, productivity may be increased by 19% if rail cask turnaround time is reduced to 4 days from the current range of 6.5 to 8.5 days. Productivity defined as payloads per cask year could be increased 62% if the turnaround time for legal weight truck casks were reduced from 12 hours to 4 hours. On a similar basis, overweight truck casks show a 28% increase in productivity

  15. Scoping study of casks shipped from the MRS facility to various repository sites

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    The objective of this study was to determine the maximum number of specialized repository waste packages that could be shipped from the Monitored Retrievable Storage (MRS) facility in Pb-, Fe-, and U-shielded casks weighing 200,000 or 300,000 lbs. The study included 18 different waste packages designed for the Salt, Tuff, and Basalt repositories. Nine of these contained consolidated PWR fuel pins, and nine contained consolidated BWR fuel pins. Discrete ordinates calculations were performed to determine the neutron and gamma shield thicknesses that would ensure a dose rate of 10 millirem/hr, 10 ft from the centerline of the cask(s). Over 100 casks of particular interest have been identified, while preliminary design information is also given for 522 casks of potential interest. Relative to the 200,000-lb casks, 50 to 100% more fuel may be shipped in the larger 300,000-lb casks. Placing the spent fuel canisters in overpacks prior to shipment from the MRS will reduce the net payload by 30 to 50%. The highest-capacity cask/waste package combination studied corresponds to a 300,000-lb U-shielded cask containing 84 consolidated PWR fuel assemblies in 21 canisters, or 171 consolidated BWR fuel assemblies in 19 canisters. Criticality analyses have shown these high-capacity casks to be safely subcritical - even if all the canisters were loaded with unirradiated LWR fuel containing 3.4 wt % U-235

  16. Anticipation of the needs linked with new generation reactors: COGEMA Logistics casks developments

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    to be used. To accompany the 'nuclear renaissance' and the related fuel design and fuel management evolution, it is crucial to anticipate the associated needs in terms of cask development notably for the spent fuel management. It is the reason why an ambitious R and D program has been set up at COGEMA Logistics. It aims at proposing innovative solutions oriented by the trends guiding this 'renaissance': the proposed systems have indeed to accommodate Spent Fuel Assemblies (SFAs) characterized by ever increasing burn-ups, fissile isotopes contents, and total inventory. Flexibility may potentially mean quick evacuation of UO2 or MOX spent fuel with high thermal power to be dealt with. As described in the present paper, these evolutions directly guide the R and D actions on thermal and structural analysis, criticality and containment. The approach shall also include predictable licensing processes in an ever-demanding regulatory environment. The paper has the following structure: I. Evolutionary casks for evolving needs; II COGEMA Logistics R and D on evolutionary packagings; 1- The objectives of COGEMA Logistics R and D on evolutionary packagings; 2- Which R and D actions are currently implemented to anticipate evolving needs?; 2-1 Building an R and D program; 2-2 High performance design solutions for subcriticality; 2-3 Solutions for thermal and structural management; 2-4 Solution for enhanced shielding design; 2-5 Solutions for double containment systems; 2-6 Solutions for shock absorbers; 3- Examples of packaging developments; III Conclusion. To summarize, COGEMA Logistics is actively involved in Research and Development to accompany the improvement brought by Areva in fuel design and management linked either to extensive programs of nuclear plant life extension or to new constructions, such as Areva's European Pressurized Reactor. These evolutions coupled with needs for ever higher flexibility in terms of spent fuel management clearly guide the packaging evolutions

  17. Dry cask spent fuel storage at JAPC Tokai No.2 Power Station

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    The Dry cask spent fuel storage project at Tokai No.2 power station started with a geological examination of the facility site, and a design of the cask and storage facility in the mid-1990s. Considering economical efficiency and suitability for site conditions, a cask with large capacity is designed. The cask can accommodate 61 BWR fuel assemblies and is used for on-site storage only. 24 casks can be stored in the storage facility, which consists of a concrete facility building, an overhead crane and some monitoring systems. The foundation of the facility building is supported on bedrock with steel piles. Air inlets and outlets for passive natural circulation cooling are installed on the walls. The construction of the facility building and the fabrication of 7 casks began in 1999, and were completed in 2001. 8 casks for the second stage were fabricated in 2004. 2 casks for the third stage are fabricating. And 4 casks for the forth stage are in process of design. The first loaded 4 casks have been stored safely in the facility for three years since December 2001, and followed another 9 dry casks as of the end of 2007. In addition to the above spent fuel storage management at reactor site, a spent fuel storage away from reactor (AFR) is projected to start operation by 2010. We think our experiences on Tokai No.2 power station will be able to apply to the AFR storage project, such as the design of the cask and the facility. Outline of the Tokai No.2 project, experiences on the fuel loading and cask storage conditions including the monitoring data will be reported on this paper. (author)

  18. Thermal assault and polyurethane foam-evaluating protective mechanisms

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    Williamson, C.L.; Iams, Z.L. [General Plastics Mfg. Co., Tacoma, WA (United States)

    2004-07-01

    Rigid polyurethane foam utilizes a variety of mechanisms to mitigate the thermal assault of a ''regulatory burn''. Polymer specific heat and foam k-factor are of limited usefulness in predicting payload protection. Properly formulated rigid polyurethane foam provides additional safeguards by employing ablative mechanisms which are effective even when the foam has been crushed or fractured as a result of trauma. The dissociative transitions from polymer to gas and char, and the gas transport of heat from inside the package out into the environment are also thermal mitigators. Additionally, the in-situ production of an intumescent, insulative, carbonaceous char, confers thermal protection even when a package's outer steel skin has been breached. In this test program, 19 liter, ''Five gallon'' steel pails are exposed on one end to the flame of an ''Oil Burner'' as described in the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ''Aircraft Materials Fire Test Handbook''. When burning 2 diesel at a nominal rate of 8.39 kg (18.5 pounds)/hr, the burner generates a high emissivity flame that impinges on the pail face with the thermal intensity of a full scale pool-fire environment. Results of these tests, TGA and MDSC analysis on the subject foams are reported, and their relevance to full size packages and pool fires are discussed.

  19. Thermal assault and polyurethane foam-evaluating protective mechanisms

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    Rigid polyurethane foam utilizes a variety of mechanisms to mitigate the thermal assault of a ''regulatory burn''. Polymer specific heat and foam k-factor are of limited usefulness in predicting payload protection. Properly formulated rigid polyurethane foam provides additional safeguards by employing ablative mechanisms which are effective even when the foam has been crushed or fractured as a result of trauma. The dissociative transitions from polymer to gas and char, and the gas transport of heat from inside the package out into the environment are also thermal mitigators. Additionally, the in-situ production of an intumescent, insulative, carbonaceous char, confers thermal protection even when a package's outer steel skin has been breached. In this test program, 19 liter, ''Five gallon'' steel pails are exposed on one end to the flame of an ''Oil Burner'' as described in the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ''Aircraft Materials Fire Test Handbook''. When burning 2 diesel at a nominal rate of 8.39 kg (18.5 pounds)/hr, the burner generates a high emissivity flame that impinges on the pail face with the thermal intensity of a full scale pool-fire environment. Results of these tests, TGA and MDSC analysis on the subject foams are reported, and their relevance to full size packages and pool fires are discussed

  20. Fabrication, characterization, and thermal property evaluation of silver nanofluids

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    Noroozi, Monir; Radiman, Shahidan; Zakaria, Azmi; Soltaninejad, Sepideh

    2014-11-01

    Silver nanoparticles were successfully prepared in two different solvents using a microwave heating technique, with various irradiation times. The silver nanoparticles were dispersed in polar liquids (distilled water and ethylene glycol) without any other reducing agent, in the presence of the stabilizer polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). The optical properties, thermal properties, and morphology of the synthesized silver particles were characterized using ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, photopyroelectric technique, and transmission electron microscopy. It was found that for the both solvents, the effect of microwave irradiation was mainly on the particles distribution, rather than the size, which enabled to make stable and homogeneous silver nanofluids. The individual spherical nanostructure of self-assembled nanoparticles has been formed during microwave irradiation. Ethylene glycol solution, due to its special properties, such as high dielectric loss, high molecular weight, and high boiling point, can serve as a good solvent for microwave heating and is found to be a more suitable medium than the distilled water. A photopyroelectric technique was carried out to measure thermal diffusivity of the samples. The precision and accuracy of this technique was established by comparing the measured thermal diffusivity of the distilled water and ethylene glycol with values reported in the literature. The thermal diffusivity ratio of the silver nanofluids increased up to 1.15 and 1.25 for distilled water and ethylene glycol, respectively.