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Title: Used Nuclear Fuel Normal Conditions of Transport: Discussions between DOE and the NWTRB.


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Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE), Fuel Cycle Technologies (NE-5)
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Conference: Proposed for presentation at the NWTRB and DOE Cladding Discussion Meeting held July 12-13, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV.
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United States

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Saltzstein, Sylvia J., and McConnell, Paul E.. Used Nuclear Fuel Normal Conditions of Transport: Discussions between DOE and the NWTRB.. United States: N. p., 2016. Web.
Saltzstein, Sylvia J., & McConnell, Paul E.. Used Nuclear Fuel Normal Conditions of Transport: Discussions between DOE and the NWTRB.. United States.
Saltzstein, Sylvia J., and McConnell, Paul E.. 2016. "Used Nuclear Fuel Normal Conditions of Transport: Discussions between DOE and the NWTRB.". United States. doi:.
title = {Used Nuclear Fuel Normal Conditions of Transport: Discussions between DOE and the NWTRB.},
author = {Saltzstein, Sylvia J. and McConnell, Paul E.},
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year = 2016,
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  • This document addresses Oak Ridge National Laboratory milestone M2FT-13OR0822015 Demonstration of Approach and Results on Used Nuclear Fuel Performance Characterization. This report provides results of the initial demonstration of the modeling capability developed to perform preliminary deterministic evaluations of moderate-to-high burnup used nuclear fuel (UNF) mechanical performance under normal conditions of storage (NCS) and normal conditions of transport (NCT) conditions. This report also provides results from the sensitivity studies that have been performed. Finally, discussion on the long-term goals and objectives of this initiative are provided.
  • Under current U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulation, it is not sufficient for used nuclear fuel (UNF) to simply maintain its integrity during the storage period, it must maintain its integrity in such a way that it can withstand the physical forces of handling and transportation associated with restaging the fuel and moving it to treatment or recycling facilities, or a geologic repository. Hence it is necessary to understand the performance characteristics of aged UNF cladding and ancillary components under loadings stemming from transport initiatives. Researchers would like to demonstrate that enough information, including experimental support and modeling and simulation capabilities,more » exists to establish a preliminary determination of UNF structural performance under normal conditions of transport (NCT). This research, development and demonstration (RD&D) plan describes a methodology, including development and use of analytical models, to evaluate loading and associated mechanical responses of UNF rods and key structural components. This methodology will be used to provide a preliminary assessment of the performance characteristics of UNF cladding and ancillary components under rail-related NCT loading. The methodology couples modeling and simulation and experimental efforts currently under way within the Used Fuel Disposition Campaign (UFDC). The methodology will involve limited uncertainty quantification in the form of sensitivity evaluations focused around available fuel and ancillary fuel structure properties exclusively. The work includes collecting information via literature review, soliciting input/guidance from subject matter experts, performing computational analyses, planning experimental measurement and possible execution (depending on timing), and preparing a variety of supporting documents that will feed into and provide the basis for future initiatives. The methodology demonstration will focus on structural performance evaluation of Westinghouse WE 17×17 pressurized water reactor fuel assemblies with a discharge burnup range of 30-58 GWd/MTU (assembly average), loaded in a representative high-capacity (≥32 fuel rod assemblies) transportation package. Evaluations will be performed for representative normal conditions of rail transport involving a rail conveyance capable of meeting the Association of American Railroads (AAR) S-2043 specification. UNF modeling is anticipated to be defined to the pellet-cladding level and take in to account influences associated with spacer grids, intermediate fluid mixers, and control components. The influence of common degradation issues such as ductile-to-brittle-transition will also be accounted for. All model development and analysis will be performed with commercially available software packages exclusively. Inputs and analyses will be completely documented, all supporting information will be traceable, and bases will be defendable so as to be most useful to the U.S. Department of Energy community and mission. The expected completion date is the end of fiscal year (FY) 2013.« less
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