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Title: Final Technical Report: Imaging a Dry Storage Cask with Cosmic Ray Muons

Abstract

The goal of this project is to build a scaled prototype system for monitoring used nuclear fuel (UNF) dry storage casks (DSCs) through cosmic ray muon imaging. Such a system will have the capability of verifying the content inside a DSC without opening it. Because of the growth of the nuclear power industry in the U.S. and the policy decision to ban reprocessing of commercial UNF, the used fuel inventory at commercial reactor sites has been increasing. Currently, UNF needs to be moved to independent spent fuel storage installations (ISFSIs), as its inventory approaches the limit on capacity of on-site wet storage. Thereafter, the fuel will be placed in shipping containers to be transferred to a final disposal site. The ISFSIs were initially licensed as temporary facilities for ~20-yr periods. Given the cancellation of the Yucca mountain project and no clear path forward, extended dry-cask storage (~100 yr.) at ISFSIs is very likely. From the point of view of nuclear material protection, accountability and control technologies (MPACT) campaign, it is important to ensure that special nuclear material (SNM) in UNF is not stolen or diverted from civilian facilities for other use during the extended storage.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [1];  [2]
  1. Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, OR (United States)
  2. Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)
  3. Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, OR (United States); Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)
OSTI Identifier:
1430598
Report Number(s):
DOE-ORST-NE0008292
DOE Contract Number:  
NE0008292
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; 47 OTHER INSTRUMENTATION

Citation Formats

Yang, Haori, Hayward, Jason, Chichester, David, Liao, Can, and Liu, Zhengzhi. Final Technical Report: Imaging a Dry Storage Cask with Cosmic Ray Muons. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.2172/1430598.
Yang, Haori, Hayward, Jason, Chichester, David, Liao, Can, & Liu, Zhengzhi. Final Technical Report: Imaging a Dry Storage Cask with Cosmic Ray Muons. United States. doi:10.2172/1430598.
Yang, Haori, Hayward, Jason, Chichester, David, Liao, Can, and Liu, Zhengzhi. Sat . "Final Technical Report: Imaging a Dry Storage Cask with Cosmic Ray Muons". United States. doi:10.2172/1430598. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1430598.
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title = {Final Technical Report: Imaging a Dry Storage Cask with Cosmic Ray Muons},
author = {Yang, Haori and Hayward, Jason and Chichester, David and Liao, Can and Liu, Zhengzhi},
abstractNote = {The goal of this project is to build a scaled prototype system for monitoring used nuclear fuel (UNF) dry storage casks (DSCs) through cosmic ray muon imaging. Such a system will have the capability of verifying the content inside a DSC without opening it. Because of the growth of the nuclear power industry in the U.S. and the policy decision to ban reprocessing of commercial UNF, the used fuel inventory at commercial reactor sites has been increasing. Currently, UNF needs to be moved to independent spent fuel storage installations (ISFSIs), as its inventory approaches the limit on capacity of on-site wet storage. Thereafter, the fuel will be placed in shipping containers to be transferred to a final disposal site. The ISFSIs were initially licensed as temporary facilities for ~20-yr periods. Given the cancellation of the Yucca mountain project and no clear path forward, extended dry-cask storage (~100 yr.) at ISFSIs is very likely. From the point of view of nuclear material protection, accountability and control technologies (MPACT) campaign, it is important to ensure that special nuclear material (SNM) in UNF is not stolen or diverted from civilian facilities for other use during the extended storage.},
doi = {10.2172/1430598},
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place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {3}
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