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Title: Radioactive Release from Aluminum-Based Spent Nuclear Fuel in Basin Storage


The report provides an evaluation of: (1) the release rate of radionuclides through minor cladding penetrations (breaches) on aluminum-based spent nuclear fuel (AL SNF), and (2) the consequences of direct storage of breached AL SNF relative to the authorization basis for SRS basin operation.

Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Savannah River Site (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
US Department of Energy (US)
OSTI Identifier:
Report Number(s):
TRN: US0111055
DOE Contract Number:
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 21 Oct 1999
Country of Publication:
United States

Citation Formats

Sindelar, R.L. Radioactive Release from Aluminum-Based Spent Nuclear Fuel in Basin Storage. United States: N. p., 1999. Web. doi:10.2172/14491.
Sindelar, R.L. Radioactive Release from Aluminum-Based Spent Nuclear Fuel in Basin Storage. United States. doi:10.2172/14491.
Sindelar, R.L. Thu . "Radioactive Release from Aluminum-Based Spent Nuclear Fuel in Basin Storage". United States. doi:10.2172/14491.
title = {Radioactive Release from Aluminum-Based Spent Nuclear Fuel in Basin Storage},
author = {Sindelar, R.L.},
abstractNote = {The report provides an evaluation of: (1) the release rate of radionuclides through minor cladding penetrations (breaches) on aluminum-based spent nuclear fuel (AL SNF), and (2) the consequences of direct storage of breached AL SNF relative to the authorization basis for SRS basin operation.},
doi = {10.2172/14491},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {Thu Oct 21 00:00:00 EDT 1999},
month = {Thu Oct 21 00:00:00 EDT 1999}

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