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Title: The corrosion of aluminum-clad spent nuclear fuel in wet basin storage

Abstract

Large quantities of Defense related spent nuclear fuels are being stored in water basins around the United States. Under the non-proliferation policy, there has been no processing since the late 1980`s and these fuels are caught in the pipeline awaiting stabilization or other disposition. At the Savannah River Site, over 200 metric tons of aluminum clad fuel are being stored in four water filled basins. Some of this fuel has experienced visible pitting corrosion. An intensive effort is underway at SRS to understand the corrosion problems and to improve the basin storage conditions for extended storage requirements. Significant improvements have been accomplished during 1993-1996. This paper presents a discussion of the fundamentals of aluminum alloy corrosion as it pertains to the wet storage of spent nuclear fuel. It examines the effects of variables on corrosion in the storage environment and presents the results of corrosion surveillance testing activities at SRS, as well as discussions of fuel storage basins at other production sites of the Department of Energy.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Westinghouse Savannah River Co., Aiken, SC (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
254963
Report Number(s):
WSRC-MS-96-0141; CONF-9606116-58
ON: DE96060043; TRN: 96:016019
DOE Contract Number:
AC09-89SR18035
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 20 Feb 1996
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
05 NUCLEAR FUELS; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; SAVANNAH RIVER PLANT; SPENT FUEL STORAGE; SPENT FUELS; FUEL CANS; PITTING CORROSION; ALUMINIUM ALLOYS; FUEL STORAGE POOLS; WATER; EXPERIMENTAL DATA

Citation Formats

Howell, J.P., and Burke, S.D.. The corrosion of aluminum-clad spent nuclear fuel in wet basin storage. United States: N. p., 1996. Web. doi:10.2172/254963.
Howell, J.P., & Burke, S.D.. The corrosion of aluminum-clad spent nuclear fuel in wet basin storage. United States. doi:10.2172/254963.
Howell, J.P., and Burke, S.D.. Tue . "The corrosion of aluminum-clad spent nuclear fuel in wet basin storage". United States. doi:10.2172/254963. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/254963.
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title = {The corrosion of aluminum-clad spent nuclear fuel in wet basin storage},
author = {Howell, J.P. and Burke, S.D.},
abstractNote = {Large quantities of Defense related spent nuclear fuels are being stored in water basins around the United States. Under the non-proliferation policy, there has been no processing since the late 1980`s and these fuels are caught in the pipeline awaiting stabilization or other disposition. At the Savannah River Site, over 200 metric tons of aluminum clad fuel are being stored in four water filled basins. Some of this fuel has experienced visible pitting corrosion. An intensive effort is underway at SRS to understand the corrosion problems and to improve the basin storage conditions for extended storage requirements. Significant improvements have been accomplished during 1993-1996. This paper presents a discussion of the fundamentals of aluminum alloy corrosion as it pertains to the wet storage of spent nuclear fuel. It examines the effects of variables on corrosion in the storage environment and presents the results of corrosion surveillance testing activities at SRS, as well as discussions of fuel storage basins at other production sites of the Department of Energy.},
doi = {10.2172/254963},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {Tue Feb 20 00:00:00 EST 1996},
month = {Tue Feb 20 00:00:00 EST 1996}
}

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