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Title: Accident resistant transport container

Abstract

The invention relates to a container for the safe air transport of plutonium having several intermediate wood layers and a load spreader intermediate an inner container and an outer shell for mitigation of shock during a hypothetical accident.

Inventors:
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OSTI Identifier:
5268915
Assignee:
TIC; ERA-05-029450; EDB-80-085112
DOE Contract Number:
E(29-1)-789
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING; 11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; CASKS; DESIGN; PLUTONIUM OXIDES; AIR TRANSPORT; ACCIDENTS; MATERIALS HANDLING; PACKAGING; ACTINIDE COMPOUNDS; CHALCOGENIDES; CONTAINERS; OXIDES; OXYGEN COMPOUNDS; PLUTONIUM COMPOUNDS; TRANSPORT; TRANSURANIUM COMPOUNDS; 420204* - Engineering- Shipping Containers; 050900 - Nuclear Fuels- Transport, Handling, & Storage

Citation Formats

Anderson, J.A., and Cole, K.K. Accident resistant transport container. United States: N. p., Web.
Anderson, J.A., & Cole, K.K. Accident resistant transport container. United States.
Anderson, J.A., and Cole, K.K. . "Accident resistant transport container". United States. doi:.
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  • The invention relates to a container for the safe air transport of plutonium having several intermediate wood layers and a load spreader intermediate an inner container and an outer shell for mitigation of shock during a hypothetical accident.
  • The invention relates to a container for the safe air transport of plutonium having several intermediate wood layers and a load spreader intermediate an inner container and an outer shell for mitigation of shock during a hypothetical accident.
  • The invention relates to a container for the safe air transport of plutonium having several intermediate wood layers and a load spreader intermediate an inner container and an outer shell for mitigation of shock during a hypothetical accident. 7 figs.
  • The PARC (plutonium accident resistant container) project resulted in the design, development, and certification testing of a crashworthy air-transportable plutonium package (shipping container) for certification by the USNRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission). This PAT-1 (plutonium air transportable) package survives a very severe sequential test program of impact, crush, puncture, slash, burn, and water immersion. There is also an individual hydrostatic pressure test. The package has a payload mass capacity of 2 kg of PuO/sub 2/ and a thermal capacity of 25 watts. The design rationale for very high energy absorption (impact, crush, puncture, and slash protection) with residual high-level fire protection,more » resulted in a reasonably small air-transportable package, advancing the packaging state-of-art. Optimization design iterations were utilized in the areas of impact energy absorption and stress and thermal analysis. Package test results are presented in relation to radioactive materials containment acceptance criteria, shielding and criticality standards.« less
  • Development testing of model and full-scale hardware to the abnormal environments created during a cargo aircraft crash has demonstrated that the accident-resistant container (ARC) can protect an enclosed warhead from these abnormal environments. This protection reduces the probability of initiation of the warhead HE. Transfer of the plutonium limit to the ARC may permit transporting increased numbers of warheads on a single transport vehicle. Testing of one warhead configuration has been completed. Production can be initiated for transporting that system in the ARC. Other systems need test evaluation and certification before being transported in the ARC. (auth)