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Title: Investigation of breached depleted UF sub 6 cylinders

Abstract

In June 1990, during a three-site inspection of cylinders being used for long-term storage of solid depleted UF{sub 6}, two 14-ton steel cylinders at Portsmouth, Ohio, were discovered with holes in the barrel section of the cylinders. Both holes, concealed by UF{sub 4} reaction products identical in color to the cylinder coating, were similarly located near the front stiffening ring. The UF{sub 4} appeared to have self-sealed the holes, thus containing nearly all of the uranium contents. Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc., Vice President K.W. Sommerfeld immediately formed an investigation team to: (1) identify the most likely cause of failure for the two breached cylinders, (2) determine the impact of these incidents on the three-site inventory, and (3) provide recommendations and preventive measures. This document discusses the results of this investigation.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE; USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
5788982
Report Number(s):
ORNL/TM-11988; POEF-2086
ON: DE92007790
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-84OR21400
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; CYLINDERS; RUPTURES; URANIUM HEXAFLUORIDE; RADIOACTIVE WASTE STORAGE; CONTAMINATION; CORROSION; ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS; FAILURE MODE ANALYSIS; FRACTURES; INSPECTION; INVESTIGATIONS; RECOMMENDATIONS; SOILS; ACTINIDE COMPOUNDS; ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES; CHEMICAL REACTIONS; FAILURES; FLUORIDES; FLUORINE COMPOUNDS; HALIDES; HALOGEN COMPOUNDS; MANAGEMENT; RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT; STORAGE; SYSTEM FAILURE ANALYSIS; SYSTEMS ANALYSIS; URANIUM COMPOUNDS; URANIUM FLUORIDES; WASTE MANAGEMENT; WASTE STORAGE; 052002* - Nuclear Fuels- Waste Disposal & Storage; 540230 - Environment, Terrestrial- Radioactive Materials Monitoring & Transport- (1990-)

Citation Formats

Barber, E J, Butler, T R, DeVan, J H, Googin, J M, Taylor, M S, Dyer, R H, and Russell, J R. Investigation of breached depleted UF sub 6 cylinders. United States: N. p., 1991. Web. doi:10.2172/5788982.
Barber, E J, Butler, T R, DeVan, J H, Googin, J M, Taylor, M S, Dyer, R H, & Russell, J R. Investigation of breached depleted UF sub 6 cylinders. United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/5788982
Barber, E J, Butler, T R, DeVan, J H, Googin, J M, Taylor, M S, Dyer, R H, and Russell, J R. Sun . "Investigation of breached depleted UF sub 6 cylinders". United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/5788982. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/5788982.
@article{osti_5788982,
title = {Investigation of breached depleted UF sub 6 cylinders},
author = {Barber, E J and Butler, T R and DeVan, J H and Googin, J M and Taylor, M S and Dyer, R H and Russell, J R},
abstractNote = {In June 1990, during a three-site inspection of cylinders being used for long-term storage of solid depleted UF{sub 6}, two 14-ton steel cylinders at Portsmouth, Ohio, were discovered with holes in the barrel section of the cylinders. Both holes, concealed by UF{sub 4} reaction products identical in color to the cylinder coating, were similarly located near the front stiffening ring. The UF{sub 4} appeared to have self-sealed the holes, thus containing nearly all of the uranium contents. Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc., Vice President K.W. Sommerfeld immediately formed an investigation team to: (1) identify the most likely cause of failure for the two breached cylinders, (2) determine the impact of these incidents on the three-site inventory, and (3) provide recommendations and preventive measures. This document discusses the results of this investigation.},
doi = {10.2172/5788982},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/5788982}, journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1991},
month = {9}
}