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Title: Spent Fuel Transportation Package Performance Study - Experimental Design Challenges

Abstract

Numerous studies of spent nuclear fuel transportation accident risks have been performed since the late seventies that considered shipping container design and performance. Based in part on these studies, NRC has concluded that the level of protection provided by spent nuclear fuel transportation package designs under accident conditions is adequate. [1] Furthermore, actual spent nuclear fuel transport experience showcase a safety record that is exceptional and unparalleled when compared to other hazardous materials transportation shipments. There has never been a known or suspected release of the radioactive contents from an NRC-certified spent nuclear fuel cask as a result of a transportation accident. In 1999 the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) initiated a study, the Package Performance Study, to demonstrate the performance of spent fuel and spent fuel packages during severe transportation accidents. NRC is not studying or testing its current regulations, a s the rigorous regulatory accident conditions specified in 10 CFR Part 71 are adequate to ensure safe packaging and use. As part of this study, NRC currently plans on using detailed modeling followed by experimental testing to increase public confidence in the safety of spent nuclear fuel shipments. One of the aspects of this confirmatory research studymore » is the commitment to solicit and consider public comment during the scoping phase and experimental design planning phase of this research.« less

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Research Org.:
U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Washington, D.C.; Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
US Department of Energy (US)
OSTI Identifier:
826225
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Waste Management 2003 Symposium, Tucson, AZ (US), 02/23/2003--02/27/2003; Other Information: PBD: 25 Feb 2003
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; ACCIDENTS; CASKS; CONTAINERS; DESIGN; HAZARDOUS MATERIALS; NUCLEAR FUELS; PACKAGING; PERFORMANCE; REGULATIONS; SAFETY; SIMULATION; SPENT FUELS; TESTING; WASTE MANAGEMENT

Citation Formats

Snyder, A. M., Murphy, A. J., Sprung, J. L., Ammerman, D. J., and Lopez, C. Spent Fuel Transportation Package Performance Study - Experimental Design Challenges. United States: N. p., 2003. Web.
Snyder, A. M., Murphy, A. J., Sprung, J. L., Ammerman, D. J., & Lopez, C. Spent Fuel Transportation Package Performance Study - Experimental Design Challenges. United States.
Snyder, A. M., Murphy, A. J., Sprung, J. L., Ammerman, D. J., and Lopez, C. Tue . "Spent Fuel Transportation Package Performance Study - Experimental Design Challenges". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/826225.
@article{osti_826225,
title = {Spent Fuel Transportation Package Performance Study - Experimental Design Challenges},
author = {Snyder, A. M. and Murphy, A. J. and Sprung, J. L. and Ammerman, D. J. and Lopez, C.},
abstractNote = {Numerous studies of spent nuclear fuel transportation accident risks have been performed since the late seventies that considered shipping container design and performance. Based in part on these studies, NRC has concluded that the level of protection provided by spent nuclear fuel transportation package designs under accident conditions is adequate. [1] Furthermore, actual spent nuclear fuel transport experience showcase a safety record that is exceptional and unparalleled when compared to other hazardous materials transportation shipments. There has never been a known or suspected release of the radioactive contents from an NRC-certified spent nuclear fuel cask as a result of a transportation accident. In 1999 the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) initiated a study, the Package Performance Study, to demonstrate the performance of spent fuel and spent fuel packages during severe transportation accidents. NRC is not studying or testing its current regulations, a s the rigorous regulatory accident conditions specified in 10 CFR Part 71 are adequate to ensure safe packaging and use. As part of this study, NRC currently plans on using detailed modeling followed by experimental testing to increase public confidence in the safety of spent nuclear fuel shipments. One of the aspects of this confirmatory research study is the commitment to solicit and consider public comment during the scoping phase and experimental design planning phase of this research.},
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