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Title: Submergible barge retrievable storage and permanent disposal system for radioactive waste

Abstract

A submergible barge and process for submerging and storing radioactive waste material along a seabed. A submergible barge receives individual packages of radwaste within segregated cells. The cells are formed integrally within the barge, preferably surrounded by reinforced concrete. The cells are individually sealed by a concrete decking and by concrete hatch covers. Seawater may be vented into the cells for cooling, through an integral vent arrangement. The vent ducts may be attached to pumps when the barge is bouyant. The ducts are also arranged to promote passive ventilation of the cells when the barge is submerged. Packages of the radwaste are loaded into individual cells within the barge. The cells are then sealed and the barge is towed to the designated disposal-storage site. There, the individual cells are flooded and the barge will begin descent controlled by a powered submarine control device to the seabed storage site. The submerged barge will rest on the seabed permanently or until recovered by a submarine control device.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. (Spring, TX)
  2. (Richland, WA)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
864081
Patent Number(s):
US 4307679
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC) OSTI
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
submergible; barge; retrievable; storage; permanent; disposal; radioactive; waste; process; submerging; storing; material; seabed; receives; individual; packages; radwaste; segregated; cells; formed; integrally; preferably; surrounded; reinforced; concrete; individually; sealed; decking; hatch; covers; seawater; vented; cooling; integral; arrangement; ducts; attached; pumps; bouyant; arranged; promote; passive; ventilation; submerged; loaded; towed; designated; disposal-storage; site; flooded; begin; descent; controlled; powered; submarine; control; device; permanently; recovered; permanent disposal; formed integrally; individual cells; control device; waste material; radioactive waste; storing radioactive; individual cell; submergible barge; reinforced concrete; /588/114/376/405/422/976/

Citation Formats

Goldsberry, Fred L., and Cawley, William E. Submergible barge retrievable storage and permanent disposal system for radioactive waste. United States: N. p., 1981. Web.
Goldsberry, Fred L., & Cawley, William E. Submergible barge retrievable storage and permanent disposal system for radioactive waste. United States.
Goldsberry, Fred L., and Cawley, William E. Thu . "Submergible barge retrievable storage and permanent disposal system for radioactive waste". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/864081.
@article{osti_864081,
title = {Submergible barge retrievable storage and permanent disposal system for radioactive waste},
author = {Goldsberry, Fred L. and Cawley, William E.},
abstractNote = {A submergible barge and process for submerging and storing radioactive waste material along a seabed. A submergible barge receives individual packages of radwaste within segregated cells. The cells are formed integrally within the barge, preferably surrounded by reinforced concrete. The cells are individually sealed by a concrete decking and by concrete hatch covers. Seawater may be vented into the cells for cooling, through an integral vent arrangement. The vent ducts may be attached to pumps when the barge is bouyant. The ducts are also arranged to promote passive ventilation of the cells when the barge is submerged. Packages of the radwaste are loaded into individual cells within the barge. The cells are then sealed and the barge is towed to the designated disposal-storage site. There, the individual cells are flooded and the barge will begin descent controlled by a powered submarine control device to the seabed storage site. The submerged barge will rest on the seabed permanently or until recovered by a submarine control device.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1981},
month = {1}
}

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