skip to main content
OSTI.GOV title logo U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Scientific and Technical Information

Title: Spent fuel container alignment device and method

Abstract

An alignment device is used with a spent fuel shipping container including a plurality of fuel pockets for spent fuel arranged in an annular array and having a rotatable cover including an access opening therein. The alignment device includes a lightweight plate which is installed over the access opening of the cover. A laser device is mounted on the plate so as to emit a laser beam through a laser admittance window in the cover into the container in the direction of a pre-established target associated with a particular fuel pocket. An indexing arrangement on the container provides an indication of the angular position of the rotatable cover when the laser beam produced by the laser is brought into alignment with the target of the associated fuel pocket.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. Mechanicville, NY
  2. Scotia, NY
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (KAPL), Niskayuna, NY
OSTI Identifier:
870496
Patent Number(s):
US 5533075
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC)
DOE Contract Number:  
AC12-76SN00052
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
spent; fuel; container; alignment; device; method; shipping; including; plurality; pockets; arranged; annular; array; rotatable; cover; access; therein; lightweight; plate; installed; laser; mounted; emit; beam; admittance; window; direction; pre-established; target; associated; particular; pocket; indexing; arrangement; provides; indication; angular; position; produced; brought; shipping container; annular array; laser device; angular position; laser beam; spent fuel; alignment device; beam produced; associated fuel; fuel shipping; fuel container; fuel pocket; fuel pockets; container including; /376/

Citation Formats

Jones, Stewart D, and Chapek, George V. Spent fuel container alignment device and method. United States: N. p., 1996. Web.
Jones, Stewart D, & Chapek, George V. Spent fuel container alignment device and method. United States.
Jones, Stewart D, and Chapek, George V. Mon . "Spent fuel container alignment device and method". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/870496.
@article{osti_870496,
title = {Spent fuel container alignment device and method},
author = {Jones, Stewart D and Chapek, George V},
abstractNote = {An alignment device is used with a spent fuel shipping container including a plurality of fuel pockets for spent fuel arranged in an annular array and having a rotatable cover including an access opening therein. The alignment device includes a lightweight plate which is installed over the access opening of the cover. A laser device is mounted on the plate so as to emit a laser beam through a laser admittance window in the cover into the container in the direction of a pre-established target associated with a particular fuel pocket. An indexing arrangement on the container provides an indication of the angular position of the rotatable cover when the laser beam produced by the laser is brought into alignment with the target of the associated fuel pocket.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1996},
month = {1}
}

Patent:

Save / Share: