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Title: Analysis of Ignition Testing on K-West Basin Fuel

Abstract

Approximately 2100 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) discharged from the N-Reactor have been stored underwater at the K-Basins in the 100 Area of the Hanford Site. The spent fuel has been stored in the K-East Basin since 1975 and in the K-West Basin since 1981. Some of the SNF elements in these basins have corroded because of various breaches in the Zircaloy cladding that occurred during fuel discharge operations and/or subsequent handling and storage in the basins. Consequently, radioactive material in the fuel has been released into the basin water, and water has leaked from the K-East Basin into the soil below. To protect the Columbia River, which is only 380 m from the basins, the SNF is scheduled to be removed and transported for interim dry storage in the 200 East Area, in the central portion of the Site. However, before being shipped, the corroded fuel elements will be loaded into Multi-Canister OverPacks and conditioned. The conditioning process will be selected based on the Integrated Process Strategy (IPS) (WHC 1995), which was prepared on the basis of the dry storage concept developed by the Independent Technical Assessment (ITA) team (ITA 1994).

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab., Richland, WA (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
US Department of Energy (US)
OSTI Identifier:
9534
Report Number(s):
PNNL-11816; UC-602
UC-602; TRN: US0103145
DOE Contract Number:  
AC06-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 10 Aug 1999
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; FUEL STORAGE POOLS; HANFORD RESERVATION; SPENT FUEL STORAGE; CORROSION; DRY STORAGE; FUEL ELEMENTS; MATERIALS TESTING; SAFETY ANALYSIS

Citation Formats

J. Abrefah, F.H. Huang, W.M. Gerry, W.J. Gray, S.C. Marschman, and T.A. Thornton. Analysis of Ignition Testing on K-West Basin Fuel. United States: N. p., 1999. Web. doi:10.2172/9534.
J. Abrefah, F.H. Huang, W.M. Gerry, W.J. Gray, S.C. Marschman, & T.A. Thornton. Analysis of Ignition Testing on K-West Basin Fuel. United States. doi:10.2172/9534.
J. Abrefah, F.H. Huang, W.M. Gerry, W.J. Gray, S.C. Marschman, and T.A. Thornton. Tue . "Analysis of Ignition Testing on K-West Basin Fuel". United States. doi:10.2172/9534. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/9534.
@article{osti_9534,
title = {Analysis of Ignition Testing on K-West Basin Fuel},
author = {J. Abrefah and F.H. Huang and W.M. Gerry and W.J. Gray and S.C. Marschman and T.A. Thornton},
abstractNote = {Approximately 2100 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) discharged from the N-Reactor have been stored underwater at the K-Basins in the 100 Area of the Hanford Site. The spent fuel has been stored in the K-East Basin since 1975 and in the K-West Basin since 1981. Some of the SNF elements in these basins have corroded because of various breaches in the Zircaloy cladding that occurred during fuel discharge operations and/or subsequent handling and storage in the basins. Consequently, radioactive material in the fuel has been released into the basin water, and water has leaked from the K-East Basin into the soil below. To protect the Columbia River, which is only 380 m from the basins, the SNF is scheduled to be removed and transported for interim dry storage in the 200 East Area, in the central portion of the Site. However, before being shipped, the corroded fuel elements will be loaded into Multi-Canister OverPacks and conditioned. The conditioning process will be selected based on the Integrated Process Strategy (IPS) (WHC 1995), which was prepared on the basis of the dry storage concept developed by the Independent Technical Assessment (ITA) team (ITA 1994).},
doi = {10.2172/9534},
journal = {},
number = ,
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place = {United States},
year = {Tue Aug 10 00:00:00 EDT 1999},
month = {Tue Aug 10 00:00:00 EDT 1999}
}

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