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Title: Lift-based up-ender and methods using same to manipulate a shipping container containing unirradiated nuclear fuel

A shipping container containing an unirradiated nuclear fuel assembly is lifted off the ground by operating a crane to raise a lifting tool comprising a winch. The lifting tool is connected with the shipping container by a rigging line connecting with the shipping container at a lifting point located on the shipping container between the top and bottom of the shipping container, and by winch cabling connecting with the shipping container at the top of the shipping container. The shipping container is reoriented by operating the winch to adjust the length of the winch cabling so as to rotate the shipping container about the lifting point. Shortening the winch cabling rotates the shipping container about the lifting point from a horizontal orientation to a vertical orientation, while lengthening the winch cabling rotates the shipping container about the lifting point from the vertical orientation to the horizontal orientation.
Inventors:
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1373714
Assignee:
BWXT mPower, Inc. CHO
Patent Number(s):
9,721,688
Application Number:
14/179,269
Contract Number:
0000583
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2014 Feb 12
Research Org:
BWXT mPower, Inc. Charlotte, NC (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING

Other works cited in this record:

Method of straightening a bowed nuclear fuel assembly
patent, June 1992

Spent nuclear fuel (SNF) dry transfer system
patent, August 1997

Method for disposing of a component located in a reactor pressure vessel of a nuclear reactor plant
patent, October 1999

Lower reactor internals up-ending device
patent, July 2001

High energy shock absorbing wall structure and container using same
patent-application, January 2003

Shipping package up-ender
patent-application, October 2007

Method for Controlling the Orientation of a Load Suspended from a Bearing Wire About Said Bearing Wire and a Winch Arrangement
patent-application, December 2012

Shipping Container For Unirradiated Nuclear Fuel Assemblies
patent-application, August 2014

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