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Title: Packaging design for storage, transportation, and disposal of disused radiological sources

Abstract

A system for encapsulating and storing disused radiological sources in sealed capsules is provided, the system having a basket to removably position capsules relative to each other, the capsules containing the radiological sources; a containment vessel for receiving the basket; and a cask reversibly encapsulating or otherwise housing the containment vessel. Also provided is a method for packaging, transporting and storing disused radiological sources, the method having the steps of transporting sealed capsules containing radiological sources from water pools to baskets; placing the basket in a containment vessel and sealing the vessel with helium backfill; placing the vessel in a cask and reversibly capping the cask; surrounding the cask with personnel a shield and crumple zones to create a construct; and transporting and storing the construct until its final disposal at a geological repository or a deep borehole, all without repackaging of the disused radiological sealed capsules.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1498519
Patent Number(s):
10186336
Application Number:
15/435,640
Assignee:
UChicago Argonne, LLC (Chicago, IL)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
G - PHYSICS G21 - NUCLEAR PHYSICS G21F - PROTECTION AGAINST X-RADIATION, GAMMA RADIATION, CORPUSCULAR RADIATION OR PARTICLE BOMBARDMENT
DOE Contract Number:  
AC02-06CH11357
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2017 Feb 17
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Liu, Yung Y., Han, Zenghu, and Shuler, James M.. Packaging design for storage, transportation, and disposal of disused radiological sources. United States: N. p., 2019. Web.
Liu, Yung Y., Han, Zenghu, & Shuler, James M.. Packaging design for storage, transportation, and disposal of disused radiological sources. United States.
Liu, Yung Y., Han, Zenghu, and Shuler, James M.. Tue . "Packaging design for storage, transportation, and disposal of disused radiological sources". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1498519.
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