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Title: Storage assembly for spent nuclear fuel

A technique for storing spent fuel rods from a nuclear reactor is disclosed herein. This technique utilizes a housing including a closed inner chamber for containing the fuel rods and a thermally conductive member located partially within the housing chamber and partially outside the housing for transferring heat generated by the fuel rods from the chamber to the ambient surroundings. Particulate material is located within the chamber and surrounds the fuel rods contained therein. This material is selected to serve as a heat transfer media between the contained cells and the heat transferring member and, at the same time, stand ready to fuse into a solid mass around the contained cells if the heat transferring member malfunctions or otherwise fails to transfer the generated heat out of the housing chamber in a predetermined way.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5209061
Report Number(s):
US 4326918
TRN: 82-018403
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: Filed date 13 Mar 1980; Other Information: PAT-APPL-130134
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; NUCLEAR FUELS; SPENT FUEL STORAGE; BORAX; CONTAINERS; HEAT PIPES; THERMAL CONDUCTION; UNDERGROUND STORAGE; ALKALI METAL COMPOUNDS; BORATES; BORON COMPOUNDS; ENERGY SOURCES; ENERGY TRANSFER; FUELS; HEAT TRANSFER; MATERIALS; OXYGEN COMPOUNDS; REACTOR MATERIALS; SODIUM COMPOUNDS; STORAGE 052002* -- Nuclear Fuels-- Waste Disposal & Storage