Structural Considerations for a Radwaste Facility

by Michael A. Sabbe, Bechtel Natl Inc, Advanced, Technology Div, San Francisco, CA, USA,
Steven C. Foelber, Bechtel Natl Inc, Advanced, Technology Div, San Francisco, CA, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Transition in the Nuclear Industry

Abstract: The structural engineer needs to consider several criteria when designing a radioactive-waste processing facility in order to properly balance the requirements of safety and economy. This paper addresses the design criteria and structural design of a vitrification building and the special equipment and supports associated with remote process operations. In addition, approaches to construction, and the role of scale models to aid in engineering design and construction are discussed.

Subject Headings: Building design | Industrial facilities | Structural safety | Heat treatment | Construction engineering | Radioactive wastes | Industrial wastes

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