An Approach to Evaluate the Sufficiency of Highway Bridges for Nuclear Spent Fuel Transportation

by M. Saiidi, Univ of Nevada Reno, Reno, United States,
Y. Jiang, Univ of Nevada Reno, Reno, United States,
E. Maragakis, Univ of Nevada Reno, Reno, United States,

Abstract: The transportation of radioactive spent fuel can have a significant impact on bridge structures located on designated routes. Due to the critical nature of the cargo and because of the severe consequences of the failure of a bridge in carrying the vehicles containing the cargo, a careful and systematic examination of bridges along the route needs to be made and the economic impact needs be determined. This paper presents a relatively general method to undertake these tasks. An actual bridge located in southern Nevada is used as an example to illustrate some of the major steps involved in the process. The need for the development of new limit states for bridges carrying the spent fuel traffic is discussed.

Subject Headings: Fuels | Highway bridges | Nuclear power | Highway transportation | Bridge tests | Radioactive wastes | Freight transportation | Routing (transportation) | Bridge design | Nevada | North America | United States

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