A Preliminary Evaluation of the Ability of From-Reactor Casks to Geometrically Accommodate Commercial LWR Spent Nuclear Fuel

by D. Andress, D. Andress & Associates Inc, Kensington, United States,
N. B. McLeod, D. Andress & Associates Inc, Kensington, United States,
M. Rahimi, D. Andress & Associates Inc, Kensington, United States,
D. S. Joy, D. Andress & Associates Inc, Kensington, United States,
R. W. Peterson, D. Andress & Associates Inc, Kensington, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1991

Abstract: The Department of Energy has sponsored a number of cask design efforts to define several transportation casks to accommodate the various assemblies expected to be accepted by the Federal Waste Management System. At this time, three preliminary cask designs have been selected for the final design-the GA-4 and GA-9 truck casks and the BR-100 rail cask. The GA-4 cask is designed for PWR fuel only; the GA-9 cask is a longer cask with less shielding designed for BWR fuel only; and the BR-100 cask is designed to accommodate both PWR and BWR fuels. In total, this assessment indicates that the current Initiative I cask designs can be expected to dimensionally accommodate 100% of the PWR fuel assemblies (other than the extra-long South Texas Fuel) with control elements removed, and >90% of the assemblies having the control elements as an integral part of the fuel assembly. For BWR assemblies, >99% of the assemblies can be accommodated with fuel channels removed. Because of the button and spring interference, the basket openings in these casks will not accommodate assemblies in the BWR/2,3 and BWR/4-6 fuel classes with the fuel channels in place.

Subject Headings: Fuels | Nuclear reactors | Geometrics | Waste treatment | Nuclear power | Radioactive wastes | Systems management | Rail transportation | Federal government | North America | Texas | United States

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