American Society of Civil Engineers

The Expected Condition of Spent LWR Fuel on Delivery to a Repository

by W. J. Bailey, (Pacific Northwest Lab, United States) and A. B. Johnson, Jr., (Pacific Northwest Lab, United States)

pp. 1437-1443

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990
Abstract: The condition of spent fuel on delivery to a repository is affected by its service in the reactor and by the postirradiation activities including wet and dry storage; fuel examination, fuel reconstitution, and rod consolidation; and handling and transporting. Current assessments indicate that spent LWR fuel delivered to the repository will not differ markedly from the spent fuel discharged from the reactor, even after several decades of wet and dry storage. However, potential impacts of fuel with cladding breaches exposed to oxidizing atmospheres and effects of crud loosened by extended wet storage need to be anticipated.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Nuclear power
Nuclear reactors
Radioactive wastes
Transportation management
Waste disposal
Waste storage

Author Keywords:
Nuclear Reactors, Light Water
Radioactive Wastes - Geological Repositories
Spent Fuel Dry Storage - Spent Fuel Examination - Spent Fuel Repository Condition - Spent Fuel Wet Storage - Zircaloy Clad Fuels