Civil Engineering Challenge with Nuclear Waste

by David A. Day, Stearns Catalytic, Denver, CO, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Transition in the Nuclear Industry


The planning, design and construction of the ground surface facilities for a nuclear waste repository involves civil engineering in many ways. The transportation of heavy, metal shielded casks requires special attention to the system of highways and railroads accessing the repository. Structures for handling the shipping casks and transferring the waste onsite and into the deep geologic formation need special considerations. The structures must provide the NRC required containment, including hot cells for remote handling. Therefore, structural design strives for buildings, ventilation structures, shaft headframes, etc. , to be earthquake and tornado-proof. These important design bases and considerations for the Civil Engineer working on a nuclear waste repository will be discussed in this paper.

Subject Headings: Building design | Radioactive wastes | Waste storage | Rail transportation | Underground storage | Construction wastes | Metals (chemical) | Highways and roads

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