BR-100 Spent Fuel Shipping Cask Development

by E. J. McGuinn, B&W Fuel Co, United States,
P. C. Childress, B&W Fuel Co, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990


Continued public acceptance of commercial nuclear power is contingent to a large degree on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) establishing an integrated waste management system for spent nuclear fuel. As part of the from-reactor transportation segment of this system, the B&W Fuel Company (BWFC) is under contract to the DOE to develop a spent-fuel cask that is compatible with both rail and barge modes of transportation. Innovative design approaches were the keys to achieving a cask design that maximizes payload capacity and cask performance. The result is the BR-100, a 100-ton rail/barge cask with a capacity of 21 PWR or 52 BWR ten-year cooled, intact fuel assemblies.

Subject Headings: Fuels | Nuclear power | Freight transportation | Radioactive wastes | Rail transportation | Waste management | Integrated systems | Contracts

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