Operational Considerations in Specifying Legal Weight Vehicles for the Highway Transport of Spent Nuclear Fuel

by Charles V. Hill, Science Applications Int Corp, United States,
Earl O. Rutenkroger, Science Applications Int Corp, United States,
Joseph E. Ratledge, Science Applications Int Corp, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990


This paper presents the results of a research project in which tractor manufacturers and carrier companies were interviewed to gather information on operational concerns in specifying a tractor to haul legal weight spent fuel casks. The system was assumed to operate very close to the 80,000-pound legal weight limit. Safety, performance, reliability, and maintainability of equipment were factors given particular attention. The interaction between driver fatigue, safety, and equipment was also discussed. Innovative operating strategies that could save weight were discussed. The paper concluded that operational considerations require that planners working with standard off-the-shelf tractor equipment should allow at least 17,350 pounds for the weight of the tractor as a starting point from which further weight reduction analysis can proceed.

Subject Headings: Fuels | Equipment and machinery | Legal affairs | Vehicles | Highways and roads | Nuclear power | Driver behavior | Radioactive wastes

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