Transportation Cask Life Cycle Cost Uncertainty Analysis

by Spyridon Tzemos, Battelle, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990


This paper demonstrates an uncertainty analysis methodology using random sampling. This methodology has been applied to a nuclear waste transportation code, and several transportation parameters were studied. These parameters were ranked in terms of their contribution to the uncertainty of the total cost. The frequency distributions of the input parameters and corresponding outputs were plotted, and the sensitivity of the output uncertainty to variations of the input uncertainty was noted for each variable. The results showed that by far, the largest contributor to uncertainty is the 'cask capacity,' followed by 'processing time at reactors' for rail and by 'distances' for truck. The output frequency distribution plots showed a lumpiness generated by the discreteness of the cask size. The lumpiness was more pronounced for rail than for truck.

Subject Headings: Frequency distribution | Parameters (statistics) | Life cycles | Uncertainty principles | Transportation studies | Rail transportation | Trucks | Radioactive wastes

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