Comparison of Elastic and Inelastic Analysis and Test Results for the Defense High Level Waste Shipping Cask

by A. Zimmer, General Atomics, San Diego, United States,
M. A. Koploy, General Atomics, San Diego, United States,
M. M. Madsen, General Atomics, San Diego, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1991


In the early 1980's, the U.S. Department of Energy/Defense Programs (DOE/DP) initiated a project to develop a safe and efficient transportation system for defense high level waste (DHLW). A long-standing objective of the DHLW transportation project is to develop a truck cask that represents the leading edge of cask technology as well as fully complies with all applicable DOE, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations. General Atomics (GA) designed the DHLW Truck Shipping Cask using state-of-the-art analytical techniques verified by model testing performed by Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). The analytical techniques include two approaches, inelastic analysis and elastic analysis. This paper will compare the results of the two analytical approaches and with model testing results. The purpose of this work is to provide data to support licensing of the DHLW cask and to support the acceptance by the NRC of inelastic analysis as a tool in packaging design and licensing.

Subject Headings: Elastic analysis | Radioactive wastes | Elasticity and Inelasticity | Mathematical models | Licensure and certification | Data analysis | Container shipping

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