Systems Implications of Repository Thermal Loading

by Peter Gottlieb, TRW Inc, Vienna, United States,
Bonnie Packer, TRW Inc, Vienna, United States,
John King, TRW Inc, Vienna, United States,
William Bailey, TRW Inc, Vienna, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1993


A study was conducted to determine if implementation of a hot, cold or intermediate repository thermal loading strategy would have specific impacts on the overall Civilian Radioactive Waste Management System. For the three thermal loading strategies examined, no significant impacts were found for the waste acceptance, transportation, or storage elements of the system unless it becomes necessary (1) to thermally levelize the waste stream by blending spent fuel at acceptance or at the MRS, (2) to age spent fuel before emplacement, or unless the utilities require acceptance of youngest fuel first. Impacts on the MGDS were found to fall into three categories: waste package capacity, underground emplacement area requirements, and performance assessment issues (not addressed in this study).

Subject Headings: Thermal loads | Thermal analysis | Systems management | Radioactive wastes | Fuels | Waste storage | Nuclear power

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