Conceptual design report for a transportable DUCRETE spent fuel storage cask system

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A conceptual design has been developed for a spent fuel dry storage cask that employs depleted uranium concrete (DUCRETE) in place of ordinary concrete. DUCRETE, which uses depleted uranium oxide rocks rather than gravel as the concrete`s heavy aggregate, is a more efficient overall radiation shield (gamma and neutron) than either steel or ordinary concrete. Thus, it allows the cask weight and size to be substantially reduced. Also, using DUCRETE as shielding avoids, or at least defers, disposal of the depleted uranium as waste. This report focuses on DUCRETE cask transportation issues. The approach studied involves placing the storage cask ... continued below

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Hopf, J.E. August 1, 1995.

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  • Hopf, J.E. Sierra Nuclear Corp., Scotts Valley, CA (United States)

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A conceptual design has been developed for a spent fuel dry storage cask that employs depleted uranium concrete (DUCRETE) in place of ordinary concrete. DUCRETE, which uses depleted uranium oxide rocks rather than gravel as the concrete`s heavy aggregate, is a more efficient overall radiation shield (gamma and neutron) than either steel or ordinary concrete. Thus, it allows the cask weight and size to be substantially reduced. Also, using DUCRETE as shielding avoids, or at least defers, disposal of the depleted uranium as waste. This report focuses on DUCRETE cask transportation issues. The approach studied involves placing the storage cask into a simple steel transportation overpack. Preliminary analyses were performed to demonstrate the transportation system`s ability to meet the structural, thermal, and shielding transportation criteria. Conservative manual calculations were performed to demonstrate the adequacy of the DUCRETE transportation overpack with respect to structural requirements. Two-dimensional thermal analyses were performed on the system (the DUCRETE storage cask inside the steel overpack) using the ANSYS thermal analysis code. Two-dimensional shielding analyses were performed on the system with the MCNP code. Effects of the fuel axial burnup profile and solar radiation are considered. The analyses show that the proposed system can meet the transportation structural criteria and can easily meet the transportation shielding criteria. The thermal criteria are not as easy to meet because when the storage cask is placed horizontally in the transportation overpack, the DUCRETE storage cask`s ventilation duct becomes an insulating dead air space. The maximum allowable temperature for the DUCRETE, which is not yet known, will be the limiting factor.

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INIS; OSTI as DE95017516

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  • Other Information: PBD: Aug 1995

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  • Other: DE95017516
  • Report No.: INEL--95/0167
  • Grant Number: AC07-94ID13223
  • DOI: 10.2172/106411 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 106411
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc628157

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Hopf, J.E. Conceptual design report for a transportable DUCRETE spent fuel storage cask system, report, August 1, 1995; Idaho Falls, Idaho. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc628157/: accessed December 13, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.