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apply to specific fuel storage, transport and disposal situations. The Sites will verify that
their use of the can is within the design envelope, verify the criticality safety of their
specific application and provide a Design Specification, specific to their needs, for
procurement of required HIC's.
This design interface document provides a summary of the interfaces involved in the
design of a High Integrity Can for use with DOE-owned spent nuclear fuel. Where
interfaces are already specified in other National SNF Program documents, the existing
work is normally cited rather than copied here.
1.4 Scope of the HIC Design
The High Integrity Can program will consist of materials selection, dimensional
determination, structural analysis, and criticality design of a can intended for interim
storage, repository transport, and repository disposal. The can will hold spent nuclear
fuel items which represent very small lots, particulate fuel materials, sectioned fuel
elements, fuel samples used for post irradiation testing, unknown or otherwise
uncharacterized spent fuel items, and degraded or damaged fuels. Although designed
specifically for irregular SNF disposal situations, the can may also be used in some
situations to obtain advantages in handling, shipping, criticality management or other
benefit determined desirable by the SNF owner.
The can will be designed for dry hot cell loading in an inerted atmosphere. An alternate
design lid will also be available to allow backfilling the can with an inert gas after
loading for non-inerted hot cells. The lid system of the can will also be designed for
sealed storage in a hot cell environment or in an interim storage configuration prior to
final seal welding for disposal. A series of can lengths, designed for nesting within the
standardized canister will be specified to allow can selection to maximize storage space
Although the can will be designed initially with a specific lid and lifting bail design
compatible with INEEL facilities, the can may be used (potentially with an alternate lid
configuration) by Hanford, SRS, the Navy, other DOE Sites, Universities, or other
facilities where the fuel is currently located.
The specific design criteria, requirements and inputs for the HIC design are specified in
the High Integrity Can Design Input Document, DOE/SNF/RD/004, Rev. 0.
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