Development of a container for the transportation and storage of plutonium bearing materials

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There is a large backlog of plutonium contaminated materials at the Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site near Denver, Colorado, USA. The clean-up of this site requires this material to be packaged in such a way as to allow for efficient transportation to other sites or to a permanent geologic repository. Prior to off-site shipment of the material, it may be stored on-site for a period of time. For this reason, it is desirable to have a container capable of meeting the requirements for storage as well as the requirements for transportation. Most of the off-site transportation is envisioned to take ... continued below

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Ammerman, D.; Geinitz, R.; Thorp, D. & Rivera, M. March 1, 1998.

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  • Ammerman, D. Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)
  • Geinitz, R.
  • Thorp, D. Safe Sites of Colorado, Golden, CO (United States)
  • Rivera, M. Los Alamos Technology Associates, Golden, CO (United States)

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    Publisher Info: Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)
    Place of Publication: Albuquerque, New Mexico

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There is a large backlog of plutonium contaminated materials at the Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site near Denver, Colorado, USA. The clean-up of this site requires this material to be packaged in such a way as to allow for efficient transportation to other sites or to a permanent geologic repository. Prior to off-site shipment of the material, it may be stored on-site for a period of time. For this reason, it is desirable to have a container capable of meeting the requirements for storage as well as the requirements for transportation. Most of the off-site transportation is envisioned to take place using the TRUPACT-II Type B package, with the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) as the destination. Prior to the development of this new container, the TRUPACT-II had a limit of 325 FGE (fissile gram equivalents) of plutonium due to criticality control concerns. Because of the relatively high plutonium content in the material to be transported, transporting 325 FGE per TRUPACT-II is uneconomical. Thus, the purpose of the new containers is to provide criticality control to increase the allowed TRUPACT-II payload and to provide a safe method for on-site storage prior to transport. This paper will describe the analysis and testing used to demonstrate that the Pipe Overpack Container provides safe on-site storage of plutonium bearing materials in unhardened buildings and provides criticality control during transportation within the TRUPACT-II. Analyses included worst-case criticality analyses, analyses of fork-lift time impacts, and analyses of roof structure collapse onto the container. Testing included dynamic crush tests, bare pipe impact tests, a 30-minute totally engulfing pool-fire test, and multiple package impact tests in end-on and side-on orientations.

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INIS; OSTI as DE98003335

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  • PATRAM `98: 12. international conference on packaging and transportation of radioactive material, Paris (France), 10-15 May 1998

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  • Other: DE98003335
  • Report No.: SAND--97-1359C
  • Report No.: CONF-980507--
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 650291
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc709040

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Ammerman, D.; Geinitz, R.; Thorp, D. & Rivera, M. Development of a container for the transportation and storage of plutonium bearing materials, article, March 1, 1998; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc709040/: accessed November 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.