U.S. Regulatory Research Program for Implementation of Burnup Credit in Transport Casks

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In 1999 the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (U.S. NRC) initiated a research program to support the development of technical bases and guidance that would facilitate the implementation of burnup credit into licensing activities for transport and dry cask storage. This paper reviews the following major areas of investigation: (1) specification of axial burnup profiles, (2) assumption on cooling time, (3) allowance for assemblies with fixed and removable neutron absorbers, (4) the need for a burnup margin for fuel with initial enrichments over 4 wt %, and (5) evaluation of assay data and critical experiments. The capabilities of a new computational ... continued below

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Parks, C. V. September 10, 2001.

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In 1999 the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (U.S. NRC) initiated a research program to support the development of technical bases and guidance that would facilitate the implementation of burnup credit into licensing activities for transport and dry cask storage. This paper reviews the following major areas of investigation: (1) specification of axial burnup profiles, (2) assumption on cooling time, (3) allowance for assemblies with fixed and removable neutron absorbers, (4) the need for a burnup margin for fuel with initial enrichments over 4 wt %, and (5) evaluation of assay data and critical experiments. The capabilities of a new computational tool that facilitates the performance and coupling of the depletion and criticality analyses needed for burnup credit are also discussed.

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  • The 13th International Symposium on the Packaging and Transportation of Radioactive Material (PATRAM2001), Chicago, IL (US), 09/03/2001--09/07/2001

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  • Report No.: P01-111795
  • Grant Number: AC05-00OR22725
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 788691
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Parks, C. V. U.S. Regulatory Research Program for Implementation of Burnup Credit in Transport Casks, article, September 10, 2001; Tennessee. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc720345/: accessed November 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.