MECHANICS OF A HIGHWAY ACCIDENT AT WICHITA, KANSAS, INVOLVING NATURAL URANIUM CONCENTRATE

A study was conducted of a truck accident in which several 17 H 55-gal drums were damaged and natural uranium concentrate was spilled. It was concluded that the drums were deformed by quasi-static crush loading when the truck rolled over and impacted the ground. Laboratory tests were conducted on standard and modified drums to simulate the quasi-static crush loads. Various methods to improve drum integrity were evaluated. A nonlinear spring-mass analysis was used to model the drum response in the accident. It was found that the predicted drum damage corresponded to the damage caused in the accident.

  • Corporate Authors:

    SRI International

    Poulter Laboratory, 333 Ravenswood Avenue
    Menlo Park, CA  United States  94025

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission

    Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards
    Washington, DC  United States  20555
  • Authors:
    • Romander, C M
    • COLTON, J D
  • Publication Date: 1979

Media Info

  • Pagination: 75 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00305126
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: NRC-02-78-076
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 11 1980 12:00AM