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.
SRI InternationalPoulter Laboratory, 333 Ravenswood Avenue
Menlo Park, CA USA 94025
Nuclear Regulatory CommissionOffice of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards
Washington, DC USA 20555
- Romander, C M
- COLTON, J D
- Publication Date: 1979
- Pagination: 75 p.
- TRT Terms: Containers; Deformation; Drums (Containers); Hazardous materials; Impact tests; Loads; Loss and damage; Mathematical models; Radioactive materials; Radioactive wastes; Tearing; Traffic crashes; Traffic safety; Trucks; Uranium
- Uncontrolled Terms: Damage assessment; Loading; Motor vehicle accidents
- Geographic Terms: Kansas
- Old TRIS Terms: Drums; Radioactive contaminants
- Subject Areas: Highways; Motor Carriers; Research; Safety and Human Factors;
- 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