STANDARDIZE OR NOT TO STANDARDIZE: THE PROS AND CONS OF STANDARDIZED DESIGNS FOR CASKS AND CASK TRANSPORT SYSTEMS

There are many different cask designs that have been approved, built, and used over the years. Some special-use vehicles have been built. In the US, there are now over a dozen current use casks. With a sharp increase in the number of spent fuel shipments coming up in the next decade, and the beginning of high-level waste shipments in the late 1980's, there could be a proliferation of cask and transport vehicle designs. But is this a good idea? Should there be more casks of fewer designs, or are custom-designed casks and vehicles a better way to go? This paper examines the advantages and disadvantages of standardized designs for casks and cask transport systems. Factors of safety, economics, efficiency, and public acceptance are considered. Examples of other transport hardware standardization on reactor and processing plant design and operations are examined, as well as the effects of plant standardization on the transport system. This is a chicken and egg situation, and will require close cooperation between designers of transport system hardware and plant hardware.

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    • From 5, symposium on packaging and transportation of radioactive materials; Las Vegas, Nevada, May 7, 1978. CONF-780506-(VOL. 1).
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    Department of Energy

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  • Authors:
    • Brobst, W A
    • Chais, M
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Accession Number: 00322954
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Energy Research Abstracts
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 30 1980 12:00AM