SHOCK ENVIRONMENTS FOR LARGE SHIPPING CONTAINERS DURING RAIL COUPLING OPERATIONS

Sandia National Laboratories participated in a study to define the shock environments to which large, fissile material shipping containers may be exposed during rail-coupling operations. Tests were conducted using impact velocities up to 17.98 km/h (11.17 mph). The cargo on the rail cars consisted of a 36-tonne (40-ton) cask mounted on a skid or a 64-tonne (70-ton) cask. The rail cars were equipped with either standard draft gear, hydraulic end-of-car draft gear, or a sliding center sill cushion underframe. The maximum peak acceleration and its pulse duration were determined for the longitudinal, transverse, and vertical axes of the two casks.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Sandia Laboratories

    P.O. Box 5800
    Albuquerque, NM  USA  87115

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission

    Division of Safeguards, Fuel Cycle and Environmental Research
    Washington, DC  USA  20555

    Department of Energy

    1000 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20585
  • Authors:
    • MAGNUSON, C F
  • Publication Date: 1980-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 74 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00327158
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SAND-79-2168
  • Contract Numbers: DE-AC04-76DP00789
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 18 1981 12:00AM