PREDICTING ROUTES OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES MOVED ON THE U.S. RAILROAD SYSTEM

Relative to the use of public roads, railroads offer several advantages for the movement of radioactive wastes. These include the ability to accommodate large, heavy containers, the ability to transfer large volumes in a single movement, and the safety of a dedicated, centrally controlled right-of-way. The principal disadvantage of railroads is that the shipper has considerably less freedom to specify the route a shipment will take. The lower density of the railroad network, the need to coordinate waste shipments with other traffic in the system, and the private ownership of the US network all reduce the shippers routing power. Although the shipper can dictate an exact route, this could require the use of a special train to move radioactive wastes, it is first desirable to determine how these materials would move as general rail traffic. This paper describes the development of a system to predict routes of general rail traffic at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • From 6th International Symposium on Packaging and Transporting Radioactive Material; Berlin, West Germany, November 10, 1980.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    P. O. Box 2008
    Oak Ridge, TN  United States  37831
  • Authors:
    • Hillsman, E L
    • JOHNSON, P E
    • Peterson, B E
  • Publication Date: 1980

Media Info

  • Pagination: 7 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00330643
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Energy Research Abstracts
  • Contract Numbers: W-7405-ENG-26
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM