NERVA TRANSPORTATION MODES

Evaluated in this trade study are the various methods of transporting an assemble NERVA engine. NERVA engine transportation and handling requirements and constraints were extracted from NPRD, Release No. 7, and engine specification CP 090290A, dated 8 September 1970. Assumptions were made regarding Trade Study 1004 (Engine Acceptance Test Method) and Trade Study 1009 (Poison Wire Removal and Reinsertion on Ground) because these trade studies have not been completed. Environmental accelerations were extracted from S-038 (Dynamic Analysis Report and Handling Shock Data) and applied in accordance with AEC 0529, Safety Standards for Packing of Radioactive and Fissile Materials. The above criteria were used to determine the acceleration mitigation and handling shock requirement of an engine shipping container. Shipping container design criteria were found to be independent of transport mode but were, rather, constrained by handling shock as defined by AEC. Four methods of engine transport (air, truck, rail and marine) were analyzed and compared as to route, distance, travel time, personnel support requirements, cost of transporter, and total trip cost. The comparisons resulted in specific recommendations for NERVA engine shipments between the sites considered. /Author/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Aerojet Nuclear Systems Company

    Sacramento, CA  United States 
  • Publication Date: 1970-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: 40 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00091737
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 13 1975 12:00AM