TRU WASTE TRANSPORT ECONOMICS: AN OVERVIEW

There are currently three predominant methods used to transport transuranium contaminated waste. These are: (1) ATMX Railcars--500 and 600 series, (2) Super Tigers, and (3) Poly Panthers. Both the ATMX-500 and 600 series railcars are massive doubly walled steel railcars which provide the equivalent protection of a Type B package. In ATMX-600 the rapid loading and unloading of the 9 x 9 x 50 feet cargo space is achieved by prepackaging the TRU waste into standard 20-foot steel cargo containers. The ATMX-500 railcars are divided into three inside bays, having dimensions of 16 (l) x 9.25 (w) x 6.25 (h) feet. A typical load consists of 128 55-gallon drums (however, space can accommodate 192 drums), 12 fiberglass boxes (4 x 4 x 7), or a combination of palletized drums and boxes. A Super Tiger is an overpack authorized for Type A, Type B, and large quantities of radioactive materials having outside dimensions of 8 x 8 x 20 feet. Maximum payload is approximately 28,700 lb with a gross weight of 45,000 lb. The primary factors influencing transport costs are examined including freight rates of transport mode, effective cargo (weight and volume) management, effective utilization of available space (package design), transport mileage, and rental fees or initial capital outlay. Miscellaneous factors are also examined. (ERA citation 03:052129)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Symposium on packaging and transportation of radioactive materials, Las Vegas, NV, USA, 7 May 1978, Microfiche copies only.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Mound Facility

    Miamisburg, OH  USA  45342

    Department of Energy

    1000 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20585
  • Authors:
    • Edling, D A
    • Hopkins, D R
    • Walls, H C
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Pagination: 8 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00186466
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CONF-780506-34
  • Contract Numbers: EY-76-C-4-0053
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1979 12:00AM