AN ASSESSMENT OF THE RISK OF TRANSPORTING URANIUM HEXAFLUORIDE BY TRUCK AND TRAIN

The risk assessment methodology used in this study includes risk from release of uranium hexafluoride during truck or rail transport due to transportation accidents. The contribution to the risk of deteriorated or faulty packaging during normal transport was also considered. The specific analysis steps of the risk assesment model are discussed. The transportation system and accident environment is described, as well as the calculation of the response of the shipping system to forces produced in transportation accidents. The results of a survey to determine the condition of the package during transport are presented and the sequences of events that could lead to a release of radioactive material from the shipping cask during transportation are postuated using a fault free analysis. These release sequences are evaluated to determine both the likelihood and the possible consequences of each release. Supportive data and analyses are given in the appendices.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Batelle Memorial Institute/Pacific Northwest Labs

    Battelle Boulevard, P.O. Box 999
    Richland, WA  United States  99352
  • Authors:
    • Geffen, C A
    • Johnson, J F
    • Davis, D K
    • Friley, J R
    • Ross, B A
  • Publication Date: 1978-8

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: v.p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00194196
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: PNL-221/UC-71
  • Contract Numbers: EY-76-C-06-1830
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 30 2000 12:00AM