NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE AIR TRANSPORT OF PLUTONIUM

A new package for the air transport of plutonium has been developed in response to a United States Public Law which restricts the U. S. air transport of plutonium except for small medical devices. This new package, called PAT-1 for plutonium air transportable package model 1, is the result of the NRC-sponsored (NRC = U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ) PARC (plutonium accident resistant container) project at Sandia Laboratories, Albuquerque. The PAT-1 package is designed to meet or exceed new criteria specified in NUREG-0360. These include a severe test sequence of impact ( > 250 knots) on an unyielding target, crush, puncture, slash, a large JP-4 fire for 1 hour, followed by water immersion, with stringent acceptance standards on plutonium release, nuclear shielding, and nuclear criticality. The PAT-1 package design features a high energy absorption capability with high-level fire protection. It weighs approximately 227 kg (500 lb) when loaded with 2 kg Plutonium oxide and can accommodate up to 25 watts thermal energy from the plutonium load.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at SAE Meeting September 26-28, 1978.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Automotive Engineers

    400 Commonwealth Drive
    Warrendale, PA  USA  15096
  • Authors:
    • Andersen, J A
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Accession Number: 00190187
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SAE 780870
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 11 1979 12:00AM