ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF TRANSPORTING RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS IN NUCLEAR WASTE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

This paper discusses the environmental effects of radioactive materials transportation. The systems used or being designed for use in spent fuel and waste transportation are described. Accident rate and severity data are used to quantify risk. A test program in which subscale and full scale transportation systems were exposed to accident environments far in excess of those used in package design is used to relate package damage to accident severity levels. Analytical results and subscale and full scale test results are correlated to demonstrate that computational methods or scale modeling, or both, can be used to predict accident behavior of transportation systems. This work is used to show that the risks to the public from radioactive material transportation are low relative to other risks commonly accepted by the public. (ERA citation 04:021729)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • 71. meeting of the AICHE, Miami, FL, USA, 12 Nov 1978.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Sandia Laboratories

    P.O. Box 5800
    Albuquerque, NM  USA  87115

    Department of Energy

    1000 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20585
  • Authors:
    • Pope, R B
    • YOSHIMURA, H R
    • McClure, J D
    • Huerta, M
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Pagination: 21 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00198132
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CONF-781110-11
  • Contract Numbers: EY-76-C-04-0789
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 15 1979 12:00AM