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Design and Qualification of AL-R8 2040 Sealed Insert Container

[+] Author Affiliations
Michael Black

University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

Jeff Addington, Tommy Hoff

BWXT Pantex, Amarillo, TX

Paper No. PVP2005-71035, pp. 429-435; 7 pages
  • ASME 2005 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 7: Operations, Applications, and Components
  • Denver, Colorado, USA, July 17–21, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4192-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3763-7
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


The end of the Cold War, coupled with weapons reduction agreements, resulted in large numbers of nuclear weapons that are required to be dismantled. After the weapons are dismantled, certain radioactive components must be stored and maintained in a controlled environment. A graded approach is used in selecting the baseline criteria. Site-specific conditions, operating procedures/practices, National Design Agency weapon specific requirements, and DOE requirements are first evaluated to establish a baseline. Additionally, the design criteria provided in 10CFR71 are adopted as-is or modified to reflect the site-specific conditions. To accomplish this controlled storage environment, containers have been designed so that the internal atmosphere may be kept consistent throughout a minimum design life of 30 years. The most recent storage container design is the AL-R8 2040 Sealed Insert. This report will summarize the design and qualification activities associated with this container.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME
Topics: Containers , Design



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