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Mechanical Properties of Fiberboard Overpack Materials in the 9975 Shipping Package

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W. L. Daugherty, P. R. Vormelker

Savannah River National Laboratory, Aiken, SC

Paper No. PVP2005-71568, pp. 551-557; 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 Westinghouse Savannah River Co.


Many radioactive material (RAM) shipping packages incorporate cane fiberboard overpacks for thermal insulation and impact resistance. Mechanical strength (tensile and compressive) has been measured on cane fiberboard and a similar wood-based product following short-term conditioning in several temperature/humidity environments. Both products show similar trends and vary in behavior with fiber orientation, temperature and humidity. A memory effect also exists where original strength values are only partially recovered following exposure to a degrading environment and return to ambient conditions.

Copyright © 2005 by Westinghouse Savannah River Co.



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