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Test Results Using a Bell Jar to Measure Containment Vessel Pressurization

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S. J. Hensel, G. C. Rodrigues

Westinghouse Savannah River Company, Aiken, SC

Paper No. PVP2002-1616, pp. 75-78; 4 pages
doi:10.1115/PVP2002-1616
From:
  • ASME 2002 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Transportation, Storage, and Disposal of Radioactive Materials
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada, August 5–9, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4660-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME

abstract

A bell jar is used to determine containment vessel pressurization due to outgassing of plutonium materials. Fifteen food cans containing plutonium bearing materials, including plutonium packaged in direct contact with plastic and plutonium contaminated enriched uranium oxide have been tested to date. As expected, minimal pressurization occurs and in some cases a slight depressurization has been observed. Linear extrapolation of the greatest pressurization observed in the bell jar to a typical drum shipping container (such as a 9975) has been performed. Pressurization from this particular can packaged for one year in a 9975 container is negligible.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME

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