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Thermal Testing of 9977 General Purpose Fissile Package Using a Pool Fire

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Lawrence F. Gelder, Cecil G. May, Glenn A. Abramczyk, Allen C. Smith

Westinghouse Savannah River Company, Aiken, SC

John Malloy

NovaTech, Lynchburg, VA

Paper No. PVP2007-26049, pp. 371-377; 7 pages
  • ASME 2007 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 7: Operations, Applications and Components
  • San Antonio, Texas, USA, July 22–26, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4285-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3804-8
  • Copyright © 2007 by Washington Savannah River Company LLC


The 9977 / 9978 General Purpose Fissile Package (GPFP), has been designed as a cost-effective, user-friendly replacement for the DOT 6M Specification Package for transporting Plutonium and Uranium metals and oxides. To ensure the capability of the 9977 GPFP to withstand the regulatory crush test, urethane foam was chosen for the impact absorbing overpack. As part of the package development it was necessary to confirm that the urethane foam overpack would provide the required protection for the containment vessel during the thermal test portion of the Hypothetical Accident Conditions Sequential Tests. Development tests of early prototypes were performed using a furnace. Based on the results of the development tests, detailed design enhancements were incorporated into the final design. Examples of the definitive 9977 design configuration were subjected to an all-engulfing pool fire test, as part of the HAC Sequential Tests, to support the application for certification. Testing has confirmed the package’s ability to withstand the HAC thermal tests.

Copyright © 2007 by Washington Savannah River Company LLC



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