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Type B Radioactive Material Package Failure Modes and Contents Compliance

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S. J. Hensel, R. W. Watkins, A. C. Smith

Washington Savannah River Company, Aiken, SC

Paper No. PVP2007-26370, pp. 493-496; 4 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


Type B radioactive material package failures can occur due to any one of the following: inadequate design, manufacture, and maintenance of packages, load conditions beyond those anticipated in the regulations, and improper package loading and operation. The rigorous package design evaluations performed in the certification process, robust package manufacture quality assurance programs, and demanding load conditions prescribed in the regulations are all well established. This paper focuses on the operational aspects of Type B package loading with respect to an overbatch, a condition not evaluated during packaging certification, which may cause a package failure.

Copyright © 2007 by Washington Savannah River Company LLC



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