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Analytical and Numerical Evaluation of the Impact Limiters Design of a Research Reactors Spent Fuel Transportation Package Half Scale Model Under 9 M Drop Tests

[+] Author Affiliations
Miguel Mattar Neto, Carlos A. J. Miranda, Gerson Fainer

Nuclear and Energy Research Institute, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Rogério P. Mourão

Center of Nuclear Technology Development, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil

Paper No. PVP2008-61553, pp. 245-250; 6 pages
doi:10.1115/PVP2008-61553
From:
  • ASME 2008 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 7: Operations, Applications and Components
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, July 27–31, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4830-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-3828-5
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME

abstract

Since 2001, under the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) support, some regional projects have been developed in Latin America to assess storage and transportion options for the research reactors spent fuel in the region. One of the projects tasks is the design and testing of a half scale model of a dual purpose (transportation and storage) package for research reactors spent fuel. Considering one of the hypothetical accident conditions, the 9 m drop test, this paper presents the impact limiters design evaluation of the above mentioned half scale model of the dual purpose package based on the impact limiters materials characterization, on the analytical assessment of the impact limiters sizing (dimensions and expected package acceleration levels) and on numerical simulations of the drop tests using a finite element explicit code. Conclusions and comments are addressed based on the obtained results.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME

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