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Results and Correlations From Analyses of the ENSA ENUN 32P Cask Transport Tests

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Elena A. Kalinina, Natalie Gordon, Douglas J. Ammerman, William L. Uncapher, Sylvia J. Saltzstein, Catherine Wright

Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

Paper No. PVP2018-84763, pp. V007T07A040; 7 pages
  • ASME 2018 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 7: Operations, Applications, and Components
  • Prague, Czech Republic, July 15–20, 2018
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5170-8
  • Copyright © 2018 by ASME


An ENUN 32P cask supplied by Equipos Nucleares S.A. (ENSA) was transported 9,600 miles by road, sea, and rail in 2017 in order to collect shock and vibration data on the cask system and surrogate spent fuel assemblies within the cask.

The task of examining 101,857 ASCII data files — 6.002 terabytes of data (this includes binary and ASCII files) — has begun. Some results of preliminary analyses are presented in this paper.

A total of seventy-seven accelerometers and strain gauges were attached by Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) to three surrogate spent fuel assemblies, the cask basket, the cask body, the transport cradle, and the transport platforms. The assemblies were provided by SNL, Empresa Nacional de Residuos Radiactivos, S.A. (ENRESA), and a collaboration of Korean institutions. The cask system was first subjected to cask handling operations at the ENSA facility. The cask was then transported by heavy-haul truck in northern Spain and shipped from Spain to Belgium and subsequently to Baltimore on two roll-on/roll-off ships. From Baltimore, the cask was transported by rail using a 12-axle railcar to the American Association of Railroads’ Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI) near Pueblo, Colorado where a series of special rail tests were performed. Data were continuously collected during this entire sequence of multi-modal transportation events. (We did not collect data on the transfer between modes of transportation.)

Of particular interest — indeed the original motivation for these tests — are the strains measured on the zirconium-alloy tubes in the assemblies. The strains for each of the transport modes are compared to the yield strength of irradiated Zircaloy to illustrate the margin against rod failure during normal conditions of transport.

The accelerometer data provides essential comparisons of the accelerations on the different components of the cask system exhibiting both amplification and attenuation of the accelerations at the transport platforms through the cradle and cask and up to the interior of the cask. These data are essential for modeling cask systems.

This paper concentrates on analyses of the testing of the cask on a 12-axle railcar at TTCI.

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