Development of a Thermal Analysis Model for a Nuclear Spent Fuel Storage Cask and Experimental Verification With Prototype Testing

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J. Y. Hwang, L. E. Efferding

Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Nuclear Components Division, Pensacola, FL 32596

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 111(4), 647-651 (Oct 01, 1989) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3240306 History: Received September 02, 1988; Online October 15, 2009


A thermal analysis evaluation is presented of a nuclear spent fuel dry storage cask designed by the Westinghouse Nuclear Components Division. The cask is designed to provide passive cooling of 24 Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) spent fuel assemblies for a storage period of at least 20 years at a nuclear utility site (Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation). A comparison is presented between analytical predictions and experimental results for a demonstration cask built by Westinghouse and tested under a joint program with the Department of Energy and Virginia Power Company. Demonstration testing with nuclear spent fuel assemblies was performed on a cask configuration designed to store 24 intact spent fuel assemblies or canisters containing fuel consolidated from 48 assemblies.

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