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Demonstrating Performance of Spent Fuel and Related Storage System Components During Very Long Term Storage

Final Report of a Coordinated Research Project


English IAEA-TECDOC-1878 ¦ 978-92-0-103319-2

210 pages ¦ 103 figures ¦ € 18.00 ¦ Date published: 2019

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This publication summarizes the work carried out during an IAEA coordinated research project on safe and reliable management of spent nuclear fuel. This work contributes to the overall goal of demonstrating the performance of spent nuclear fuel and related storage system components over long durations, and facilitates the transfer of this knowledge to Member States. The technical areas addressed by the project participants were related to potential degradation mechanisms in metal casks and concrete overpacks, such as stress corrosion cracking; long term integrity and performance of the fuel cladding; thermomechanical behaviour of the metal seals; and long term gamma and neutron shielding capability. The participants also considered past and ongoing demonstration programmes. For each technical topic addressed, the main conclusions have been drawn, including information on the development of specific monitoring and inspection techniques as well as future opportunities for closing relevant data gaps. A major achievement is also the establishment of a worldwide network of experts working on current research projects to demonstrate the long term performance of spent fuel in dry storage systems.

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Spent Reactor Fuels, Storage, Radioactive Wastes, Storage, Performance, Spent Nuclear Fuel, SNF, Storage Systems, Coordinated Research Project, CRP, Nuclear Facilities, Knowledge Transfer, Member States, Stress Corrosion, Cracking, Long Term Degradation, Fuel Cladding, Thermomechanical Behaviour, Metal Seals, Gamma and Neutron Shielding, Programmes, Overpacks, Monitoring, Inspection Techniques, Dry Storage, Environment, Prevention, Mitigation, Chloride Induced Stress Corrosion Cracking, CISCC, Radiation Effects, Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, CRIEPI, Radiation Effects, Inspection, Measurement, Data Gaps, Tests, PINSTECH, Embrittlement

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