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Used Fuel Disposition R&D Documents

September 26, 2014
Results of Stainless Steel Canister Corrosion Studies and Environmental Sample Investigations.

This report documents experimental work evaluating localized corrosion of container and canister materials performed at Sandia National Laboratories. The report also documents the results of analyses of the dust samples collected by the EPRI-led in-service inspections of dry storage canisters at existing ISFSIs (Hope Creek NJ, and Diablo Canyon CA). 

September 26, 2014
Used Fuel Disposal in Crystalline Rocks: Status and FY14 Progress

The objective of the Crystalline Disposal R&D work is to advance our understanding of long-term disposal of used fuel in crystalline rocks and to develop necessary experimental and computational capabilities to evaluate various disposal concepts in such media.  The major accomplishments during the year include: 1)  R&D plan was developed for used fuel disposal in crystalline rocks; 2)  established  a generic reference case for crystalline disposal media; 3) developed and applied THMC models to the analysis of coupled EBS processes in bentonite-backfilled repositories; 4) examined t

September 26, 2014
FY14 Status Report: CIRFT Testing Results on High Burnup UNF

This report provides a status of the performance of a systematic study of used nuclear fuel (UNF, also known as “spent nuclear fuel” [SNF]) integrity under simulated transportation environments using the Cyclic Integrated Reversible-Bending Fatigue Tester (CIRFT) hot-cell testing technology developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in August 2013. Under Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) sponsorship, ORNL completed four benchmark tests, four static tests, and twelve dynamic or cycle tests on H. B. Robinson (HBR) high burn-up (HBU) fuel.

September 26, 2014
Effects of Multiple Drying Cycles on HBU PWR Cladding Alloys

The purpose of this research effort is to determine the effects of canister/cask vacuum drying and storage on radial hydride precipitation in high‐burnup (HBU) pressurized water reactor (PWR) cladding alloys during cooling for a range of peak drying‐storage temperatures, internal gas pressures, and hoop stresses. The HBU PWR cladding alloys have a wide range of hydrogen contents and varying hydride morphology after in‐reactor service.

September 26, 2014
International Collaboration Activities in Different Geologic Disposal Environments

This report describes the current status of international collaboration regarding geologic disposal research in the Used Fuel Disposition (UFD) Campaign.  To date, UFD’s International Disposal R&D Program has established formal collaboration agreements with five international initiatives and several international partners, and has started several specific collaborative R&D activities.  These international activities include testing and modeling studies and address the following key research areas:  Near-Field Perturbation, Engineered Barrier Integrity,  Radionuclide Transport, and

September 25, 2014
Summary Results for Brine Migration Modeling Performed by LANL, LBNL and SNL for the Used Fuel Disposition Program

The report summarizes laboratory and field observations and numerical modeling related to coupled

September 24, 2014
Database for Regional Geology, Phase 1– A Tool for informing Regional Evaluations of Alternative Geologic Media and Decision Making

The report describes implementation and planning of websites that allow visualization or manipulation of data in the UFD GIS Database; e.g., the distribution of crystalline rock, basement depth, and salt and shale formations within the contiguous United States, and visualizations of the relationships between geologic media and selected natural and cultural features pertaining to potential siting guidelines for repository siting.

August 30, 2014
Documentation of Hybrid Hydride Model for Incorporation into Moose-Bison and Validation Strategy

This report documents the development, demonstration and validation of a mesoscale, microstructural evolution model for simulation of zirconium hydride d-ZrH1.5 precipitation in the cladding of used nuclear fuels that may occur during long-term dry storage.  The precipitation and growth of zirconium hydrides during dry storage is one of the most likely fuel rod integrity failure mechanisms either by embrittlement or delayed hydride cracking of the cladding.  The model being documented in this work is a computational capability for the prediction of hydride formation in different claddings

August 29, 2014
Normal Conditions of Transport Truck Test of a Surrogate Fuel Assembly

This report describes a test of an instrumented surrogate PWR fuel assembly on a truck trailer conducted to simulate normal conditions of truck transport.   The purpose of the test was to measure strains and accelerations on a Zircaloy-4 fuel rod during the transport of the assembly on the truck. This test complements tests conducted in FY13 in which the same assembly was placed on a shaker and subjected to vertical vibrations and shocks simulating truck transport.  The strains measured on the instrumented Zircaloy-4 rod over a 40.2 mile route never exceeded 150 μin./in.

August 29, 2014
Evaluation Of Used Fuel Disposition In Clay-Bearing Rock

Radioactive waste disposal in shale/argillite rock formations has been widely considered given its desirable isolation properties, e.g., low permeability, potential geochemically reduced conditions, anomalous groundwater pressures, and widespread geologic occurrence.

August 22, 2014
Waste Form Degradation Model Integration for Engineered Materials Performance

The collaborative approach to the glass and metallic waste form degradation modeling activities includes process model development (including first-principles approaches) and model integration—both internally among developed process models and between developed process models and PA models, and cross campaign integration between activities in the Used Fuel Disposition (UFD) Campaign and the Separations (to be Materials Recovery) and Waste Forms (SWF=>MRWF) Campaign.  Experimental work is conducted within the UNFD area and results are utilized in development efforts.  The primary outputs

August 15, 2014
Investigations of Dual-Purpose Canister Direct Disposal Feasibility (FY14) R1

Results continue to support the earlier conclusion that direct disposal of DPCs is technically feasible, at least for some DPCs, and for some disposal concepts (geologic host media).

April 15, 2014
Evaluation of Options for Permanent Geologic Disposal of Spent NuclearFuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste

[In Support of a Comprehensive National Nuclear Fuel Cycle Strategy, Volumes I and II (Appendices)]
This study provides a technical basis for informing policy decisions regarding strategies for the management and permanent disposal of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) and high-level radioactive waste (HLW) in the United States requiring geologic isolation.

February 27, 2014
High Burnup Dry Storage Cask Research and Development Project: Final Test Plan

This Test Plan for the High Burnup Dry Storage Research Project (HDRP) outlines the data to be collected, the high burnup fuel to be included, and the storage system design, procedures, and licensing necessary for implementation.

January 31, 2014
Modeling Fluid Flow in Natural Systems, Model Validation and Demonstration

Clay and granitic units are potential host media for future repositories for used nuclear fuel. The report addresses the representation and characterization of flow in these two media within numerical process models.  In low permeability crystalline rock, flow is primarily in relatively sparse networks of fractures.

January 30, 2014
Regional Geology: GIS Database for Alternative Host Rocks and Potential Siting Guidelines

The objective of this work is to develop a spatial database that integrates both geologic data for alternative host-rock formations and information that has been historically used for siting guidelines, both in the US and other countries.  The Used Fuel Disposition Campaign (UFDC) is considering three alternative geologic host rocks for mined repositories (granitic / crystalline, salt, and clay / shale) and crystalline basement rock for deep borehole disposal.  This report documents progress in populating a GIS Database with information concerning the distribution of alternative host rock

December 30, 2013
International Collaborations on Engineered Barrier Systems: Experimental and Modeling Investigations

International research collaborations on deep geological disposition of nuclear waste are a key aspect of the nation’s strategy to investigate disposal design concepts in geologic settings considered by other countries.  This report centers on results obtained on THM simulations, reactive transport model development, and engineered barrier system (EBS) material characterization studies.

December 9, 2013
Natural System Evaluation and Tool Development: International Collaborations – FY’13 Progress Report

Active participation in international R&D is crucial for achieving the Used Nuclear Fuel Disposition long-term goals of conducting experiments to fill data needs and confirm advanced modeling approaches and of having a robust modeling and experimental basis for evaluation of multiple disposal system options.

December 4, 2013
Preliminary Report on Dual-Purpose Canister Disposal Alternatives (FY13)

This report documents the first phase of a multi-year project to understand the technical feasibility and logistical implications of direct disposal of spent nuclear fuel in existing dual-purpose canisters (DPCs) and other types of storage casks.

November 27, 2013
Enhancements to Generic Disposal System Modeling Capabilities Rev2

Contributions are described for the development of an enhanced generic disposal system modeling and analysis capability that takes advantage of high-performance computing (HPC) environments to simulate the important multi-physics phenomena and couplings associated with a geologic repository for UNF and HLW.

October 25, 2013
Deep Borehole Disposal Research: Demonstration Site Selection Guidelines, Borehole Seals Design, and RD&D Needs

Deep borehole disposal is one alternative for the disposal of spent nuclear fuel and other radioactive waste forms; identifying a site or areas with favorable geological, hydrogeological, and geochemical conditions is one of the first steps to a demonstration project.

October 17, 2013
Used Fuel Degradation: Experimental and Modeling Report

The report describes the strategy for coupling process level models to produce an integrated Used Fuel Degradation Model (FDM), and addresses fractional degradation rate, instant release fractions, other continuum modeling approaches, and experimental support.

September 30, 2013
Data Report on Corrosion Testing of Stainless Steel SNF Storage Canisters

The report assesses the localized corrosion performance of container/cask materials used in the interim storage of used nuclear fuel.

September 30, 2013
Coupled Model for Heat and Water Transport in a High Level Waste Repository in Salt

This report summarizes efforts to simulate coupled thermal-hydrological-chemical (THC) processes occurring within a generic hypothetical high-level waste (HLW) repository in bedded salt.

September 30, 2013
Embrittlement and DBTT of High-Burnup PWR Fuel Cladding Alloys

Structural analyses of high-burnup (HBU) fuel require cladding mechanical properties and failure limits to assess fuel behavior during long-term dry-cask storage and transportation.