November 21, 2021
Conference Paper

INSERVICE INSPECTION OF EXTENDED DRY STORAGE OF SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL, PART II: NDE/SENSOR TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT AND CODIFICATION

Abstract

This paper describes development and demonstration of nondestructive examination (NDE) technologies to support periodic examinations of interim dry cask storage system (DCSS) canisters for spent nuclear fuel in the USA to verify continued safe operation and that the canister confinement is intact and performing its intended safety function. Specifically, this work relates to NDE technology development for “canister” based DCSS systems which form the majority population of DCSSs, in the USA, for interim storage of spent nuclear fuel. Consideration of potential degradation of the welded stainless-steel canister in these systems is required for continued usage in the period of extended operation (PEO) beyond the initial license or certified term. Physical access to the canister surface is constrained due to narrow annulus spaces between the canister and the overpack, tortuous entry pathways, and high temperatures and radiation doses that can be damaging to materials and electronics related to inspections. Several activities to demonstrate NDE technologies for the inspections of different DCSS systems are summarized.

Published: November 21, 2021

Citation

Meyer R.M., J.B. Renshaw, K. Hunter, M. Orihuela, J. Stadler, K. Mauskar, and U. Wolf, et al. 2021. "INSERVICE INSPECTION OF EXTENDED DRY STORAGE OF SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL, PART II: NDE/SENSOR TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT AND CODIFICATION." In Proceedings of the ASME Pressure Vessels & Piping Conference (PVP 2021), July 13-15, 2021, Virtual, Online, 5, Paper No: PVP2021-62069, V005T09A008. New York, New York:ASME. PNNL-SA-159194. doi:10.1115/PVP2021-62069