The proposed geologic repository under development at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, will employ multiple shell metallic containers (waste packages) for the disposal of nuclear waste. The waste packages represent a primary engineered barrier for protection and containment of the radioactive waste, and the design of these containers must consider a variety of structural conditions to insure structural integrity. Some of the more challenging conditions for structural integrity involve severe impact loading due to hypothesized event sequences, such as drops or collisions during transport and placement. Due to interactions between the various components leading to complex structural response during an impact sequence, nonlinear explicit dynamic simulations and highly refined models are employed to qualify the design for these severe impact loads. This paper summarizes the Design by Analysis methodologies employed for qualification of waste package design under impact loading and provides several illustrative examples using these methods. Example evaluations include a collision of a waste package by the Transport and Emplacement Vehicle (TEV) and two scenarios due to seismic events, including WP impact within the TEV and impact by falling rock. The examples are intended to illustrate the stringent Design by Analysis methods employed and also highlight the scope of structural conditions included in the design basis for waste packages to be used for proposed nuclear waste storage at Yucca Mountain.

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