Two and three dimensional thermal models of a Nuclear Assurance Corporation Legal Weight Truck (NAC-LWT) cask were constructed using the PATRAN commercial finite element package. The two-dimensional model included the effect of radial stiffeners in the package’s external neutron shield but three-dimensional model did not. A normal conditions of transport (NCT) simulation using both models predicted the peak cladding temperature was roughly 210°C. The NCT package temperatures were used as initial conditions for transient fire/post-fire simulations. Different assumptions were used to determine when the neutron shield liquid drained from the tank and was replaced by air. When the liquid was assumed to remain within the tank during and after the fire, the peak cladding temperature was predicted to exhibit a temporal maximum of roughly 300°C, approximately 6 hours after the end of the fire. If the liquid drained from the tank during the fire, the cladding temperature did not exhibit a temporal peak. Rather, it eventually reached a maximum temperature of roughly 280°C, which is the steady state NCT peak temperature when air is in the neutron shield tank. This undergraduate project will be used to lay down a foundation for further research on NAC-LWT casks. Two and three dimension package of the cask will be constructed using ANSYS, and simulations will be run for NCT and fire/post-fire conditions. The models will also be linked to Container Analysis Fire Environment (CAFE) to predict response of the package in fire.
Thermal Analysis of a NAC-LWT Cask Under Normal and Fire Accident Conditions
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Mittal, K, & Greiner, M. "Thermal Analysis of a NAC-LWT Cask Under Normal and Fire Accident Conditions." Proceedings of the ASME 2012 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference. Volume 7: Operations, Applications and Components. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. July 15–19, 2012. pp. 305-312. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/PVP2012-78882
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