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Recent Radioactive Material Package Testing Experiences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

by Oscar A Martinez, Abiodun I Adeniyi, Paul S Nogradi Jr
Publication Type
Conference Paper
Book Title
Proceedings of the 20th International Symposium on the Packaging and Transportation of Radioactive Materials
Publication Date
Page Numbers
1 to 13
Conference Name
The International Symposium on the Packaging and Transportation of Radioactive Materials (PATRAM)
Conference Location
Juan-les-pins, antibes, french riviera, France
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Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) was a pioneer in the testing of radioactive material shipping packages and has been performing such tests for over 50 years. Currently, except for Type B thermal tests, testing is performed at the purpose-built Packaging Research Facility that is located at the National Transportation Research Center - a U.S. Department of Energy User Facility. Packages used for the transportation of Type B quantities of radioactive materials must be capable of meeting normal conditions of transportation (NCT) requirements and hypothetical accident conditions (HAC) requirements as defined in Title 10 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 71. Evaluation of package designs to these criteria typically involves a combination of analysis and physical testing. Required physical tests include free drop, crush, puncture, penetration, compression, vibration, water spray, water immersion, and thermal. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Packaging Evaluation Facility (PEF) at the National Transportation Research Center (NTRC) provides an inclusive testing capability for a wide variety of packages needed for shipment of radioactive materials. Since PATRAM 2019, ORNL has performed several sets of tests including testing of two designs of the Defense Program Package (DPP-3 and DPP-1) and several Special Form Capsules. This paper provides an overview of the testing performed as well as a summary of advancements made to the ORNL package testing program during that time.