A Reference Container Concept for Spent Fuel Disposal : Structural safety for dimensioning of the reference container

  • Published : 2004.03.30

Abstract

This paper presents the mechanical and thermal stress analysis of a disposal canister to provide basic information for dimensioning the canister and configuration of the canister components. The structural stress analysis is carried out using a finite element analysis code, NISA, and focused on the structural strength of the canister against the expected external pressures due to the swelling of the bentonite buffer and the hydrostatic head, and the thermal load build up in the container.

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