Harmonisation of Criticality Assessments Of Packages for the Transport of Fissile Nuclear Fuel Cycle Materials
Author: Farrington, L.
Source: Packaging, Transport, Storage and Security of Radioactive Material, Volume 15, Numbers 3-4, 2004 , pp. 257-264(8)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:The transport of fissile nuclear fuel cycle materials is an international business, and for international shipments the regulations require a package to be certified by each country through or into which the consignment is to be transported. This raises a number of harmonisation issues, which have an important bearing on transport activities. National authorities carry out independent reviews of the criticality safety of packages containing fissile materials but the underlying assumptions used in the calculations can differ, and the outcome is that implementation of the regulations is not uniform. A single design may require multiple criticality analyses to obtain base approval and foreign validations. When several competent authorities are involved, the approval and validation process of package design can often become a time-consuming, expensive and unpredictably lengthy process that can have a significant detrimental effect upon the businesses involved. The characteristics of the fissile nuclear fuel cycle materials transported by the various countries have much in common and so have the designs of the packages to contain them. A greater degree of standardisation should allow criticality safety to be assessed consistently and efficiently with benefits for the nuclear transport industry and the regulatory bodies.
Document Type: Regular Paper
Publication date: 2004-01-01
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