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REMOTE MATERIAL HANDLING IN THE YUCCA MOUNTAIN WASTE PACKAGE CLOSURE CELL AND SUPPORT AREA GLOVEBOX

By K.M. Croft, S.M. Allen and M.W. Borland

Abstract

The Yucca Mountain Waste Package Closure System (WPCS) cells provide for shielding of highly radioactive materials contained in unsealed waste packages. The purpose of the cells is to provide safe environments for package handling and sealing operations. Once sealed, the packages are placed in the Yucca Mountain Repository. Closure of a typical waste package involves a number of remote operations. Those involved typically include the placement of matched lids onto the waste package. The lids are then individually sealed to the waste package by welding. Currently, the waste package includes three lids. One lid is placed before movement of the waste package to the closure cell; the final two are placed inside the closure cell, where they are welded to the waste package. These and other important operations require considerable remote material handling within the cell environment. This paper discusses the remote material handling equipment, designs, functions, operations, and maintenance, relative to waste package closure

Topics: Shielding, Radioactive Materials, Wastes, Closures, Welding, Maintenance, Yucca Mountain, 12 Management Of Radioactive Wastes, And Non-Radioactive Wastes From Nuclear Facilities
Publisher: United States. Department of Energy. Yucca Mountain Project Office.
Year: 2005
DOI identifier: 10.2172/884928
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Provided by: UNT Digital Library
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