The scope of the present study is to evaluate the structural response and performance in a free drop test condition of a new Italian packaging system that should be used for the transportation of low and intermediate level radioactive wastes. For this purpose the carried out numerical analyses are presented and discussed. The numerical analyses, performed by the finite element MARC® code, simulate the behaviour of the packaging system components: the overpack, gasket, cover lid, bolts and a concrete matrix representative of the radioactive content. The obtained results for 1.2 m horizontal drop, on a flat and unyielding surface, were critically analysed and also compared to the experimental ones obtained from the experimental test campaign performed at the Unipi test facility on the new Italian packaging system considered. The stress and acceleration values indicate that the package, although rather local deformations in correspondence of bolts and secondary lid, is capable to withstand the dynamic loading generated during the drop test without any unacceptable loss of the safety features.

Horizontal drop test evaluation of a packaging system

SANFIORENZO, ANTONIO;LO FRANO, ROSA;FORASASSI, GIUSEPPE
2014

Abstract

The scope of the present study is to evaluate the structural response and performance in a free drop test condition of a new Italian packaging system that should be used for the transportation of low and intermediate level radioactive wastes. For this purpose the carried out numerical analyses are presented and discussed. The numerical analyses, performed by the finite element MARC® code, simulate the behaviour of the packaging system components: the overpack, gasket, cover lid, bolts and a concrete matrix representative of the radioactive content. The obtained results for 1.2 m horizontal drop, on a flat and unyielding surface, were critically analysed and also compared to the experimental ones obtained from the experimental test campaign performed at the Unipi test facility on the new Italian packaging system considered. The stress and acceleration values indicate that the package, although rather local deformations in correspondence of bolts and secondary lid, is capable to withstand the dynamic loading generated during the drop test without any unacceptable loss of the safety features.
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