Drop Test Results for the Combustion Engineering Model No. ABB-2901 Fuel Pellet Shipping Package (NUREG/CR-6818,UCRL-ID-149067)

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Manuscript Completed: July 2002
Date Published: October 2003

Prepared by:
R.S. Hafner, G.C. Mok, L.B. Hagler
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
7000 East Avenue
Livermore, California 94550

R.W. Parkhill, NRC Project Manager

Prepared for:
Spent Fuel Project Office
Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

NRC Job Code A0291

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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) contracted with the Packaging Review Group (PRG) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to conduct a single, 9-m (30-ft) shallow-angle drop test on the Combustion Engineering ABB-2901 drum-type shipping package. The purpose of the test was to determine if bolted-ring drum closures could fail during shallow-angle drops. The single test clearly demonstrated the vulnerability of the bolted-ring drum closure to shallow-angle drops — the test package's drum closure was easily and totally separated from the drum package. This report illustrates test preparation, setup, and test runs, and includes excerpts from the video record showing damage to the component parts. The summary and findings section offers significant findings of this test program. Appendix A is the complete test plan written prior to the test date.

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