DEVICE TO UPRIGHT FALLEN WASTE CANISTERS AT THE WVDP

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$98,208.00
Award Year:
1985
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
1228
Agency Tracking Number:
1228
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
608 Hill St., Reynoldsville, PA, 15851
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Frank J. Madison Ii
Partner
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
WE HAVE FORMULATED A DESIGN CONCEPT FOR A PASSIVE MECHANICAL GRAPPLING DEVICE TO UPRIGHT FALLEN CANISTERS OF THE TYPE USED AT THE WEST VALLEY DEMONSTRATION PROJECT (WVDP). IN A PROCESS ENVIRONMENT SUCH AS THAT OF WVDP, SYSTEMS COMPONENTS, THEMSELVES, ULTIMATELY BECOME RADIOACTIVE WASTE. AS SUCH, THOSE COMPONENTS MUST PERFORM RELIABLY FOR THE DURATION OF THE PROJECT. REPLACEMENT OF FAULTY COMPONENTS NOT ONLY ADDS DIRECT COMPONENT COSTS BUT ALSO ADDS THE INDIRECT COSTS OF DECONTAMINATION AND DISPOSAL OF THE FAULTY UNIT. MAINTENANCE OF A FAULTY UNIT CAN EXPOSE PERSONNEL TO OTHERWISE UNNECESSARY EXPOSURE TO RADIATION. SIMPLICITY OF DESIGN PROBABLY CONTRIBUTES MORE THAN ANY OTHER ELEMENT OF DESIGN TO RELIABILITY OF A COMPONENT. THE PROPOSED RESEARCH WILL PROVIDE A DESIGN WHICH IS NOT ONLY SIMPLE BUT PASSIVE. THE DEVICE WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM A BRIDGE CRANE AND WILL REQUIRE NO OTHER SOURCE OF POWER THAN THE CRANE ITSELF.

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