Primary Inventor: Krishna P. Singh
Date of Publication: Jun. 23, 2020
Status: Granted
Jurisdiction: US
Assignee: Holtec International, Inc.
Equipment Type: Damaged Fuel Canister
Docket NumberHOL-053
Patent Number: US 10,692,617 B2
Application Number: 15/689,571

Prior Publication Data: US 2018/0025800 A1, Jan. 25, 2018

Related U.S. Application Data:

  • Continuation of application No. 14/239,752, filed as application No. PCT/US2012/051634 on Aug. 20, 2012, now Pat. No.  US 9,748,009 B2
  • Provisional application No. 61/525,583, filed on August 19, 2011.

International Publication NumberWO 2013/055445 A2

Abstract: A container and system for handling damaged nuclear fuel, and a method of making the same. In one embodiment, the invention is a damaged fuel container having a specially designed top cap that can be detachably coupled to the elongated tubular wall by simply translating the top cap into proper position within, the elongated tubular wall, wherein biased locking elements automatically lock the top cap to the elongated tubular wall. In another embodiment, the vent screens of the damaged fuel container are integrally formed rather than being separate components. In still other embodiments, the lower vent screens arc arranged on an upstanding portion of the damaged fuel container. In an even further embodiment, the elongated tubular wall is formed by an extrusion process.