Autonomous Cask Translocation Crane, US 6,957,942 B2, 2005 (Crane)

Primary Inventor: Stephen J. Agace
Date of Patent Issuance: October 25, 2005
Status: Granted
Jurisdiction: US
Equipment Type: Crane
Docket Number: HOL-023
Publication Number: US 2004/0175259 A1
Application Number: 10/379,636
Patent Number(s)US 6,957,942 B2

Abstract: An apparatus and method for transferring spent nuclear fuel within a nuclear power plant. In one aspect, the invention is an apparatus for transferring a cask from a first position to a second position comprising: a first beam having a first proximal end and a first distal end, said first proximal end adapted for pivotal connection to a base; a second beam having a second proximal end and a second distal end, said second proximal end adapted for pivotal connection to said base; a member connecting said first distal end and said second distal end, said member comprising a lifting device adapted to raise and lower said cask; wherein said member, said first pivot beam, and said second pivot beam form a unitary structure; and means to rotate said unitary structure about an axis. In another aspect, the invention is a method of using the apparatus to transfer a cask.