Primary Inventor: Krishna P. Singh
Date: Jan. 14, 2020
Status: Granted
Jurisdiction: US
Assignee: Holtec International, Inc.
Equipment Type: FHD
Docket Number: HOL-008
Patent Number: US 10,535,439 B2
Application Number: 15/702,195

Prior Publication Data: US 2018/0053574 A1, Feb. 22, 2018

Related US Application Data:

  • Continuation of application No. 14/288,045, filed on May 27, 2014, now Patent No.  US 9,761,338 B2, which is a continuation of application No. 13/622,343, filed on Sep. 18, 2012, now Patent No.  US 8,737,559 B2, which is a continuation of application No. 12/641,378, filed on Dec. 18, 2009, now Patent No. US 8,266,823 B2, which is a division of application No. 11/145,785, filed on Jun. 6, 2005, now Patent No. US 7,707,741 B2

European Patent No.EP 1 888 988 B1
Dated:  October 24, 2018

Abstract: A system and method for drying cavities loaded with high level waste (“HLW”) is devised. The invention utilizes a non-intrusive procedure that is based on monitoring the dew point temperature of a non-reactive gas that is circulated through the cavity. In one aspect, the invention is a system for drying a cavity loaded with HLW comprising: a canister forming the cavity, the cavity having an inlet and an outlet; and a source of non-reactive gas. The system further flows the non-reactive gas from the source of non-reactive gas through the cavity; and repetitively measures the dew point temperature of the non-reactive gas exiting the cavity.