Storage System for Nuclear Fuel

Primary Inventor: Richard Springman
Contributing Inventor(s): Krishna P. Singh, Stephen J. Agace
Date:  May 21, 2019
Status: Granted
Jurisdiction: US
Assignee: Holtec International, Inc.
Equipment Type: Compact Fuel Dehydrator
Docket Number: HOL-085
Patent No: US 10,297,356 B2
Application Number:  15/584,692

Prior Publication Data: US 2017/0236605 A1

Related U.S. Application Data:

  • Continuation of application No 14/912,754, filed as application No. PCT/US2015/027455, on Apr. 24, 2019, now Pat. No. US 9,640,289 B2
  • Provisional application No. 61/983,606, filed on April 24, 2014.

Abstract:  A fuel storage system for storing and drying nuclear fuel rods includes a vertically oriented capsule defining an internal cavity. A plurality of fuel rod storage tubes is disposed in the cavity. In one embodiment, each storage tube has a transverse cross section configured and dimensioned to hold no more than one fuel rod. Intact or damaged fuel rods may be stored in the storage tubes. After the fuel rods are loaded into the capsule, a lid is attached to a previously open top end of the capsule. In one embodiment, the lid may be sealed welded to the capsule for forming a gas tight enclosure. The interior of the capsule and multiple fuel rods contained therein may be dried together simultaneously via flow conduits formed in the lid that can be fluidly connected to a suitable drying process such as a forced gas dehydration system.