Primary Inventor: Krishna P. Singh
Contributing Inventor(s): Charles Bullard
Date of Publication: May 25, 2021
Status: Granted
Jurisdiction: US
Assignee: Holtec International, Inc.
Equipment Type: Fuel Rack
Docket Number: HOL-071
Application Number: 15/973,966
Publication Number: US 11,017,908 B2

Prior Publication Data: US2018.0277269 A1, Sep. 27, 2018

Related U.S. Application Data:

  • Continuation of application No. 14/424,149, filed as application No. PCT/US2013/057115 on Aug. 28, 2013, now Patent No. US 9,991,010 B2
  • Provisional application No. 61/694,058, filed on August 28, 2012.

Abstract: A system for storing nuclear fuel, the system including a storage rack and a bearing pad. The storage rack includes an array of cells, each cell configured to receive and store nuclear fuel rods, a base plate configured to support the array of cells, and a support structure configured to support the base plate and to allow cooling fluid to circulate under and up through apertures in the base plate. The bearing pad is coupled to the support structure and is configured to limit lateral movement of the storage rack independent from lateral movement of the bearing pad. The base plate defines a base plate profile in a horizontal plane of the base plate, and the bearing pad defines a bearing pad profile in the horizontal plane of the base plate, wherein the bearing pad profile extends outside of the base plate profile.