Apparatus for Supporting Radioactive Fuel Assemblies and Methods for Manufacturing the Same

Primary Inventor: Krishna P. Singh
Contributing Inventor(s): Stephen J. Agace
Date of Patent Issuance: November 5, 2013
Status: Granted
Jurisdiction: US
Equipment Type: Fuel Basket
Docket Number: HOL-017
Publication NumberUS 2009/0175404
Application Number: 12/260,914
Patent Number(s)US 8,576,976 B2

Related U.S. Application Data: Provisional application No. 60/983,566, filed on October 29, 2007, provisional application No. 61/038,525, filed on March 21, 2008.

Abstract: Apparatus for supporting radioactive fuel assemblies, such as spent nuclear fuel. In one aspect, the invention is an apparatus, which can be in the form of a fuel basket, fuel rack, or the like, in which hexagonal storage tubes are used not only for their internal cells but are also strategically patterned to create resultant cells with their outside surfaces. In another aspect, the invention is an apparatus having flux traps surrounding each cell wherein the size of the flux traps decrease with distance from the center of the storage grid.