Apparatus, System and Method for Facilitating Transfer of High Level Waste to and/or From a Spent Fuel Pool, US 8,277,746 B2, 2016 (Wet Transfer)

Primary Inventor: Krishna P. Singh
Contributing Inventor(s): Stephen J. Agace
Date of Patent Issuance: 2016
Status: Granted
Jurisdiction: US
Equipment Type: Wet Transfer
Docket Number: HOL-029
Publication Number: US 2012/0226088 A1
Application Number: 12/891,125
Patent Number(s)US 8,277,746 B2

Related U.S. Application Data:

  • Division of application No. 11/775,843, filed on July 10, 2007, now Patent No. US 7,820,870 B2
  • Provisional application No. 60/819,568, filed on July 10, 2006

Abstract: A method, apparatus and system for the transferring a container for receiving high level radioactive waste into and/or out of a pool. The instant invention utilizes a specially designed container in order to make effective use of a stand placed within the pool. In one embodiment, the invention is a system for transferring high level radioactive waste comprising: a container for receiving high level radioactive waste, the container having a support structure; a stand comprising a cavity for receiving the container and an opening forming a passageway into the cavity; wherein the support structure is sized, shaped and/or arranged so that: (i) when the container is substantially vertically oriented in a first rotational position, the support structure can not pass through the opening due to contact between the support structure and the stand; and (ii) when the substantially vertically oriented container is rotated an angle about a vertical axis to a second rotational position, the support structure can pass through the opening in an unobstructed manner.