Below Grade Cask Transfer Facility

Primary Inventor: Krishna P. Singh
Contributing Inventor(s): Stephen J. Agace
Date of Patent Issuance: November 21, 2006
Status: Granted
Jurisdiction: US
Equipment Type: CTF
Docket Number: HOL-031
Publication Number: US 2005/0008462 A1
Application Number: 10/915,066
Patent Number(s): US 7,139,358 B2

Related U.S. Publication Data: Division of application No. 10/068,093, filed on February 5, 2002, now Patent No. US 6,793,450 B2.

Abstract: A system and method for transferring a canister of spent nuclear fuel from a transfer cask to a receiving cask. In one aspect, the system comprises a below grade opening adapted for receiving a cask; a platform positioned within the opening, the platform capable of vertical movement; and at least two jacks for vertically moving the platform; wherein the platform is capable of lowering the cask within the opening. In another aspect, the invention is a method of transferring a canister of spent nuclear fuel to a cask comprising the steps of: lowering a receiving cask having a height into a below grade opening so that a portion of the receiving cask’s height is below grade level; and transferring the canister to the receiving cask.