Container and System for Handling Damaged Nuclear Fuel, and Method of Making the Same

Primary Inventor: Krishna P. Singh
Date of Publication: August 29, 2017
Status: Granted
Jurisdiction: US, International
Equipment Type: Damaged Fuel Canister
Docket NumberHOL-053
Publication NumberUS 2014/0219408 A1WO 2013/055445 A2
Application Number: 14/239,752
Patent Number(s): US 9,748,009 B2

Related U.S. Application Data: Provisional application No. 61/525,583, filed on August 19, 2011.

Abstract: A container and system for handling damaged nuclear fuel, and a method of making the same. In one embodiment, the invention is a damaged fuel container having a specially designed top cap that can be detachably coupled to the elongated tubular wall by simply translating the top cap into proper position within, the elongated tubular wall, wherein biased locking elements automatically lock the top cap to the elongated tubular wall. In another embodiment, the vent screens of the damaged fuel container are integrally formed rather than being separate components. In still other embodiments, the lower vent screens arc arranged on an upstanding portion of the damaged fuel container. In an even further embodiment, the elongated tubular wall is formed by an extrusion process.