Manifold system for the ventilated storage of high level waste and a method of using the same to store high level waste in a below-grade environment, US 9,761,339 B2, 2017 (HI-STORM 100M)

Primary Inventor: Krishna P. Singh
Date of Patent Issuance: September 12, 2017
Status: Granted
Jurisdiction: US
Equipment Type: HI-STORM 100M
Docket Number: HOL-009
Publication Number: US 2014/0366182 A1
Application Number: 14/271,101
Patent Number(s): US 9,761,339 B2

Related US Application Data:

  • Division of application No. 12/709,094, filed on December 19, 2010, published as US 2010/0150297 A1, now Patent No. US 8,718,220 B2
  • Continuation-in-part of Application No. 11/352,601, filed on February 13, 2006, now Patent No. US 7,676,016.
  • Provisional application No. 60/652,363, filed on February 11, 2005.

Abstract: A system and method for storing multiple canisters containing high level waste below grade that afford adequate ventilation of the spent fuel storage cavity. In one aspect, the invention is a ventilated system for storing high level waste emitting heat, the system comprising: an air-intake shell forming an air-intake cavity; a plurality of storage shells, each storage shell forming a storage cavity; a lid positioned atop each of the storage shells; an outlet vent forming a passageway between an ambient environment and a top portion of each of the storage cavities; and a network of pipes forming hermetically sealed passageways between a bottom portion of the air-intake cavity and at least two different openings at a bottom portion of each of the storage cavities such that blockage of a first one of the openings does not prohibit air from flowing from the air-intake cavity into the storage cavity via a second one of the openings.