Radioactive waste disposal, Reactor fuel reprocessing, Spent reactor fuels
Spent nuclear fuel is received at a storage facility in heavily shielded casks transported by either rail or by truck. Once at the storage facility, the casks are inspected, emptied, decontaminated, and reshipped. Allied-General Nuclear Services' (AGNS) nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Barnwell, South Carolina, is constructed but not yet licensed for spent nuclear fuel storage or reprocessing. Recently, however, AGNS was granted funds by the Department of Energy to prepare the necessary procedural and regulatory paperwork in order that the Fuel Receiving and Storage Station (FRSS) of the plant can be licensed by 1985. In this paper, the activities involved in the receiving an unloading of casks at the Barnwell FRSS is simulated by computer using IBM's program software package, General Purpose Simulation System (GPSS). The GPSS model is developed and verified, and steady-state output statistics are achieved. Also, several sensitivity analyses are performed such as, changes in expected arrival schedules and decision policies, and changes tot he physical characteristics of the existing FRSS to monitor the effect of these changes in the existing system.
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Linton, Darrell G.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Engineering
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Barnard, Jeanna L., "A Computer Simulation of the Operations of a Spent Nuclear Fuel Receiving and Storage Stations" (1980). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 463.