Equipos Nucleares SA, SME (Ensa), together Enresa, Enusa, the North American laboratories; Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and several organizations of South Korea (KORAD, KAERI, KEPCO and KINS), have been nominated for the “Secretary’s Honor Awards – Achievement Award” granted by the Department of Energy of the United States (DOE) for its project to test the behavior of spent fuel during transportation through different means (road, maritime and rail), carried out with Ensa´s design; the ENUN 32P cask.
To answer the question of whether it is possible a safely transport of spent nuclear fuel in the United States, SNL led this international team for 8 months and more than 9,000 miles to quantify the accelerations and vibrations experienced by fuel rods under normal transportation by rail, ship and road.
The analysis of the collected data revealed that the accelerations experienced by the fuel when it is transported in the ENUN 32P cask and the deformations suffered by the rods are well below the failure limits, ensuring that it maintains its integrity during normal transport conditions.
The “Secretary’s Honor Awards – Achievement Award” recognizes the extraordinary service and contributions of DOE employees for the benefit of the American nation and represents the highest internal non-monetary recognition they can receive.
50 American media broadcast these tests
More than fifty American digital media broadcast the tests carried out by Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) to study the behavior during transportation of fuel elements in the dual purpose – storage and transport – ENUN 32P cask , designed and manufactured by Equipos Nucleares SA, SME (Ensa).
Albuquerque Journal, Washington Times, The State, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, Miami Herald, Occupational Health and Safety Online, Environmental Protection Online, Engineering.com are just a small sample of the online journals that echo that trials made by subjecting the container to different transport – road, maritime along the coast and the Atlantic Ocean and rail – validate that spent fuel maintains safety during normal transport conditions.