Design of an Extreme Crash Resistant Transport Package

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J. A. Andersen

Transportation Safety Technology Division, Nuclear Fuel Cycle Technology Development Department, Sandia Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM 87185

T. A. Duffey

Albuquerque, NM

J. Mech. Des 101(2), 342-348 (Apr 01, 1979) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3454060 History: Received September 13, 1978; Online October 21, 2010


A crashworthy package was developed for the air transport of plutonium. The package utilizes redwood, with embedded metal shells, for shock mitigation and fire retardation. The innermost structural element is a pressure vessel, with high sealing integrity under hydrostatic, crush, thermal, ballistic, and corrosive attack. The design was optimized for crash resistance, consonant with practical air transport requirements.

Copyright © 1979 by ASME
Topics: Design
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