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In order to establish storage fire accident criteria for ILWs and develop test methods, it is pertinent to provide data on the behaviour of typical waste packages in severe fire accidents. This programme seeks to provide such information using full-scale non-radioactive simulated packaged wasteforms. The initial objective is to identify the test conditions for packages for fires in which drums of waste are directly exposed to a hydrocarbon pool fire, and also for those in which packages are in their transport overpacks, thus causing significantly lower heat fluxes. These conditions provide the experimental parameters for the execution of thermal tests to measure the performance of full-scale packages. This testwork can be split into two distinct categories: a) furnace test, representing a transport fire, in which drums are placed within an overpack that performs the function of a thermal barrier protecting the drums during a fire, and b) pool fire test, which simulates the fire conditions to which bare drums could be subjected in storage.

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Authors: WELLS D A, AEE Technology Centre Winfrith, Department of Chemistry, Dorchester (GB);KENNY V M, AEE Technology Centre Winfrith, Department of Chemistry, Dorchester (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 13556 EN (1991) 76 pp., FS, ECU 10
Availability: (2)
ISBN: ISBN 92-826-2788-8
Record Number: 199111043 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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