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Studies of Minimising Transport of Spent Fuel

Objective

The aim of the work is to establish a methodology and software tools for examining the implications for cost, environmental impact and safety of minimising the transport of spent fuel using multi-attribute utility analysis and linear programming techniques.

The objectives are therefore:

- to define two realistic, illustrative "base case" scenarios for the management of spent fuel and a framework for analyzing their cost, transport requirements and environmental impact using an enhanced version of the DISPOSALS model
- to define the data needed for analyses, and collect data for illustrative cases
- to enhance, test and document the DISPOSALS model
- to carry out illustrative analyses and report on the results.
The aim of the work is to establish a methodology and software tools for examining the implications for cost, environmental impact and safety of minimising the transport of spent fuel using multiattribute utility analysis and linear programming technique.
The objectives are therefore:
to define 2 realistic, illustrative scenarios for the management of spent fuel and a framework for analyzing their cost, transport requirements and environmental impact using an enhanced version of the DISPOSALS model;
to define the data needed for analyses, and collect data for illustrative cases;
to enhance, test and document the DISPOSALS model;
to carry out illustrative analyses and report on the results.

Activity is currently centred on the preparation of an overview of the current situation with some aspects of setting up a data management system being concurrently addressed. A discussion paper on the outline requirements for a radioactive waste transport minimisation model has been prepared, which considers the basic framework that will be required for the study in terms of the multiattribute analysis and linear programming approach to be adopted. It also provides an outline of the main features of the model which will be developed including the overall setup of the model, options for the basic scenarios to be compared, and which decision variables (such as choice of route or reactor burnup) may be amendable to adjustment within the model to minimize impacts. Consideration is also given to data types and requirements.
Work programme:

Formulation of the Problem
The costs and environmental impacts which need to be taken into account will be identified and a high level design document setting out the structure of the analytic model will be prepared.

Data requirements
A report describing the model's data requirements will be produced.

Data Collection
The best available data meeting the requirements identified in the previous point will be collected and a summary report produced.

Model Development
Building upon the previous DISPOSALS work, a revised model will be developed to enable the illustrative analysis to be carried out.

Illustrative Analysis
Using the revised model an illustrative study will be carried out based on the scenarios developed under Task 1.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

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