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ASME Pressure Vessel Code for Nuclear Transport and Storage

Argonne National Laboratory
June 19-23, 2017


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Packaging Certification Program (PCP), Office of Packaging and Transportation (EM-4.24), is sponsoring a training course on ASME Pressure Vessel Code for Nuclear Transport and Storage. The course will be held June 19-23, 2017, at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, IL.


Visit the registration page to register by June 5, 2017. The tuition for the training course is $1,600. Early registrants will receive a discounted rate for registering before May 19, 2017. The participant list is subject to approval by DOE. Class size is limited to 24 participants.

What Does the Course Cover?

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The objective of this 4.5-day course is to help participants gain an understanding of the regulatory basis, current design practice, and engineering rationale for applying the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code to the packaging and transportation of radioactive material and the storage of spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste. Course highlights include lectures on the following:

  • Overview of federal regulations that govern (1) packaging and transportation of radioactive material and (2) dry cask storage systems for spent nuclear fuel
  • DOE Orders and NRC guidance documents, including standard review plans, regulatory guides, and NUREG reports
  • DOE/NRC lessons learned from certifying transportation packages and licensing dry cask storage systems
  • Discussion of the ASME Code, with emphasis on Section III, Division 3, Containments for Transportation and Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel and High Level Radioactive Material and Waste, and discussion of Section III, Division 1; Section VIII, Division 1; and Sections II, IX, and XI
  • Code and non-Code materials, containment loadings, design considerations with emphasis on design-by-analysis rules, design of internal support structures, and buckling analysis
  • Fabrication, welding, examination, quality assurance, test requirements, design qualification by physical testing, and containment/confinement requirements for leakage rates
  • Structural, thermal, containment/confinement; shielding and criticality safety analysis considerations
  • Aging management programs and time-limited aging analyses
  • Inspection and monitoring technologies

Course Activities

Course activities will include lectures and discussions, in-class exercises, homework, facility tours, and a final exam. Participants who successfully complete this course and pass the exam may be eligible for college credit at the University of Nevada, Reno. For more information, see


Faculty will include experts from U.S. National Laboratories; DOE, NRC, and other
agencies; academia; and utilities.

Who Should Attend?

This course has been designed for DOE and its contractors and other agency and industry personnel who are responsible for designing, fabricating, or evaluating Type B and fissile material transportation packages and spent fuel storage casks, as well as for preparing or reviewing the associated safety analysis reports. Utility personnel may benefit from additional lectures on aging management for extended longterm dry storage of spent fuel. The number of participants is limited to 24.

Hotel Information

Each attendee is responsible for making their own reservations and payments.

On-site Lodging

For those attendees who wish to stay on campus, we recommend accommodations provided by the Argonne Guest House.

Argonne Guest House
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 S. Cass Avenue - Building 460
Argonne, IL 60439
Phone: (800) 632-8990 or (630) 739-6000
Fax: (630) 739-1000

Off-site Lodging

Another lodging option available off-campus and in close proximity to Argonne is Aloft Boilingbrook.

Aloft Bolingbrook
500 Janes Avenue
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Phone: (800) GO-ALOFT or (630) 410-6367



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