Quality Assurance for Radioactive Material Packaging
Argonne National Laboratory
March 20-24, 2017
Quality Assurance for Radioactive Material Packaging Training Course focusing on QA for the design, procurement, fabrication, examination, and testing of radioactive material packaging and storage cask.
Packaging Certification Program (PCP) — Nuclear engineer Yung Liu, with Argonne National Laboratory examines data on his laptop from ARG-US, the radio frequency identification device developed at the laboratory. The course also provides hands-on training in the use of ARG-US. | Learn about PCP | Get photo
ARG-US Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology Schematic of ARG-US, the patented RFID system that Argonne developed for DOE PCP. | Learn about ARG-US
Visit the registration page to register by March 3, 2017. Early registrants will receive a discounted rate for registering before February 24, 2017. Tuition is $1,600. Class size is limited to 24 participants.
Course Context and Objectives
The objective of this one-week course is to help participants gain a working knowledge of the quality assurance (QA) principles and methods for satisfying those regulatory safety requirements for packagings and casks used in the transportation and storage of radioactive material, including spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste. Course highlights include 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 Regulatory Guides, NUREG reports, and Standard Review Plans
- ASME NQA-1 requirements on organization, quality assurance program, design control, inspection, test control, corrective action, and others
- Test requirements: ASME Code & 10 CFR 71/72 and Best Practices in Type B Packaging Testing
- ANSI N14.5 Leakage Rate Testing
- Commercial-grade dedication
and software QA
- Graded approach to establish
QA requirements for components
important to safety (small-group
- Lessons-learned from QA audits
and inspections at facilities using
packagings and casks
- DOE Quality Assurance Approval
Program (QAAP) for transportation
- DOE PCP packaging certification process and lessons learned
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 www.unr.edu/degrees/nuclearpackaging/certificate.
Faculty will include subject matter experts from U.S. National Laboratories, DOE and other agencies, academia, and industry.
Who Should Attend
The course has been designed for DOE and its contractors and other agency and industry personnel who are responsible for designing, fabricating, or evaluating radioactive material transportation packagings and spent fuel dry storage casks, as well as for preparing or reviewing the associated safety analysis reports. Utility and other facility personnel may benefit from classes on QA for packaging operations and maintenance; commercial-grade dedication of components; and lessons-learned from QA audits, inspections, and QA program approvals. The number of participants is limited to 24.
Each attendee is responsible for making their own reservations and payments.
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
Another lodging option available off-campus and in close proximity to Argonne is Aloft Boilingbrook.
500 Janes Avenue
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Phone: (800) GO-ALOFT or (630) 410-6367
Last Modified: Wed, January 25, 2017 5:35 PM