Industrial Packaging for Critical Contents

Innovative packaging for low-level radioactive material

Challenge: Skolnik received a request from a customer that was working with a United States Department of Energy nuclear agency. The goal was to develop a packaging method that allowed common carriers to transport low-level radioactive waste. This practice was typical until the year 2000, when common carriers were banned from transporting this type of critical contents in conventional packaging, thus halting the disposal of low-level radioactive waste from a specific DOE site. A new packaging method needed to be developed to allow for the disposal process for shipping these low-level radioactive materials.

Solution: Skolnik's team of engineers worked with our customer to develop an innovative double-walled drum that would also utilize impact-resistant foam insulation. Manufacturing tolerances were critical. Our engineering and machinery design departments worked together to develop a new welding process that seamlessly welded the packaging. The ultimate packaging was required to pass the testing requirements of the United States Code of Federal Regulations Section 173.465 for Type A packaging. In this requirement, the filled drum must successfully pass a series of tests, the most severe being a 30-foot drop onto an unyielding surface.

Results: The final package successfully passed CFR testing and has allowed for the continuation of low-level radioactive material transport by common carrier.

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