Radioactive Materials Transport and Storage 2012

The Nuclear Institute is pleased to announce that the ninth in its series of Radioactive Materials Transport and Storage conferences will be held at the Royal Geographical Society in London on the 22nd to the 24th of May 2012. 

This conference will provide the opportunity to explore and debate the issues and challenges facing the industry and driving the delivery of vital transport services.

Global and national policies demand an awareness of the importance of delivering safe, reliable, secure and effective systems for the transport and storage of radioactive materials.  These must be applied to the well established transport requirements of the nuclear and isotope industries, and increasingly to the demands of the decommissioning and long-term waste storage programmes.  Safety and effectiveness of operation must be combined with cost efficiency and minimum environmental impact.

Transport and storage of radioactive materials are vital strategic enablers. The nuclear sector, including its supply chain will need to meet the demands of operating in an industry that is strictly regulated both nationally and internationally. Transport must cater for the decommissioning of the existing nuclear infrastructure, the building of new nuclear power plants, and for the needs of the utilities, hospitals and other industries that rely on the supply of radioactive materials to operate.

The nuclear industry has a culture of developing and maintaining high standards of safety in the transport and storage of radioactive materials. This culture will play a vital role in the continued delivery of safe transport and the drive to maintain and improve levels of excellence in safety and operations in a future that will demand security considerations and ever more stringent cost-effectiveness.

This conference will provide a forum for regulators, operators, users, buyers and designers involved in the transport of radioactive materials to debate and carry forward the questions and developments initiated by the industry, its customers and its regulators.  It will provide the opportunity to share knowledge and experience to increase corporate and personal awareness of the latest trends and developments thereby contributing to business operations and career development.

The conference will be complemented by an exhibition and a technical visit.  Previous conferences in this series have attracted keen interest, initiated lively discussion, and enabled valuable contacts to be established.  This event is a “must” for all professionals involved in the transport of radioactive materials.

Scope

Radioactive Materials Transport and Storage – delivering the future
Papers and posters on the following topics are sought, as well as contributions on other relevant transport-related subjects. • Regulation and Standards – maintaining the high safety record
Changes/updates
European harmonisation of applications/guides
CoP/guides
Public perception
UN packages limitations
Use of ISO Freight Containers as IP-2
Criticality
Fuel behaviour
Record to date
Legal issues
Liability and insurance

• Design and Technology – moving forward
Innovation; new concepts/materials (from IPs to Type C)
Modification for longer service lives/storage/maintenance
Sealing
Greater use of analysis
Criticality
Performance Testing
Scale model testing
Justification of material performance at extremes of temperature
Interaction of contents/package materials during on site storage

• Operations and stakeholder issues – easing the burden
Minimisation of environmental impact
Radiological protection
Risk assessment
Multimodal transport
X Border shipments/denials
European wide approvals
Security
Through life costs
Training
Classification and movement of ILW/LLW
Inspection/surveillance during storage
Logistics for isotope transport (e.g. demands for short-lived isotopes etc.)
Procurement of shipments
Periodic maintenance and repair in service
End of life disposal of packaging
In transit storage and environmental licensing
Emergency preparedness/accident recovery/business continuity

• Waste Management and Decommissioning – preparing for the future
Waste transport; bulk, large, unconditioned immobilised
Classification/justification of LSA material
Packaging for decommissioned/waste material, interim storage and final disposal
Fissile and fissile exempt
Size and weight limits – abnormal/indivisible loads
Infrastructure development
Disposability Assessments

Download the registration form here.