Thursday, April 13, 2006

Videos of the Day: Crash Testing at Sandia National Labs

Containers used to transport used nuclear fuel have been extensively tested to survive crashes with trucks and trains at Sandia National Laboratories. In all of the following tests conducted by Sandia, used nuclear fuel transportation containers retained their integrity and would have kept their radioactive cargo locked safely inside.

This video shows a container loaded onto a truck and crashed at 80 miles per hour into a 700-ton concrete wall backed with 1,700 tons of dirt.



In this video, a container loaded onto a locomotive crashes at 80 miles per hour into a 700-ton concrete wall backed with 1,700 tons of dirt. Next, a container on a flatbed tractor-trailer is broadsided by a 120-ton locomotive traveling at 80 miles per hour.



For more information on the safe transport of used nuclear fuel, click here.

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1 comment:

distantbody said...

WOW...those canisters are impenetrable! And I just thought they where a few inches of steel :) .