Nuclear Waste Transportation Project

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This presentation introduces the background and guidelines for the Nuclear Waste Transportation Project, completed at the end of our Nuclear Chemistry Unit

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Transporting Radioactive Waste:

Transporting Radioactive Waste A Collaborative Engineering Project:

Problem: How do we safely transport nuclear waste?:

Problem: How do we safely transport nuclear waste? Containers must be able to stay sealed for thousands of years Containers must be able to withstand multiple forms of abuse, including falls, punctures, fires, and submersion in water By land – Truck or train By water – Freighters

Task: Design a container that will protect your “radioactive waste” while it is being transported:

Task: Design a container that will protect your “radioactive waste” while it is being transported Your “radioactive waste”… …is an egg.

Guidelines:

Guidelines All materials must fit inside a 2-L soda bottle sized container Maximum dimensions are to be 5”x5”x24” Cannot be heavier than 1 lb (454 g) when fully loaded In order to be eligible for competition (and grading), your container must meet the above guidelines, and also provide for the ability to open and examine the payload after each test.

The Tests:

The Tests Drop Test ~15 foot vertical drop Side Impact Test Swinging 1 lb (454 g) weight striking the side of the container Puncture Test 3 foot vertical drop onto a metal post

Scoring/Grading:

Scoring/Grading Final score determined by how well your container performed. Tie-breaker is the mass of the container. If no container survives all 3 tests, then winning container receives +5% Grade: If your container: 100% Passed all 3 tests and is the lightest 95% Passed all 3 tests 85% Passed 2 tests 75% Passed 1 test 65% Met requirements for entry, but failed all 3 tests

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