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e-CFR Data is current as of April 16, 2014

Title 49: Transportation
PART 178—SPECIFICATIONS FOR PACKAGINGS
Subpart K—Specifications for Packagings for Class 7 (Radioactive) Materials


§178.356-1   General requirements.

(a) Each overpack must meet all of the applicable requirements of §173.24 of this subchapter.

(b) The maximum gross weight of the package, including the inner cylinder and its contents, must not exceed the following:

(1) Specification 20PF-1—138 kg (300 pounds).

(2) Specification 20PF-2—320 kg (700 pounds).

(3) Specification 20PF-3—455 kg (1000 pounds).

(c) The general configuration of the overpack must be a right cylinder, consisting of an insulated base section, a steel liner lid, and an insulated top section. The inner liner and outer shell must be at least 16-gauge and 18-gauge steel, respectively, with the intervening cavity filled with a molded-in-place, fire-resistant, phenolic-foam insulation interspersed with wooden members for bracing and support Wood pieces must be securely attached to both the liner and shell. No hole is permitted in the liner. Each joint between sections must be stepped a minimum of 5 cm (2 inches) and gaps between mating surfaces must not exceed 5 mm (0.2 inch). Gaps between foam surface of top section and liner lid must not exceed 1 cm (0.4 inch) or 5 cm (2 inches) where taper is required for mold stripping. For the specification 20PF-1, the top section may consist of a plug of foam insulation and a steel cover. The liner and shell closures must each be gasketed against moisture penetration. The liner must have a bolted flange closure. Shell closure must conform to paragraph (d) of this section.

(d) Drums over 5 gallons capacity must be closed by means of 12-gauge bolted ring with drop forged lugs, one of which is threaded, and having 38 inch bolt and nut for drums not over 30 gallons capacity and 58 inch bolt and nut for drums over 30 gallons capacity. Five gallon drums must be of lug type closure with cover having at least 16 lugs.

(e) Drawings in DOE CAPE-1662, Rev. 1 and Supplement 1 (IBR, see §171.7 of this subchapter), which include bills of material, are a part of this specification.

[Amdt. 178-35, 39 FR 45247, Dec. 31, 1974. Redesignated by Amdt. 178-97, 55 FR 52716, Dec. 21, 1990; 65 FR 58632, Sept. 29, 2000; 66 FR 45386, 45389, Aug. 28, 2001; 68 FR 75757, Dec. 31, 2003]



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