July 31, 2019 | By Ellen O'Shea
New Orleans
NAC International (NAC) expects to have a prominent role at the PATRAM, the International Symposium on the Packaging and Transportation of Radioactive Materials, taking place August 4-9 in New Orleans. Held every three years, PATRAM brings together experts from government, industry and research organizations to discuss the latest developments in packaging and transportation of nuclear materials.

PATRAM alternates between a U.S. and non-U.S. location every three years. Its sponsors include the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the U.S. Department of Transportation in partnership with the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM).

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Attendees should take advantage of the delicious food, entertainment and fun that New Orleans has to offer. In addition, conferees can join the hop-on hop-off city tour, swamp air boat and Oak Valley Plantation tour organized through the meeting.

As a leading supplier of nuclear transportation and storage solutions, it is only natural that NAC would be deeply involved in PATRAM. NAC executives participated in several of the organizing committees.

NAC experts will be speaking during the conference as well. Dr. Mike Yaksh, NAC manager, applied mechanics is chairing a structural analysis session on August 4. The same day NAC’s Steve Sisley and Jeff England are speaking on the use of ductile cast iron for packaging outer shield vessels. Later that day, Juan Subiry, vice president, market and product strategy, is slated to chair a session on ductile cast iron applications.

On August 5, John Edwards, NAC director of fabrication, will participate in a panel on supply chain issues facing the nuclear transportation sector. NAC’s David Garrido will chair a session on August 7 on external component development.

Sisley and England will return August 8 to talk about how NAC’s OPTIMUS modular shipping cask can be used for packaging intermediate-level waste. Gary Lanthrum (consultant to NAC) will chair a session that day on the safety of containers and their contents, during which three company representatives will discuss how the NAC LWT transfer casks can effectively transport research reactor fuel. Edward Ketusky of the Savannah River National Laboratory will explore a recent safety analysis on using the LWT casks for shipping CEUSP materials.

England is scheduled to chair two sessions on August 9 – one on package design and one on package licensing. Sisley is slated to chair another package design session that day. The full schedule is available here.

Come check out NAC’s booth #108 conveniently situated right at the PATRAM entrance. See you there!