National Research Council of Canada. Automotive and Surface Transportation
35th Annual CNS Conference and 39th CNS/CNS Student Conference: Nuclear Innovation Through Collaboration, May 31 - June 3, 2015, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
Recently, the Nuclear Waste Management Organization has been developing copper coatings as a method of protecting steel used fuel containers (UFCs) from corrosion within a deep geological repository. The corrosion barrier design is based on the application of a copper coating bonded directly to the exterior surface of the UFC structural core. Copper coating technologies amendable to supply of pre-coated UFC vessel components and application to the weld zone following UFC closure within the radiological environment have been investigated. Copper cold spray has been assessed for both operations; this paper outlines the research and development to date of this technique.