|Spent fuel assembly containers project|
The prospect of storage and disposal facilities for spent fuel has prompted CEA to design models of very large containers that can accommodate several fuel assemblies. The assemblies themselves, which are long and fragile, are placed in canisters which are in turn placed in a welded stainless steel container. This acts as a second barrier. The inside of the canister and the container are filled with a dry, inert gas, minimising the risk of internal corrosion in the long term.