NP 605 – Thermal Modeling and Testing of RAM Packages

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Packaging Certification Program (PCP) is sponsoring the 6th annual course on Thermal Modeling and Testing of RAM Packages.  This course provides a comprehensive overview on thermal modeling & analysis and testing practices used to evaluate radioactive material (RAM) packages for certification by the DOE or the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  The course provides a technical discussion of the following topics:

   •   regulatory requirements,
   •   instrumentation, design and performance of thermal testing, including open pool fire, radiant heat, and furnace testing
   •   measurements, and uncertainty,
   •   heat transfer modeling,
   •   computational fluids dynamics (fire) modeling,
   •   phenomena identification and ranking technique (PIRT), and
   •   Safety Analysis Report for Packages (SARP) issues.

The Course will be in person delivered over five days. The course is taught by staff actively engaged in package testing and analysis at Sandia National Laboratories. These instructors will also provide tours and videos of the Sandia test facilities, such as the Thermal Test Complex and Lurance Canyon Burn Site, and lead in-depth technical discussions of practices and lessons learned at these test sites and from many years of modeling experience. A final exam will be administered and reviewed at the end of the course. The course is open to US and non‐US Citizens. The number of participants is limited to 20.

Prospective participants should be US DOE employees and contractors, and other agency and industry personnel who are responsible for designing, evaluating, and/or testing Type B and fissile material transportation packages, as well as those who prepare and/or review the associated safety analysis reports. Technical background is desired, but not required. More information on course delivery will be provided in future course notifications.

The course is open to US and non‐US Citizens.

If you are interested in attending this course or have any questions, please contact Victoria Zamora at (505) 205-4104 or   

NP 605 is offered for 1 unit(s) of graduate credit by the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR).  Students who wish to earn UNR credit must enroll using UNR’s normal websites and pay UNR fees before the first day of class.  See for additional information, including the enrollment manual. Note - These UNR fees are in addition to the $2,500 course fee for tuition and materials.

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