Date of Award


Degree Type

Capstone Project

First Advisor

Bahram Nassersharif


The fuel handling device project is a solution to help the operators at Rhode Island Nuclear Science Center and Los Alamos National Laboratories ease the transportation and inspection of spent fuel rods. The objective is to have a device or pole that can remove spent fuel assemblies which sit in a 35 foot deep reactor. Which latches onto a small crossbar on top of the fuel assembly which transports it to another side of the reactor. In order to make sure it’s transported safely, there can’t be any errors where the fuel assembly would fall over. A device was created to meet the criteria that was laid out by the workers at RINSC and provide an optimal device for the workers to use. After 120 conceptual ideas and many hours of discussing these options, a final design has been chosen for the device. This includes specific dimensions and materials acceptable for use while also deciding to have an interchangeable end for multi use. Parts have been designed and printed to visualize the optimal end for the fuel handling before purchasing and manufacturing the final product.


Sponsor: Los Alamos National Laboratory, Rhode Island Nuclear Science Center