A fuel transfer system is used for transporting spent fuel from a first room to a second room. The system includes a carriage configured for travel between the first room and the second room, and a boom assembly that extends and retracts between the first room and the second room, wherein the boom assembly facilitates …

Legal parties

Inventors (applicants): Steven K. Waisanen
Assignees (initial): MHE Technologies, Inc. (Wilmington, US)
Agents: Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur, LLP (attorney)

The application was examined by Bernarr Gregory (USPTO dept. 3646)


  • 1. A fuel transfer system for transporting spent fuel from a first room to a second …
  • 2. The system of claim 1 wherein the carriage includes a container, the container pivotably …
  • 3. The system of claim 2 wherein the container includes a cover, the cover pivotable …

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Brief Description of the Drawings

FIG. 1A illustrates a fuel transfer system according to one embodiment of the invention, the fuel transfer system at a home position within a holding area (i.e., a reactor building) …



The present invention relates to a pressurized water reactor, and in particular to a fuel transfer system for use in the reactor. Fuel transfer systems currently used in pressurized water …

Cross-Reference to Related Applications

This application claims priority from U.S. Provisional Application No. 60/802,584, entitled “Fuel Transfer System,” filed May 23, 2006 by Steven K. …

Detailed Description

Referring to FIGS. 1A-1B and 2-4, a fuel transfer system 10 is used for transferring fuel bundles between a reactor building 14 (i.e., a holding room) of a pressurized water …

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Miscellaneous patent data

The invention is named Fuel Transfer System, invented by Steven K. Waisanen, the application publication date is Nov. 21, 2006, the examination was conducted by Bernarr Gregory (3646 USPTO department), the inventor's name is Waisanen Steven K., the inventor's address - Big Bend, WI, the invention description is illustrated by 13 drawings, the application number is 12/301,882 (U.S.), similar patents are classified under Plasma formed or contained between spaced electrodes, Reactor Protection or Damage Prevention, Heating by time varying magnetic field, Promoting flow of the coolant, Having specified fluid flow path or pattern within reactor core, Position detection, Vessels characterised by the material, Selection of materials for pressure vessels, Inspection or maintenance of pipe-lines or tubes in nuclear installations, Non-aqueous processes, Clusters of control rods, Spider construction, the grant number is 08526565 (publication number), categorized under Fuel component as a primary classification, the assignee location is Wilmington (US); its organization is MHE Technologies, Inc., the applicant's last name is Waisanen, and his first name is Steven K., the applicant's city - Big Bend, state - WI, the exemplary patent drawings are fuel transfer system according to one embodiment, Fuel Transfer System, Side view of the fuel, Side view of the fuel, the grant publication date is Sep. 3, 2013, the assignee classification - a United States company, explained by 17 figures, the agent - Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur, LLP, the protection scope is defined by 24 claims, the patent particularly claims a fuel transfer system for transporting spent fuel from a first room to a second…, the patent grant was extended by 728 days, the claim 13 is exemplary as chosen by the examiner.

Invention classification information

The invention is classified under Fuel component, Apparatus or processes specially adapted to the manufacture of reactors or parts thereof, Manufacture of fuel elements or breeder elements contained in non-active casings, Handling of Fission Reactor Component Structure Within Reactor System, Charging or Discharging Means Adapted for Use in a Radioactive Environment. The designated search classifications include Load-Transporting Type Vehicle and External Means Cooperating in the Loading or Unloading Thereof, Conveying Apparatus Entirely Supported by Mobile Ground Engaging Means, Receptacle contains liquid in which charge is submergibly sealed, Built-up sections, Wheeled, Load-Transporting Type Vehicles Forming a Train, and Loading or Unloading Means Therefor, Located at Least in Part Thereon, Charging or Discharging Means Adapted for Use in a Radioactive Environment, Track Layers, Static Receptacle and Means for Charging or Discharging, or Facilitating the Charging or Discharging Of, the Receptacle, Ground wheel lockable in transverse or longitudinal position on vehicle.

Patent details
Publication number 08526565
Publication date Sep. 3, 2013
Kind code B2
Application number 12/301,882
Application date Nov. 21, 2006
Application type U
Application series code 12
Int. pub. country WO
Int. pub. number WO2007/139590
Int. publication Dec. 6, 2007
Int. filing country WO
Int. filing PCT/US2006/061130
Filed internationally Nov. 21, 2006
National stage date Jul. 6, 2010
Extension term 728
National classification 376/261
Total number of claims 24
Exemplary claims 13
Number of drawings 13
Number of figures 17
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