Optimization of Dry Cask Loadings for Used Nuclear Fuel Management Strategies

In this article, we have developed a formal optimization paradigm to find loading configurations of dry cask storage over the reactor lifetime. We also developed a new methodology for solving the problem based on state-of-the-art metaheuristic algorithms. The new method was demonstrated using the case of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station, and the results from the method were evaluated against an “oldest and coldest” loading strategy.