Cask transporter

  • US 6,328,524 B1
  • Filed: 07/27/1999
  • Issued: 12/11/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/27/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A cask transporter for transporting nuclear waste casks comprising:

  • a mobile platform having laterally opposed longitudinally extending sides, a closed longitudinal area, and an open area extending between said sides and configured to receive a cask to be transported when said platform moves toward the cask, a lift position being located in said open area and being configured to receive the cask;

    a gantry including a pair of substantially vertical extendable booms extending upwardly from said sides at said lift position, each of said booms including a base that is mounted on said platform such that said bases are immovable relative to one another and to said platform;

    a beam extending substantially horizontally across the upper ends of said extendable booms;

    one or more couplers carried on said beam for connecting said beam to an upper end portion of the cask when the cask is in said lift position so that the cask is raised when said extendable booms are extended to raise said beam;

    a restraint, coupled to said platform and engageable with the cask, for retaining the cask against swinging movement relative to said cask transporter when the cask is being transported by said cask transporter;

    wherein said restraint is damped to permit limited movement of the cask relative to said platform;

    a pair of substantially parallel, spaced treads on which said platform is mounted; and

    which are configured to ride along the ground; and

    a motor which is supported on said platform and which drives said treads to propel said cask transporter.

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