Type-A packages are one type of neutron shipping container commonly used to transport radioactive material between facilities and end user sites. Frontier designs and fabricates Type-A shipping packages of various sizes, shielding capacities, and configurations for rental or purchase.
All of our Type-A shipping containers are designed and constructed in-house to ensure highest quality. They adhere to international shipping regulations and protect their contents from damage during shipping. Our containers also meet certification requirements such as USDOT Type-A, and are Specification 7A packages.
Standard Type-A Neutron Shipping Containers
Our containers come in these standard sizes:
Up to 50 ug
Perm: 500 lbs
51 cm x 51 cm x 76 cm
22” x 22” x 34”
Custom Type-A Shipping Containers — For Rental
|Up to 700 ug
|Up to 1870 ug
|Up to 5000 ug
|Up to 4000 ug
|Perm: 1920 lbs
|Perm: 4300 lbs
|Perm: 8000 lbs
|Perm: 8000 lbs
|42” x 30” x 38”
|47” x 41” x 43”
|64” x 51” x 53”
|16’ x 50” x 50”
Type-A Container Requirements and Testing
Type-A shipping containers are used for storing and transporting small quantities of radioactive materials, based on their radioactivity, type, and form. They generally consist of a metal outer container lined with shielding material to fully and securely enclose the material.
Federal regulations require that these containers protect their contents from breaches or contamination and maintain sufficient shielding under normal transportation conditions.
At Frontier we use several tests to evaluate our Type-A containers’ integrity:
- Water spray for one hour to simulate rainfall of two inches per hour
- Free-fall drop test onto a hard, flat surface to ensure structural integrity
- Compression of at least five times the weight of the package
- Penetration tests that involve dropping a 13-lb., 1.25”-diameter bar vertically onto the package from 3.3’ in the air
Expert Consulting for Package Design, Sizing and Shielding
Our team will work with you to find the best Type-A radioactive packaging solution for your needs. The suitability of packages for source storage depends on both source size and external radiation levels specified by the customer.
Using Type-A Containers for Depleted Source Disposal
As part of our commitment to the long-term management of radioactive sources, we offer disposal services at no charge to all our customers. Any depleted californium-252 neutron source fabricated in our facility can be returned to us at any time using our Type-A radioactive shipping containers. Customers only pay for shipping.
Contact us to learn more or to request a quote!