PART I: DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS
Scope. The Design Considerations Handbook includes information and suggestions for the
design of systems typical to nuclear facilities, information specific to various types of special
facilities, and information useful to various design disciplines.
The handbook is presented in two parts.
Part I, which addresses design considerations, includes two sections. The first addresses the
design of systems typically used in nuclear facilities to control radiation or radioactive
protection and effluent monitoring systems.
The second section of Part I addresses the design of special facilities (i.e., specific types of
nonreactor nuclear facilities). The specific design considerations provided in this section were
developed from review of DOE 6430.1A and are supplemented with specific suggestions and
considerations from designers with experience designing and operating such facilities.
Part II of the Design Considerations Handbook describes good practices and design principles
that should be considered in specific design disciplines, such as mechanical systems and
electrical systems. These good practices are based on specific experiences in the design of
nuclear facilities by design engineers with related experience. This part of the Design
Considerations Handbook contains five sections, each of which applies to a particular
Purpose. The purpose of this handbook is to collect and retain the nonmandatory Department
of Energy (DOE) good practices from DOE 6430.1A, GENERAL DESIGN CRITERIA, and to
supplement those practices with additional lessons learned.
Applicability. This handbook is a reference document that may be consulted during design of
nonreactor nuclear facilities. Its provisions are not to be invoked as requirements. Because