TRANSFORMATION KINETICS OF PLUTONIUM. PART I. A STUDY OF THE BETA TO ALPHA AND ALPHA TO BETA TRANSFORMATIONS

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The transformation kinetics of alpha and beta plutoniunn were determined by using a fluid displacement technique. The rate of formation of the alpha phase from the beta phase was determined after beta heat treating and allowing the sample to transform isothermally in the alpha range. Isothermal reaction curves were obtained from --78 to +90 d C. A time- temperaturetransformation curve showed the maximum rate of transformation to be approximately --20 d C. The beta phase did not transform completely to the alpha when the transformation was allowed to take place isothermally. A relationship between the fraction untransformed beta and the ... continued below

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Nelson, R.D. April 17, 1958.

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The transformation kinetics of alpha and beta plutoniunn were determined by using a fluid displacement technique. The rate of formation of the alpha phase from the beta phase was determined after beta heat treating and allowing the sample to transform isothermally in the alpha range. Isothermal reaction curves were obtained from --78 to +90 d C. A time- temperaturetransformation curve showed the maximum rate of transformation to be approximately --20 d C. The beta phase did not transform completely to the alpha when the transformation was allowed to take place isothermally. A relationship between the fraction untransformed beta and the transformation temperature has been established. Isothermal reaction curves and a time- temperature-transformation curve of the alpha at 200 deg C an - BETA transformation were obtained. Portions of the timetransformation curves of the BETA at 200 deg C an alpha transformation of four purities were plotted. The effects of beta heat treating times and temperatures were studied. Photomicrographs of a specimen having transformed from the beta to the alpha phase at different rates of transformation are presented. (auth)

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  • Other Information: Orig. Receipt Date: 31-DEC-58

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  • Report No.: HW-55778
  • Grant Number: W-31-109-ENG-52
  • DOI: 10.2172/4310924 | External Link
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  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1015878

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Nelson, R.D. TRANSFORMATION KINETICS OF PLUTONIUM. PART I. A STUDY OF THE BETA TO ALPHA AND ALPHA TO BETA TRANSFORMATIONS, report, April 17, 1958; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1015878/: accessed November 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.