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OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY
UNION CARBIDE NUCLEAR COMPANY
Division of Union Carbide Corporation
Post Office Box X
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
CENTRAL FiLES NUMBER
Supplement No. 1
DATE: September 2, 1959
SUBJECT: POWER REACTOR FUEL REPROCESSING: MECHANICAL PHASE
COPY NO. 7r7
TO: W. F. Schaffer, Jr.
FROM: B. B. Klima
The major events in the Mechanical Phase of the Power Reactor Fuel Reprocessing
program during August were:
1. There was an occurrence at the SRE which caused several (approximately 7)
fuel elements to part when being pulled from the reactor. This will
complicate reprocessing (possibly another auxiliary decladder); however,
the bulk of the elements may still be reprocessed as planned. The SRE
prototype fuel element and shipping container was shipped from Canoga Park
2. New or reworked parts for the mechanical decladder were supplied by the
fabricators (Southern Machine; Chattanooga) so as to permit rebuilding of
the machine in ORNL shops.
3. Re-evaluation of the funds available for the project led to the following
a. Reduction of U02 pellet order to the quantity needed tlis fiscal year.
b. Reduction of Mark III prototype fuel element to 12.
c. Stoppage of all work by REE Division personnel.
d. Stoppage of all work possible that was not related to SRE fuel element
e. Award of production prototype shear contract to Birdsboro Steel Foundry
and Machine Company only for the design phase.
The building number has been officially changed to Building 3026.
This document contains information of a preliminary nature
and was prepared primarily for internal use at the Oak Ridge
National Laboratory. It is subject to revision or correction
and therefore does not represent a final report. The information
is not to be abstracted, reprinted or otherwise given public
dissemination without the approval of-the ORNL patent branch,
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Klima, B.B. POWER REACTOR FUEL REPROCESSING: MECHANICAL PHASE, report, September 1, 1959; Oak Ridge, Tennessee. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1023285/m1/1/: accessed April 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.