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SEVEN YEARS OF URANIUM ALLOY DEVELOPMENT
AT WELDON SPRING - 1959/1966
John A. Fellows
The findings of the research and development program in physical metallurgy at
the Uranium Plant operated by Mallinckrodt Chemical Work~ for the U. S.A.EC. at
Weldon Spring, Missouri, have been scattered through a sequence of Quarterly
and Topical Reports interspersed in many cases with reports concerned with
organic, inorganic, or physical chemistry. In view of the shutdown of the
Plant at Weldon Spring which was announced as imminent on April 30, 1966, it
has. seemed appropriate to issue a~snummaryof the work in physical metallurgy in
order that a source might be made available in narrative form for the over-all
nature of the work carried out during the past seven years and, at the same
time, provide an integrated bibliography of the sources of the actual data.
The following will be a description of this nature without an inclusive listing
of any .but particularly specific data, prepared as a guide for any reader who
is interested in the program as a whole and who otherwise might find
considerable-difficulty in tracking down the many parts of the report system
Needless to say, many of the concepts that have.been *Xplored and the ideas
which have been advanced have been generated both in conjunction with and as a
result of discussion with other sites, particularly the members of the Working
Committee of the Fuel Element Development Committee involving representatives
from the Hanford Atomic Products Operation, the Savannah River Project, and the
Feed Material Production Center at Fernald, Ohio. The constructive criticism
and suggestions which have been made'available by the members of this Committee
have been invaluable in directing the work at Weldon Spring in the most
profitable channels. :From this point of view, the development program to be
described cannot be viewed-as the product of the Uranium'Division of
Mallinckrodt Chemical Works alone but in'part at least as the outcome of a
joint effort. This reporting, however, of the results of this program can only
be made from the Weldon Spring point of view with due acknowledgment for the
assistance which has been gratefully recognized and herewith is duly acknowledged.
1959 has been chosen as the initial date for the coverage of this narrative
since much of the present knowledge. of the control of uranium structure by the
use of alloy additions and selected heat treatments stems from activities that
began early in that year. It is recognized that much development effort had
been put forth in- earlier years and with beneficial results, but the turn of
events was such that a new direction of effort was the outgrowth of specific
requirements made evident by the reactor sites as of approximately that date.
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Fellows, J. A. Seven Years of Uranium Alloy Development at Weldon Spring, 1959/1966., report, January 1, 1966; Weldon Spring, Missouri. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1033773/m1/14/: accessed March 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.