Experiments on explosive interactions between zirconium-containing melt and water (ZREX).

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The results of two series of experiments on explosive interactions between zirconium-containing melt and water are described. The first series of experiments involved dropping 1-kg batches of zirconium-zirconium dioxide mixture melt into a column of water while the second series employed 1.2-kg batches of zirconium-stainless steel mixture melt. Explosions took place only in those tests which were externally triggered. While the extent of zirconium oxidation in the triggered experiments was quite large, the explosion energies estimated from the experimental measurements were found to be small compared to the combined thermal and chemical energy available.

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Cho, D. H. April 10, 1998.

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The results of two series of experiments on explosive interactions between zirconium-containing melt and water are described. The first series of experiments involved dropping 1-kg batches of zirconium-zirconium dioxide mixture melt into a column of water while the second series employed 1.2-kg batches of zirconium-stainless steel mixture melt. Explosions took place only in those tests which were externally triggered. While the extent of zirconium oxidation in the triggered experiments was quite large, the explosion energies estimated from the experimental measurements were found to be small compared to the combined thermal and chemical energy available.

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19 p.

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  • 6th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE-6), San Diego, CA (US), 05/10/1998--05/15/1998

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  • Report No.: ANL/RE/CP-96080
  • Grant Number: W-31109-ENG-38
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 10732
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Cho, D. H. Experiments on explosive interactions between zirconium-containing melt and water (ZREX)., article, April 10, 1998; Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc624885/: accessed October 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.