Gas pycnometry for density determination of plutonium parts

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The traditional method for plutonium density determination is by measuring the weight loss of the component when it is immersed in a liquid of known density, Archimedes` Principle. The most commonly used heavy liquids that are compatible for plutonium measurement are freon and monobromobenzene, but these pose serious environmental and health hazards. The contaminated liquid is also a radiological waste concern with difficult disposition. A gaseous medium would eliminate these environmental and health concerns. A collaborative research effort between the Savannah River Technology Center and Los Alamos National Laboratory was undertaken to determine the feasibility of a gaseous density measurement ... continued below

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Collins, S. & Randolph, H.W. August 19, 1997.

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The traditional method for plutonium density determination is by measuring the weight loss of the component when it is immersed in a liquid of known density, Archimedes` Principle. The most commonly used heavy liquids that are compatible for plutonium measurement are freon and monobromobenzene, but these pose serious environmental and health hazards. The contaminated liquid is also a radiological waste concern with difficult disposition. A gaseous medium would eliminate these environmental and health concerns. A collaborative research effort between the Savannah River Technology Center and Los Alamos National Laboratory was undertaken to determine the feasibility of a gaseous density measurement process for plutonium hemishells.

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  • 21. aging, compatibility, and stockpile stewardship conference, Albuquerque, NM (United States), 30 Sep - 2 Oct 1997

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  • Report No.: WSRC-MS--97-00636
  • Report No.: CONF-970982--
  • Grant Number: AC09-96SR18500
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 568043
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc692847

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Collins, S. & Randolph, H.W. Gas pycnometry for density determination of plutonium parts, article, August 19, 1997; Aiken, South Carolina. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc692847/: accessed October 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.