FABRICATION OF ALUMINUM-PLUTONIUM ALLOY FUEL ELEMENTS BY COEXTRUSION

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The development of the fabrication process and preparation of 144 coextruded fuel elements for the TransPlutonium Program are described. The fuel elements were in the form of coextruded rods, 0.94 in. in diameter and 60 in. in length. The cladding was aluminum (X-8001 alloy) and was 0.040 to 0.120 in. thick. The fuel cores were aluminum-7.35 wt.% plutonium alloy. The fuel elements were coextruded in an extrusion press which was mounted in a plutonium- contaminated glove box. The extruded elements were easily decontaminated. The cast fuel cores for the coextrusion billets were machined only on one end. The fuel elements ... continued below

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Bailey, W.J.; Bloomster, C.H.; Katayama, Y.B. & Ross, W.T. December 1, 1959.

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    Publisher Info: General Electric Co. Hanford Atomic Products Operation, Richland, Wash.
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The development of the fabrication process and preparation of 144 coextruded fuel elements for the TransPlutonium Program are described. The fuel elements were in the form of coextruded rods, 0.94 in. in diameter and 60 in. in length. The cladding was aluminum (X-8001 alloy) and was 0.040 to 0.120 in. thick. The fuel cores were aluminum-7.35 wt.% plutonium alloy. The fuel elements were coextruded in an extrusion press which was mounted in a plutonium- contaminated glove box. The extruded elements were easily decontaminated. The cast fuel cores for the coextrusion billets were machined only on one end. The fuel elements are currently under irradiation. (auth)

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  • Other Information: Orig. Receipt Date: 31-DEC-61

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  • Report No.: HW-63151
  • Grant Number: AT(45-1)-1350
  • DOI: 10.2172/4068797 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 4068797
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc863738

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Bailey, W.J.; Bloomster, C.H.; Katayama, Y.B. & Ross, W.T. FABRICATION OF ALUMINUM-PLUTONIUM ALLOY FUEL ELEMENTS BY COEXTRUSION, report, December 1, 1959; Richland, Washington. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc863738/: accessed November 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.