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Description: The check valve for the Hallam Power Reactor uses a knife-edge bearing for the flapper in place of the usual journal-type bearing. Mechanical cycling in sodium at 600 deg F was used to check operation of this bearing. A total of 309 mechanical cycles was completed with no apparent malfunctioning of the valve. Measured leskage rates were 0.46 gpm at 0.93 psig, 0.73 gpm at 3.4 psig. and 0.32 gpm at 5.9 psig. (M.C.G.)
Date: February 10, 1960
Creator: Cygan, R.

40-MW(E) PROTOTYPE HIGH-TEMPERATURE GAS-COOLED REACTOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. Summary Report for the Period January 1, 1959-December 31, 1959 and Quarterly Progress Report for the Period October 1, 1959-December 31, 1959

Description: The HTGR prototype plant (Peach Bottom Power Reactor) is being designed to produce steam at l450 psi and 1000 deg F and to have a net capacity of 40 Mw(e). The fuel temperatures and gas pressures will be approximately the same as those required for larger plants. The reactor data and operating conditions for the graphite-clad core are given. The reactor and primary coolant systems are described. The prospects for development of the graphite-clad fuel element in time for use in the first loading of the reactor were improved by important advances in methods of fabrication and testing of both fuel compacts and graphite sleeves. The hot-pressing process for making fuel compacts was used successfully to make full-size compacts with a uniform distribution of ThC/sub 2/- UC/sub 2/ particles. Three irradiation capsules were fabricated and inserted in a test reactor to determine fuel compact and sleeve performance under HTGR conditions of irradiation and temperature. Two of these ran satisfactorily for the scheduled time of operation. A scope design study of the in-pile loop that will be used to evaluate the full-diameter graphite-clad element was completed. Experiments to determine the extent of fuel migration within the element were undertaken. Preliminary results indicated that the central fuel-element temperatures must not exceed 2300-C for routine operation. An important start was made in developing an understanding of how to treat the neutron thermalization process in high-temperature graphite reactors. Analytical techniques for calculating the thermal neutron spectra in poisoned graphite media were developed and programmed for the IBM 704 computer. The experimental technique of measuring neutron spectra by using a pulsed linear electron accelerator was demonstrated by measurements made with boron-loaded graphite. A mockup of a small portion of the reactor core was constructed and operated to determine the local heat-transfer coefficients and pressure drop ...
Date: September 1, 1960


Description: A thermoelectric generator which produces 100 watts of electrical power continuously over a six-month operational life in a space environment was designed. It employs the heat produced by the decay of Cm/sup 24/ as the source of power. Uniform output over the operational life of the generator is accomplished by means of a thermally actuated shutter which maintains the hot junction temperature of the thermoelectric conventer at a constunt figure by varying the amount of surplus heat which is radiated directly to space from the heat source. The isotopic heat source is designed to safely contain the Cm/sup 242/ under conditions of launch pad abont and rocket failure, but to burn up upon re-entry to the earth's atmosphere from orbital velocity. (W.L.H.)
Date: May 1, 1960
Creator: Weddell, J.B. & Bloom, J.

EEN-307, Irradiation of units at low temperature test

Description: EWR-ESE-144, Fifty MC-890 type final assemblies were subjected to irradiation at low temperature test in order to determine if irradiation would reduce the frequency of high voltage breakdowns. A control lot of a like number of units was subjected to low temperature test in the same manner except without irradiation.
Date: April 13, 1960
Creator: Guthrie, J.B.

EN-318 evaluation of slow warm-up through special test of MC-890 type power supplies

Description: ESE-171: This EN run was made to determine if there is any relationship between the H-5 transistor electrical characteristics, the assembly processes, and slow warm-up of the MC-890 Power Supply. Included is the test data on the H-5 transistors and the results of the High Temperature Life Test (185 {degrees}F) of 380 MC-890 Power Supplies.
Date: September 1, 1960
Creator: Ling, R.F.

EEN-333, revised getter flash procedure

Description: EWR No. VTE-188--Tubes processed by flashing getters immediately prior to seal-off from vacuum systems are compared for total residual gas pressure to tubes processed by flashing getters after tubes were sealed off vacuum systems. Comparisons of residual pressures determined from current flows in the cold cathode ion gauge.
Date: June 28, 1960
Creator: Brown, W.C.


Description: One of the major unsolved problems affecting the life of the SNAP II Power Conversion System is the mass transfer of corrosion products by mercury and subsequent deposition. It is feared that the corrosion products might tend to accumulate in critical areas such as orifices, bearings and so forth. Therefore, this test was conducted to evaluate a corrosion product separator and to determine the influence of corrosion product removal on corrosion rate. The corrosion product separator was successful in removing 85 percent of the elements corroded from the container walls. The loop and separator, both fabricated from Haynes alloy No. 25, operated for 1000 hours. The mercury was boiled and condensed at 1100 deg F, superheated to 1190 deg F and subcooled to 325 deg F. The flow rate in this loop was much higher than in previous loops, being approximately 37 pounds of mercury per hour as contrasted with approximately l2 pounds of raercury per hour. No increase in corrosion rate was noticed as a result of the higher flow rates and velocity or by the removal of corrosion products. If this type of separator or an improved type works equally as well in the final application, the danger of failure from corrosion products should be greatly reduced. (auth)
Date: March 1, 1962
Creator: Nejedlik, J.F.