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Neutron Emission by Polonium Oxide Layers

Description: The following report calculates how many neutrons are produced by the O-16([alpha]-n) reaction in a thin and uniform polonium oxide layer.
Date: August 8, 1944
Creator: Argo, M. & Teller, E.

Consolidation and shaping of boron ; summary of previous work

Description: From abstract: "The deposit on the rods is in the form of a brittle uneven tube which is cracked off and subsequently pulverized to a 200-mesh powder. This report is chiefly concerned with methods of consolidating this powder and shaping it into forms required, though it also discusses to some extent other methods of shaping boron or born-rich materials."
Date: October 8, 1945
Creator: Kamm, Robert L.

Heat Treatment and Machinability of Beryllium Rod

Description: Purpose: "The purpose of this investigation was to determine whether or not the machinability of extruded beryllium rod could be improved by appropriate heat treatment. It was thought that this could be accomplished in the extruded Be rod by recrystallization without further growth of these grains. This should impart a certain degree of ductility to the metal. The investigations was divided into two parts: Part I - Heat Treatment of Beryllium Rod; Part II - Machinability of Beryllium Rod."
Date: February 19, 1946
Creator: Norhaft, P. C.

Survey of Los Alamos and Pueblo Canyon for Radioactive Contamination and Radio Assay Tests Run on Sewer-Water Samples and Water and Soil Samples Taken From Los Alamos and Pueblo Canyons

Description: "Report of the Survey of Los Alamos and Pueblo Canyon for radioactive contamination and radioassay tests run on sewer water samples and water and soil samples taken from Los Alamos and Pueblo Canyons." The objective of this report was to determine the extent and sources of radioactive contamination in the areas studied.
Date: February 20, 1947
Creator: Kingsley, William H.; Fox, Alvin; Tribby, J. F. & Doner, Elmer

Problems of Air-Borne Contamination in Handling of Pu F₄ Powders

Description: Abstract: Studies were made of the air-borne contamination present during the operation of reducing plutonium tetrafluoride powder to the metal. Equipment design changes were made and operation technique changes were made until the amount of contamination present during operations was well below tolerance levels.
Date: July 31, 1947
Creator: Kennedy, William R.; Dumrose, A. & Ludwig, A.

A Method for Rolling Uranium Foil

Description: "This report gives briefly a rather simple method for fabricating foils from uranium buttons. Two log sheets one of a U-238 run and one of a U-255 run are given."
Date: October 21, 1947
Creator: Bernard, George L., (Jr.)

Fraunhofer Diffraction Pattern Produced by a Slit of Varying Width and its Application to High Speed Cameras

Description: Abstract: "A theoretical and experimental investigation is made of the diffraction pattern produced by a slit, whose aperture varies uniformly from a constant value A to zero. The results of this investigation are applied to a proposed high speed camera. It is shown that diffraction effects are very serious and cannot be neglected. It seems, unless the suggested design of this high speed camera is changed, the camera will be of little use for accurate measurements, and photographs will show too much blue to give details."
Date: November 11, 1947
Creator: Geiger, F. E. & Brixner, Berlyn

Methyl Methacrylate Casting Resin

Description: Abstract: "This report describes work done to improve the casting characteristics of methyl methacrylete resin under CMR-6-18 authorization. The experimental program was initiated with the objectives of decreasing casting time, bubble formation and shrinkage. It has been found that by use of a common solvent for monomer and polymer concentration in monomer can be attained greater than any previously reported in preparation of a methacrylate casting resign. Incorporation of this greater amount of polymer has produced the desired effects. A bibliography of relevant literature is included to which reference is made in the text."
Date: January 8, 1948
Creator: Church, J. S. & Tyler, H. R.

Effect of Temperature and Reactivity Changes in Operation of the Los Alamos Plutonium Reactor

Description: The operation of the Fast Reactor is considered in terms of normal equilibrium conditions and normal shut-down. The proposed loading, control rod adjustment and subsequent "floating" operation are discussed. Safety devices and interlocks are described. Temperature and reactivity changes are examined with respect to various system failures, phase changes, and "flashing" of the reactor. Slow changes due to faulty slug cooling are also considered. The calculations were initially based upon 10 kw operation. Performance tests of the mercury system now indicate that 20-kw operation may be feasible.
Date: May 28, 1948
Creator: Hall, David B. & Hall, Jane H.

Safety Tests on Hand Stacking of U-235 Cubes

Description: From abstract: "Critical assembly tests have been made on the Pajarito Universal Machine to determine the safety limits of handstacking cubes of 95% U-235 in spherical geometries preparatory to making critical assemblies of U-235 in an "infinite" tuballoy tamper. The U-235 cubes were stacked as pseudospheres in a cavity at the top of a tuballoy block 12" high and 8" on a side, and the assembly tamped by locating it inside a doughnut shaped water tank whose tamping effect is equivalent to the tamping caused by personnel necessary for hand stacking."
Date: October 11, 1948
Creator: Josephson, V.; Young, D. S. & Dike, R. S.

Fabrication of Uranium Wire

Description: From abstract: "The present report describes experimental work performed to establish a procedure for the production of uranium metal wire. In all cases, the size of the initial rod was 1/2 inch diameter. Three materials were used: hot extruded tuballoy rod, high purity cast tuballoy rod, and cast U-235 rod."
Date: October 25, 1949
Creator: Anderson, R. E.; Taub, J. M. & Doll, D. T.

Spontaneous Fission of 48

Description: Report discussing an experiment to reinvestigate the spontaneous fission of 48 (Pu-238) in an effort to determine a more accurate value for the spontaneous fission constant that was found in a previous experiment.
Date: December 19, 1949
Creator: Jungerman, John A.

The Decontamination of Uranium from Fission Products by the Use of the Uranyl Oxalate Precipitation Reaction

Description: Abstract: "Decontamination factors of the order of 10-4 were obtained for Beta and Gamma emitters present as fission products when uranium was precipitated from 50 mC activity level solutions as uranyl oxalate under normal uranium yield conditions for three cycles (~60%). Factors of the order of 10-3 were obtained by the use of this reaction with similar solutions under relatively high uranium yield conditions for three cycles (~90%). The uranium peroxide precipitation reaction proved to be of no value on such solutions, yielding decontamination factors of only 17.1 Beta emitters and 1.2 for Gamma emitters for three cycles."
Date: May 10, 1951
Creator: Kelchner, B. L.

The Reaction of Uranium With Purified Water

Description: Report discussing the reaction of uranium with pure water. The reaction was followed by using a method of measuring hydrogen evolution.
Date: December 1951
Creator: Waber, S. F. & Waber, James T.

Bibliography : Impact Testing of Materials

Description: The bibliography provided investigates the following sources: Chemical Abstracts 1947-1950., Metallurgical Abstracts Vols. 1-18., ASM Review of Metals Literature Vols. 1-6., J. Institute of Metals Vols. 78-80 (No. 7)., Physics Abstracts 1937-1950.
Date: June 8, 1952
Creator: Fick, Jean

Plasma Thermocoufle Development

Description: A report about a thermionic converter which has been constructed for the purpose of evaluating the effect of radiation shields in the interelectrode space.
Date: November 1952
Creator: Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory of the University of California