Description: The author reports experimental measurements for the argon and oxygen permeability coefficients for the new EPDM material (SR793B-80) used for the environmental o-ring seals of the W88. The results allow the author to refine the argon gas analysis modeling predictions for W88 surveillance units. By comparing early surveillance results (up to four years in the field) with the modeling, the author shows that (1) up to this point in time, leakage past the seals is insignificant and (2) the argon approach should be able to inexpensively and easily monitor both integrated lifetime water leakage and the onset of any aging problems. Finally, the author provides a number of pieces of evidence indicating that aging of the SR793B-80 material will not be significant during the expected lifetime of the W88.
Date: April 1, 1993
Creator: Gillen, K. T.
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