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100 Areas technical activities report - physics, July 1951

Description: This is the monthly 100 areas technical activities report for the physics group for the month of July 1951. This group was concerned with pile related studies. Work discussed includes neutron attenuation measurements in pile shielding test facilities, studies of physical properties of shielding materials (concrete), work on a xenon generator and separation facility, further development and shielding work for a neutron spectrometer, continued work on a magnetic spectrometer, and counting equipment. Studies of neutron fluxes from exponential piles, and criticality studies are also discussed.
Date: August 3, 1951
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Determination of slug temperatures for various power levels

Description: This study was undertaken to determine the maximum temperatures that may be expected in slugs under various operating power levels. Information of this nature is required to properly evaluate the effects on the slug of pile operation at power levels higher than those currently in use.
Date: January 5, 1949
Creator: Burda, E.J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Reactor process flow technical data

Description: A computer program is being developed for the solution of general system flow problems. As a complement to this program, a summary of the process system has been prepared. This assembles information from a number of different reports, drawings and technical notebooks into one place for easy use and reference. It is expected that the information contained in this report will be of use in safety and design studies of these process systems. This report presents current values of the reactor flow characteristics and the primary pumping system characteristics. It also presents the process piping system and the basis for a computing program for calculating system pressure drops.
Date: February 15, 1962
Creator: Jones, S.S.; Morrissey, J.E. & Manuel, J.L.
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Quarterly report, January 1951--March 1951, Chemical Research Section

Description: The current Relox flowsheet proposes precipitation of plutonium peroxide from IIBP solution concentrated by evaporation to 10 g Pu/1 and ca. 5.5 M HNO{sub 3}. Such a solution might have an Al{sup +++} concentration as high as 0.02 M with stainless steel corrosion product concentrations of the order of magnitude of those found in AT solution diluted to 10 g Pu/l. Methods for the precipitation of plutonium peroxide from this type of solution, either with or without partial neutralization of the nitric acid have been described (HW-20053, pp 4-5). Recent work has been devoted to an investigation of the extent to which aluminum, chromium, iron, and contaminating elements are separated from plutonium by peroxide precipitation.
Date: April 16, 1951
Creator: Hill, O.F. & Leitz, F.J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

P-10-X design features

Description: This document will be used to record the major equipment items and arrangements for purposes of: guidance of the design effort; and information to be used in the preparation of the project proposal. The purpose of the P-10-X project is to increase production of tritium by adding slug storage, can opening, extraction lines, and shipping facilities. Part 1 describes changes to Building 108-B including process equipment, process handling facilities, contamination control, ventilation, air monitoring and air sampling, electrical services, architecture, and piping. Part 2 describes auxiliary facilities which includes facilities for transfer of fuel slugs to ARCO, storage facilities for fuel slugs, and special devices.
Date: October 31, 1950
Creator: Bowman, F.A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Observation on machining speeds and feeds]

Description: This memorandum describes a trip on February 17th, 1944, in which the author stopped at the Baker Brothers Machine Company in Toledo to get the latest information on machining speeds and feeds and to determine the validity of their reported three pieces per hour per machine. The Baker Brothers reported that the three pieces per hour figure is an average given for determining delivery dates and allows for machining shapes other than a straight cylinder. They recommended a speed of 360 RPM for turning with a .010 feed.
Date: March 2, 1944
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

List of equipment changes required for the production of various model sizes on the RMA and RMB lines, 234-5 Building

Description: In order to change models on the RM Line, a number of equipment items must be either replaced or modified. Some items may not necessarily require replacement depending upon the severity of the change. The attached list of items will require replacement or modification before production can be shifted from the present model to any of the others previously produced at this plant. The equipment is part of the Remote Mechanical A and B lines of the Plutonium Finishing Plant.
Date: August 29, 1951
Creator: Beaulieu, O.F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Analysis of supernatants 234-5 Building

Description: The Pu in one batch (160 gms) is precipitated in a purification hood and waste supernatant is then transferred to the storage tank in one of the recovery hoods. Under normal process conditions a small amount of Pu remains in the supernatant. However, it is possible, though extremely unlikely, that the entire 160 grams would be transferred to the waste storage tank. The supernatants are transferred to an evaporator where they are concentrated. This evaporator has dimensions approximately the same as those of the storage tank, however, as concentration proceeds, the remaining solution can pass to a geometry more favorable for a chain reaction. There should be definite assurance before evaporation is begun that the amount of Pu in the evaporator does not exceed 160 grams. It is concluded that there is no objection, from a nuclear safety standpoint, to the discontinuance of analysis of the supernatants.
Date: August 23, 1951
Creator: Gast, P.F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

RM line equipment problems associated with a proposed increase in batch size

Description: The effect made on the RM (Remote Mechanical) Line equipment by an increase in the plant batch size from ca. 300 grams to ca. 375 grams has been studied. Using the process as determined by Production Test 234-3, the volumes for a 300 gram batch and a 375 gram batch are as follows, respectively: volume of plutonium peroxide (alcohol washed, filtered)--1,275 cc., 1,593 cc.; volume of plutonium tetrafluoride (as produced)--617.7 cc., 772 cc.; and volume of reduction charge (tamped)--511 cc., 638 cc. The difficulties encountered with 375 gram batches are discussed.
Date: September 10, 1951
Creator: Quinn, F. J., Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

234-5 Development Group - summary report, use of {open_quotes}AT{close_quotes} solution without evaporation

Description: A summary of work is presented from the 234-5 Development Group, September 1, 1950, with regard to the feasibility of transferring the plutonium processing solution, without evaporation, to the Purification Building. Critical factors identified were the concentration of the nitric acid and temperature.
Date: September 1, 1950
Creator: Lyon, W.L. & Facer, J.F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Analysis of a standard Pu solution by the control laboratories in 231 and 234-5 Buildings

Description: A solution of Pu was prepared for use in a re-investigation of the present 49 titration method. Three 500 microliter portions of the sample were dried and ignited to PuO{sub 2}. From the weight of the residue and the impurity analysis, the concentration, in g/l, of the solution was found to be 222.2, 221.5, and 222.5; average of 222.0. The six samples submitted to the control laboratory in Bldg. 231 were reported as: 219.3, 223.6, 221.5, 220.9, 222.3, and 228.2 (re-run 229.3); average of 222.6 g/l. The 234-5 Laboratory reported: 228.2, 233.3, 220.2, 236.1, 225.2 (re-run 220.6), and 227.9; average of 227.3 g/l. Since the standardization was carried out on April 13, the 231 Lab received its samples on May 11, and the 234-5 Lab received their samples on May 23, a correction for increase in concentration due to decomposition of the water by alpha particles and evaporation was calculated. It was determined that the results reported by the 231 Lab were very consistent (except for one determination) and that the average value agreed with the gravimetric determination. The average results from the 234-5 Lab are 2% higher than the gravimetric results. Further studies are being made on the chemical method for plutonium to resolve the difficulty.
Date: July 14, 1950
Creator: Barton, G.B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department