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RSG Deployment Case Testing Results

Description: The RSG deployment case design is centered on taking the RSG system and producing a transport case that houses the RSG in a safe and controlled manner for transport. The transport case was driven by two conflicting constraints, first that the case be as light as possible, and second that it meet a stringent list of Military Specified requirements. The design team worked to extract every bit of weight from the design while striving to meet the rigorous Mil-Spec constraints. In the end compromises were made primarily on the specification side to control the overall weight of the transport case. This report outlines the case testing results.
Date: September 1, 2005
Creator: Owsley, Stanley L.; Dodson, Michael G.; Hatchell, Brian K.; Seim, Thomas A.; Alexander, David L. & Hawthorne, Woodrow T.
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Isotope Production Facility Conceptual Thermal-Hydraulic Design Review and Scoping Calculations

Description: The thermal-hydraulic design of the target for the Isotope Production Facility (IPF) is reviewed. In support of the technical review, scoping calculations are performed. The results of the review and scoping calculations are presented in this report.
Date: August 1, 1998
Creator: Pasamehmetoglu, K.O. & Shelton, J.D.
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Description: This paper presents a design summary of the containment vessel closure for the Bulk Tritium Shipping Package (BTSP). This new package is a replacement for a package that has been used to ship tritium in a variety of content configurations and forms since the early 1970s. The new design is based on changes in the regulatory requirements. The BTSP design incorporates many improvements over its predecessor by implementing improved testing, handling, and maintenance capabilities, while improving manufacturability and incorporating new engineered materials that enhance the package's ability to withstand dynamic loading and thermal effects. This paper will specifically summarize the design philosophy and engineered features of the BTSP containment vessel closure. The closure design incorporates a concave closure lid, metallic C-Ring seals for containing tritium gas, a metal bellows valve and an elastomer O-Ring for leak testing. The efficient design minimizes the overall vessel height and protects the valve housing from damage during postulated drop and crush scenarios. Design features will be discussed.
Date: July 3, 2007
Creator: Eberl, K & Paul Blanton, P
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Experiments with the Dragon Machine

Description: The basic characteristics of a self-sustaining chain reaction were demonstrated with the Chicago Pile in 1943, but it was not until early 1945 that sufficient enriched material became available to experimentally verify fast-neutron cross-sections and the kinetic characteristics of a nuclear chain reaction sustained with prompt neutrons alone. However, the demands of wartime and the rapid decline in effort following the cessation of hostilities often resulted in the failure to fully document the experiments or in the loss of documentation as personnel returned to civilian pursuits. When documented, the results were often highly classified. Even when eventually declassified, the data were often not approved for public release until years later.2 Even after declassification and approval for public release, the records are sometimes difficult to find. Through a fortuitous discovery, a set of handwritten notes by ''ORF July 1945'' entitled ''Dragon - Research with a Pulsed Fission Reactor'' was found by William L. Myers in an old storage safe at Pajarito Site of the Los Alamos National Laboratory3. Of course, ORF was identified as Otto R. Frisch. The document was attached to a page in a nondescript spiral bound notebook labeled ''494 Book'' that bore the signatures of Louis Slotin and P. Morrison. The notes also reference an ''Idea LS'' that can only be Louis Slotin. The discovery of the notes led to a search of Laboratory Archives, the negative files of the photo lab, and the Report Library for additional details of the experiments with the Dragon machine that were conducted between January and July 1945. The assembly machine and the experiments were carefully conceived and skillfully executed. The analyses--without the crutch of computers--display real insight into the characteristics of the nuclear chain reaction. The information presented here provides what is believed to be a complete collection of the original ...
Date: August 12, 2005
Creator: Malenfant, R.E.
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Description: Significant savings are being realized from the consolidated tritium gas-processing operations at the Savannah River Site. However, the trade-off is some reduction of operational flexibility due to decreased storage capacity for process and waste gases. Savannah River National Laboratory researchers are developing an integrated process gas model for tritium processing using Aspen Custom Modeler{trademark} (ACM) software. The modeling involves fully characterizing process flow streams (gas composition, quantity), frequency of batch transfers, and availability of equipment in the flow stream. The model provides a valuable engineering tool to identify flow bottlenecks, thereby enabling adjustments to be made to improve process operations.
Date: August 30, 2007
Creator: Hang, T & Anita Poore, A
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Description: Tritium clean-up systems typically deploy gas processing technologies between stages of palladium-silver (Pd/Ag) diffusers/permeators. The number of diffusers positioned before and after a gas clean-up process to obtain optimal system performance will vary with feed gas inert composition. A simple method to analyze optimal diffuser configuration is presented. The method assumes equilibrium across the Pd/Ag tubes and system flows are limited by diffuser vacuum pump speeds preceding or following the clean-up process. A plot of system feed as a function of inert feed gas composition for various diffuser configuration allows selection of a diffuser configuration for maximum throughput based on feed gas composition.
Date: July 24, 2007
Creator: Klein, J & Dave W. Howard, D
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A Novel Compact Pyroelectric X-Ray and Neutron Source

Description: This research was focused on the utilization of pyroelectric crystals for generation of radiation. When in constant temperature pyroelectric crystals are spontaneously polarized. The polarization causes internal charges to accumulate near the crystal faces and masking charges from the environment are attracted to the crystal faces and neutralize the charge. When a pyroelectric crystal is heated or cooled it becomes depolarized and the surface charges become available. If the heating or cooling is done on a crystal in vacuum where no masking charges are available, the crystal becomes a charged capacitor and because of its small capacitance large potential develops across the faces of the crystal.
Date: August 31, 2007
Creator: Danon, Yaron
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Ultrasensitive detection of radioactive cesium isotopes using a magneto-optical trap.

Description: We report the first magneto-optical trapping of mdioactive {sup 135}Cs and {sup 137}Cs and a promising means for detecting these isotopes to ullrasensilive lcvels by a system coupling the magneto-optical trap (MOT) to a mass separator. The mass separator efficiently delivers a 20 kV ion beam of either isotope into a quartzcube MOT cell having in one corner a small-diameter Zr foil, on which the ion beam is focused and into which the ions are implantetl. Inductive heating of thc foil releases {approx}45% of the implanted atoms into a MOT that uses large diameter beams and a dry-film coating to capture 3% of the released vapor. MOT fluorescence signals were found to increasc linearly with the number of foil-implanted atoms over a range of 10{sup 4} to 10{sup 7} in trapped-atom number. The measured slope of MOT signal versus number implanted was equal in the case each isotope to within 4%, signifying our ability to measure {sup 137}Cs/{sup 135}Cs ratios to within 4%. The isotopic selectivities of the mass separator and MOT combine to suppress interfering signal from {sup 133}Cs by a factor of greater than 5 x 10{sup 12} in the case of detecting {sup 135}Cs or {sup 137}Cs. Our present sample detection sensitivity is one million atoms.
Date: January 1, 2002
Creator: Di Rosa, M. D. (Michael D.); Crane, S. G. (Scott G.); Kitten, J. J. (Jason J.); Taylor, W. A. (Wayne A.); Vieira, D. J. (David J.) & Zhao, X. (Xinxin)
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