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The Manufacture of Aluminum Clad Aluminum-Plutonium Alloy Irradiation Specimens

Description: This report describes the manufacture of 25 Aluminum clad, 10 w/o plutonium-aluminum alloy and 5 w/o plutonium-aluminum alloy cored specimens for Argonne National Laboratory-University of California irradiation tests in the Materials Testing Reactor. The manufacturing method: preparation of cores and cladding material, assembly and welding of compacts, outgassing, roll bonding, shearing, identification marking and final fabrication into napkin "rings" is described in detail. Of ninety-six speci… more
Date: April 17, 1952
Creator: Shuck, Arthur B., 1918-
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Preliminary Report on Thermal and Electrical Conductivities of Some Plutonium-Aluminum Alloys

Description: Abstract: "The thermal and electrical conductivities of a series of Pu-Al alloys have been determined in the range 0.12 atomic percent Pu. The conductivities are approximately proportional to the volume of free aluminum."
Date: March 15, 1950
Creator: Gibney, Robert B. & Sandenaw, Thomas A.
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Final Report: Production Test No. 305-2-N Experimental Results Obtained From Test Pile Reactivity Measurements on Plutonium

Description: Measurements were taken to provide experimental evidence for determining the feasibility of a proposed method for converting Pu240 to 241 by exposing shielded plutonium to selectively transmitted pile neutrons.
Date: April 28, 1953
Creator: Lefevre, H. W & Triplett, J. R.
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The Nickel-Plutonium System

Description: A tentative nickel-plutonium constitutional diagram was based on data obtained by thermal analysis, metallography, and x-ray-diffraction techniques. The systema is a complex one with the following important features. Nickel is soluble in epsilon plutonium, extending the epsilon field to 4.3 at.% nickel at 465 deg C. Nickel and plutonium form six intermetallic compounds, PuNi, EnNi/sub 2/, PuNi/sub 3/, PuNi/sub 4/, PuNi/sub 5/, and PuNi/sub 9/. The compound PuNi/ sub 5/ forms congruently from th… more
Date: March 1, 1951
Creator: Wensch, Glen William, 1917-; Whyte, D D.; Cramer, E M.; Ellinger, F H.; Schonfeld, F W. & Struebing, V O.
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Determination of Bismuth in Plutonium-Bismuth Solutions

Description: Bismuth analytical methods were investigated for the purpose of selecting procedures which are satisfactory for the analysis of solutions containing plutonium and bismuth. The gravimetric procedure which is recommended for samples containing these two elements includes removal of the plutonium by peroxide precipitation, separation of the bismuth by precipitation with sodium carbonate, and final ignition of the bismuth as a phosphate. Necessary equipment and experimental technique are described.… more
Date: September 15, 1951
Creator: Bergstresser, K. S. (Karl Samuel), 1909-2004
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Determination of Cadmium in Plutonium-Cadmium Solutions

Description: Determination of cadmium in plutonium-cadmium solutions was successfully accomplished by separating the plutonium as an insoluble peroxide, evaporating the solution containing the cadmium, and weighing the latter as a sulfate. with 5 t0 20 mg of cadmium and similar amounts of plutonium, the 95% confidence limits for the average of triplicate determinations was to be +- 0.3 percent of the cadmium in the sample. When samples contained as little as 5 mg of cadmium, it was necessary to correct the … more
Date: September 15, 1951
Creator: Bergstresser, K. S. (Karl Samuel), 1909-2004 & Rex, Elgin H.
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The Polarographic Determination of Titanium in Plutonium Solutions

Description: A polarographic method for the determination of titanium in the presence of plutonium has been devised. Hydrochloric acid solutions of plutonium and titanium are reduced with zinc, made one molar in tartaric acid, and further reduced in the polarographic cell with liquid zine amalgam. Plutonium is thus reduced to the non-interfering (III) oxidation state and a well defined anodic wave for the oxidation of titanium (III) to titanium (IV) is obtained. The height of this wave is directly proportio… more
Date: December 20, 1951
Creator: Smith, Maynard E. (Maynard Elliott)
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Determination of Zirconium in Plutonium-Zirconium Alloys

Description: A method for determining zirconium in plutonium-zirconium alloys was required as part of an investigation of alloys containing fissionable material, with possible use in nuclear reactors. Alloys of these two elements were brought into solution with a bisulfate fusion and the zirconium was separated by precipitation with p-bromomandelic acid. Determinations were completed by weighing the zirconium oxide obtained after ignition of the precipitate at 925 degree C. The precision of this recommended… more
Date: September 5, 1952
Creator: Bergstresser, K. S. (Karl Samuel), 1909-2004
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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"Burst-like" Characteristics of the delta/alpha-prime Phase Transformation in Pu-Ga Alloys

Description: The {delta} to {alpha}' phase transformation in Pu-Ga alloys is intriguing for both scientific and technological reasons. On cooling, the ductile fcc d-phase transforms martensitically to the brittle monoclinic {alpha}'-phase at approximately -120 C (depending on composition). This exothermic transformation involves a 20% volume contraction and a significant increase in resistivity. The reversion of {alpha}' to {delta} involves a large temperature hysteresis beginning just above room temperatur… more
Date: November 10, 2003
Creator: Blobaum, K; Krenn, C; Haslam, J; Wall, M & Schwartz, A
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Preliminary report on the tensile properties of plutonium

Description: Preliminary data have been obtained on the effect of temperature on the tensile properties of a Pu-0.9 w/o Ga delta stabilized alloy. Contoured castings for tensile specimen fabrication were obtained by pouring in vacuo from 900 {degrees}C into a MgO coated graphite mold heated to 475-500 {degrees}C.
Date: March 8, 1962
Creator: Gardner, H. R.
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Corrosion of Plutonium Alloys in NaK

Description: A plutonium-aluminum alloy containing 4 atom per cent aluminum showed no attack after exposure to purified NaK for one month at 400 C in the absence of any oxide. The same specimen and other plutonium alloys, including pure plutonium, showed marked deterioration in shorter exposure in the presence of oxide films from a welded stainless steel container. Pure uranium was resistant even in the presence of such oxides.
Date: July 1953
Creator: Hyman, H. H. & Katz, Joseph J. (Joseph Jacob), 1912-2008
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U-Pu-Zr Metal Alloy: a Potential Fuel for LMFBR's

Description: This report critically reviews the available information pertinent to the potential use of uranium-plutonium-zirconium alloy fuels clad with stainless steel in LMFBR's. The areas considered include breeding potential, burnup potential, thermal performance, fuel fabricability, fuel reprocessing, and safety considerations. Because information on uranium-plutonium-zirconium alloys is limited, wide use is made of experience with EBR-II metallic driver fuel to infer advantages and limitations of ura… more
Date: November 1975
Creator: Walter, C. M.; Golden, G. H. & Olson, N. J.
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THE ETCHING OF PLUTONIUM AND ITS ALLOYS BY CATHODIC BOMBARDMENT

Description: The development of microstructural detail by cathodic bombardment has been used successfully for many metals and alloys which are difficult to etch by conventional methods. An application of this technique to plutonitun and its alloys is presented. A method for preventing the specimen from overheating is included in the description of the equipment. Photomicrographs of a few clean, well defined microstructures obtained by cathodic bombardment of plutonium and some of its alloys are also are inc… more
Date: January 1, 1959
Creator: Imlah, K.
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