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Critical mass study of 231 process tanks

Description: An estimated minimum critical mass for each of the process vessels in the 231 Building has been calculated on the basis of critical mass data given in the P-11 Project Document HW-24514. The calculations are made assuming the plutonium to be a homogeneous mixture of precipitate and water with some slight neutron poisoning due to other elements. The precipitate is further assumed to have partially settled making an effectively infinite water reflector above the plutonium and hence reducing the critical mass.
Date: August 19, 1952
Creator: Lanning, D.D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Critical mass studies of plutonium solutions

Description: The chain reacting conditions for plutonium nitrate in water solution have been examined experimentally for a variety of sizes of spheres and cylinders. The effects on the critical mass of the displacement of hydrogen and the addition of poisons to the fuel were measured in water tamped and bare reactors. In this report the data obtained in the investigation is presented graphically and in tables. Some preliminary analysis has been made yielding the results: (i) the absorption cross-section of Pu{sup 240} is 925 {plus_minus} 200 barns and (ii) the minimum critical mass of Pu{sup 239} in water is 510 grams at concentration of about 33 grams per liter.
Date: May 19, 1952
Creator: Kruesi, F.E.; Erkman, J.O. & Lanning, D.D.
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FREE AIR PRESSURE MEASUREMENTS

Description: Indenter gages, Wiancko gages, and interferometer gages were used to measure air overpressure vs time at essentially ground level stations for both the surface (S) and undprground (U) atomic explosions. For the S Burst several instruments were placed on a line extending from an overpressure region of 13 psi to a region of less than one psi. The air measurements for the U Burst ranged from 32 to 2 psi. (D. L.G.)
Date: February 19, 1952
Creator: Howard, W.J. & Jones, R.D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Interpretation of High Energy p-p Scattering.

Description: High energy p-p scattering has been interpreted by several authors in terms of highly singular noncentral interactions. The triplet state calculations were carried out in the Born approximation and, together with the singlet, yielded an almost isotropic (c.m. system) differential cross section. Agreement with experiment was good at large angles but the theoretical peak in the forward direction, due mostly to singlet d scattering, was too large. It is not clear however that the Born approximation should be valid for singular potentials.
Date: September 19, 1952
Creator: Swanson, Don R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Preliminary evaluation of Pennsalt A-10 and Turco ``Aviation`` Cleaner for cleaning aluminum caps and cans

Description: The Process Unit has requested the Present Canning group to evaluate two alkaline cleaners, Pennsalt A-10 and Turco ``Aviation`` Cleaner, as possible substitutes for the present trichloroethylene vapor degreaser and Duponol wash. Disadvantages of the present cleaning procedure are: ineffectiveness; expense; toxicity of trichloroethylene. The alkaline cleaners Pennsalt A-10 and Turco ``Activation`` Cleaner were tested and compared with an alkaline cleaner made from Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3} and Na{sub 3}PO{sub 4} and with the present cleaning method. With available equipment Pennsalt A-10 and Turco ``Aviation`` Cleaner did not remove grease and dirt as well as the present cleaning method. A solution of Na{sub 2}PO{sub 4} and Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3} was the best degreaser tested although it did etch the surface of the cap. This document provides a discussion of the procedure utilized and the results.
Date: May 19, 1952
Creator: Weakley, E. A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department