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Annual Report of Research Progress

Description: This technical report constitutes a brief review of the work undertaken, entirely or in part, under the Contract AT(30-1)-1772 with eh United States Atomic Energy Commission. The work published during 1959 is listed at the end of this report and copies of the reprints or reports are attached where available. These investigations have been concerned with the examination of defect production and behavior as it may be observed by high frequency ultrasonic attenuation and velocity (modulus) changes… more
Date: December 31, 1959
Creator: Truell, Rohn, 1913-1968
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Absorption of Organic Acids on Thoria

Description: The adsorption of acetic and oleic acids on the surface of thoria was studied by means of infrared spectroscopy. An infrared analysis of the adsorbates before and after adsorption using differential double bean methods indicated that the adsorption of organic acids on thoria surfaces occurs by an esterification reaction between the organic acid and the hydroxylated thoria surface. Ammonia vapor will not adsorb on thoria, indicated the basic character of the hydroxylated surface.
Date: December 31, 1959
Creator: Bradford, Harold R. & Wadsworth, Milton E.
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Attempted Modification of Susceptibility of Tumors to X-Radiation : Final Report for August 1 1957 to August 31, 1959

Description: Attempts to secure a high degree of synchronization of cell division of the Krebs mouse ascites carcinoma, by combined use of aminopterin and citrovorum factor, and by use of colchicine and N-acetyl colchinol, were unsuccessful. In the course of the work, a new method for securing smears of ascites tumor cells was out, which we believe will be found useful
Date: December 31, 1959
Creator: Beck, Lyle Vibert, 1906-
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Zirconium Diboride, Boron Nitride, And Boron Carbide Compatibility with Austenitic Stainless Steel

Description: The compatibility of zirconium diboride, boron carbide, and boron nitride with type 304 stainless steel was evaluated as a function of temperature (1000-1200°C), time (1-3 hr). Appropriate loadings of the boron compounds and stainless steel powder were blended and fashioned into a compact powder metallurgically. Each compact was roll clad into a plate and subsequently heat treated at a temperature equal to the initial sintering temperature. Metallographic examination of the fabricated and heat-… more
Date: July 31, 1959
Creator: Cherubini, Julian H. & Leitten, C. F., Jr.
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New Production Reactor Thermal Shielded Studies

Description: The relative neutron capture gamma production in several prospective iron thermal shielding materials for the New Production Reactor was measured to determine the merit of adding boron to the metal. It was found that for the beam geometry the used addition of 1 1/2 percent boron to the iron before casting reduced the soft gamma production by a factor of 6.5 and the hard gamma production by a factor of 10. No attempt was made to measure gamma or neutron transmissions.
Date: August 31, 1959
Creator: Friesenhahn, S. J.
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PRTR Total Energy Distribution Calculations

Description: Since the calculation of the PRTR energy distribution was first carried out by J. R. Triplett, the design has become sufficiently fixed to allow a refinement of his values. The present analysis, also, includes a calculation of the fraction of energy which is released in the shroud and process tubers that flows to the primary coolant to the top and bottom shield coolant is taken into consideration. Nuclear data used in the original calculations still appears satisfactory and is, therefore, util… more
Date: July 31, 1959
Creator: Peterson, R. E.
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Production test IP-262-A-11-FP, evaluation of projection fuel elements for use in ribbed process tubes: Demonstration loadings

Description: The objective of this test is to demonstrate the feasibility of projection fuel elements for use In existing process tubing and to determine the reduction in rupture rates or hot-spot incidence so achieved. This test is to authorize, (a) charging 20 columns of bumper type fuel elements and 20 columns of control elements per reactor into B, D, DR, F, and R Reactors for irradiation up to 1200 MWD/T exposure, and (b) irradiation of four columns each of enriched (0.947%) bumper and enriched (0.947%… more
Date: December 31, 1959
Creator: Hall, R. E.
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Production test authorization IP-217-A-supplement, uranium sample irradiation (HAPO-218)

Description: The object of this production test is to authorize the irradiation of samples of natural uranium for use in the fission product volatilization program. Any empty central zone PCCF and/or process tube at B, D, DR, or H Reactors will meet the requirements of this authorization.
Date: August 31, 1959
Creator: Zima, G. E.
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The Hard-Core Pinch. I

Description: This report analyzes a linear, hard-core pinch tube built to examine tubes afflicted by small-scale instabilities evident from many observations.
Date: July 31, 1959
Creator: Birdsall, D. H.; Colgate, Stirling A. & Furth, Harold P.
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The Hard-Core Pinch. II

Description: This report describes a toroidal version of the hard-core pinch and the additional information it can obtain to what the analogous linear pinch can get.
Date: July 31, 1959
Creator: Birdsall, D. H.; Colgate, Stirling A. & Furth, Harold P.
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Dissolution of aluminium oxide as a regulating factor in aqueous aluminum corrosion

Description: The solubility of aluminum corrosion product in contact with metallic aluminum in deionized water has been determined over the range 80 to 350/sup 0/C. Evidence is presented to show that oxide dissolution results in the formation of a porous oxide on aluminum exposed in refreshed dynamic systems. Dynamic corrosion rate data have been analyzed on the basis of parabolic film growth and a linear oxide degradation process acting simultaneously on the system. The degradation process has been shown t… more
Date: August 31, 1959
Creator: Dillon, R.L.
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Stored Energy: Growth and Annealing Status of Graphite Moderator in the BNL Research Reactor. Final Report

Description: The present sthtus, past annealing procedures and experiences, future annealing procedures, annealing sehedule, revised annealing procedure (1958), procedure for combating a graphite fire in fuel channel, high-temperature stored energy, and graphite burning experiments are reportcd for the BNL Research Reactor. The following subjccts are discussed in the appendixes: control of radiation damage in a graphitc reactor; annealing of graphite moderator structure in the BNL; annealing operation in BN… more
Date: October 31, 1959
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URANIUM ALLOY POWDERS BY DIRECT REDUCTION OF OXIDES

Description: A process is outlined for the production of uranium alloy powders by co- reduction of mintures of uranium oxide and alloy element oxides. The reduction of mechanical mintures of the oxides of uranium and alloy element with calcium in a sealed reaction vessel is shown to produce powder wtth a variation in particle composition, although of consistert composition over various size fractions. The particular alloy systems which are considered are uranium--nickel, uranium-- chromium, uranium --molybd… more
Date: October 31, 1959
Creator: Myers, R.H. & Robins, R.G.
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Fuel Elements Conference Held at Gatlinburg, Tennessee, May 14-16, 1958

Description: The fuel element conference provided a favorable medium for presentation and discussion of recent developments in the field of solid fuel elements. The conference was designed to replace the more general Metallurgy Information Meetings held annually in the past. The scope of the meeting embraced the design fabrication, performance, and material problems of fuel elements. (W.D.M)
Date: October 31, 1959
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PROCEEDINGS OF THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ON GRAPHITE REACTORS, HELD AT BROOKHAVEN NATIONAL LABORATORY , NOVEMBER 12 TO 15, 1957

Description: Twenty-eight of the thirty-five papers presented at the conference are included with discussions. Abstracts of the remaining seven papers are given. The seven sessions were devoted to: radiation effects on graphite, nuclear properties of graphitc, graphite lattice reactivities, chemistry of graphite, chemical reactions between liquid Na and Zr, slug canning fer the ORNL Graphite Reactor, and critical assemblies. Separate abstracts have been prepared for each of the twentyeight papers. (T.R.H.)
Date: October 31, 1959
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Quarterly Progress Report for the Period July 1 to September 30, 1958

Description: An evaluation and the resulting conclusions of work performed are given for each project in which definitive progress was made. The principle progress consisted of: obtaining promising fuel fabrication results from production scale investigations of simplified UO/sub 2/ preparations methods, presintering operation elimination, increasing pellet densities and reductions of UO/sub 2/ losses; successfully brazing a ninety-five inch long experimental fuel subassembly in which all joints, including … more
Date: October 31, 1959
Creator: Garbe, R. W. & Walchli, H. E.
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Sodium Reactor Experiment (Sre) Shielding Evaluation for Thermal Neutron Streaming at Reactor Vessel Coolant Pipe Penetrations

Description: The experimental program performed in the SRE auxiliary and main primary galleries was part of a program to determine the adequacy of the shielding configuration for the SRE. The work discussed in this report is concerned with analysis of neutron streaming at coolant pipe penetrations of the reactor vessel, analysis of the shielding required, testing and evaluation of recommended shielding, and measurement and correlation of neutron streaming in labyrinths with theory. The activation analysis m… more
Date: October 31, 1959
Creator: Anderson, F. D.
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Development of Uranium Nitride-Stainless Steel Dispersion Fuel Elements

Description: In research in support of the GCRE, procedures for the fabrication of stainless steel-clad flat-plate fuel elements having a core of 28 w/o UN dispersed in an iron-18 w/o chromium--14 w/o nickel--2.5 w/o molybdenum matrix were developed. The preparation of UN and its compatibility with the components of the matrix alloy were studied. The UN for the program was prepared by nitriding uranium metal at 850 C and then dissociating the U/sub 2/N/sub 3/ produced to UN in a vacuum at 1300 C. In compati… more
Date: July 31, 1959
Creator: Paprocki, S. J.; Keller, D. L.; Cunningham, G. W. & Foulds Jr., A. K.
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Monthly Progress Report for the Period September 1 to 30, 1958

Description: A 95-inch experimental Yankee sub-assembly was successfully brazed at 1890 plus or minus 10 for three hours then furnace cooled. All of the joints, outside ferrules, and control rod rubbing strips showed a brazed flllet. Dimensional surveys and joint strength studies indicate that two brazing techniques appear feasible for subassemblies. Codings for computers for use in core design problems are described. A series of criticality calculations for the three water-to-metal volume ratios of the Yan… more
Date: October 31, 1959
Creator: Garbe, R. W. & Walchli, H. E.
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APPLIED HEALTH PHYSICS SEMI-ANNUAL REPORT FOR JULY 1956-DECEMBER 1956

Description: Routine monitoring procedures are summarized. Based on samples collected by continuous air monitors, the wcekly average value for air contamiration in the laboratory area was 1.98 x 10/sup -12/ mu c/cc. Radioactive fall-out was determined by measuring the total activity and total number of particles collected on gum paper fall-out trays. Two peak periods of activity in July and September were concluded to be the result of weapons tests. Meteorological data are tabulated. Data are included from … more
Date: October 31, 1959
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ELK RIVER REACTOR. Quarterly Project Report for December 1958 January- February 1959

Description: Design and construction are proceeding satisfactorily. Fuel capsule irradiation studies are progressing, and preparation of specifications for fuel elements and assemblies is almost complete. Other design, development, and construction progress is reported. Instrumentation developments are described. Reactor physics studies are reported. (For preceding period see AECU-4013.) (T.R.H.)
Date: October 31, 1959
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