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Preliminary Design Study for a Sodium-Graphite-Reactor Irradiation Facility

Description: The results of an investigation to integrate a Na/sup 24/ irradiation processing facility with an operating sodium graphite reactor are presented. An irradiation facility incorporated into a reference SGR (Hallam Nuclear Power Facility, Hallam, Nebraska) is described. Development of the facility application, preliminary design criteria and capital and operating costs are discussed. Recommendations for further development of the technology and economics of this type of irradiation facility are i… more
Date: January 31, 1959
Creator: Thompson, D.S. & Benaroya, V.
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Estimate of the Fast Effect in the Lid Tank Source Plate

Description: An estimate was made of the fast effect in the lid tank source plate. The number of fast fissions per thermal fission is 0.019. (auth)
Date: March 31, 1959
Creator: Dresner, L.
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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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Fabrication of the PRTR Zircaloy-2 High Pressure Process Tubes

Description: Development of a fabrication process and the manufacture of 95 PRTR process tubes demonstrates that the commercial fabrication of high quality Zircaloy-2 pressure tubing is feasible.
Date: July 31, 1959
Creator: Knecht, R. L.
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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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The Hard-Core Pinch. Part I

Description: It is well known that a pinch column with internal H/sub Z/ and external conducting shell can be made grossly stable, but that small-scale instabilities persist; especiaily in the tubular region of maximum current density. To investigate further these small-scale instabilities of the stabilized pinch,'' we are using 12-in.-i.d. linear pinch tube with a 3-in.-o.d. insulated center rod. By controlling a current along this rod, as well as a current along external conducting straps, and a third cur… more
Date: July 31, 1959
Creator: Birdsall, D.H.; Colgate, S.A. & Furth, H.P.
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THE HARD-CORE PINCH. PART II

Description: The toroidal version of the hard-core pinch tube is created by levitating a ring conductor inside a toroidal shell. The magnitude of induced H/ sub theta / necessary for levi-tation is small in terms of field strengths normally desired for energetic pinches. In a 3-in. glass-and-copper toroid of square cross section a 3/4-in. hollow copper ring has been levitated with a 60- cycle current of 3 kiloamperes. A 12-in stainless steel tube of round cross section is being built. The stability of nearv… more
Date: July 31, 1959
Creator: Birdsall, D.H.; Colgate, S.A. & Furth, H.P.
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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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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 to 12OO deg 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 an… more
Date: July 31, 1959
Creator: Cherubini, J. H. & Leitten, C. F. Jr.
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CALCULATION OF RADIAL NEUTRON-FLUX DISTRIBUTION IN EGCR LATTICE CELL

Description: The neutron flux distributions in an EGCR cell containing seven and clusters of 2.0 and 2.6a enriched uranium odde were obtained by using a one- velocity, one-dimensional P-3 solution to the neutron transport equation and adjusting fluxes in the fuel cluster in a manner which is consistent with previous comparisons of experiments and calculated distributions. Flux traverses in the outer rod perpendicular to diameter of the cluster are also presented. (auth)
Date: August 31, 1959
Creator: DeBoer, T. K.
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Decomposition of Nitrous Oxide Final Report. Period Covered: February 19, 1959-August 18, 1959

Description: The decomposition of N/sub 2/O in a reactor tube containing various fixed-bed catalysts was investigated at 200 to 700 deg C, space velocities of 250, 1250, and 2500 vol. of gas per vol. of catalyst per hr, and various gas mixture compositions. As catalysts, En at 500 deg C and Pd at 650 deg C both gave satisfactory results. NO/sub 2/ was formed with all these catalysts, the amount increasing as the residual N/sub 2/O decreased. (C.J.G.)
Date: August 31, 1959
Creator: Zufall, J. H. & Miller, H. S.
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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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Pathfinder Atomic Power Plant Measurements of Nuclear Parameters of Boiler and Superheater Lattices

Description: Experiments are described which were designed to yield information pertinent to the evaluation of the nuclear parameters of various fuel-moderator lattices in the environment of the Sioux Falls Power Reactor (Controlled Recirculation Boiling Reactor) core. The test lattice section was enclosed in an element which replaced one of the fuel elements of the Penn State Reactor. Parameters measured were U/sup 236/ neutron capture cadmium ratio, space-averaged thermal neutron flux ratios, and reactivi… more
Date: August 31, 1959
Creator: Jacobs, A. & Vollmer, R.H.
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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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VARIABLE MODERATOR REACTOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. Quarterly Progress Report No. 1

Description: Development of the boiling water UO/sub 2/ fueled Variable Moderator Reactor (VMR) is conducted under contract for the USAEC. The initiation and progress of work under Phase I of the contract, Physics and Kinetic Analysis and Initial Evaluation,'' and the preparation for Phase II, Critical Experiment and Analysis of Results,'' are reported. A hydrodynamic flow sheet representing the sequence of calculations for the BOCH program was prepared. A preliminary block diagram of the kinetics model of … more
Date: August 31, 1959
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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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Diffusion of Uranium with Various Transitional Metals; DIFFUSION DE L'URANIUM AVEC QUELQUES METAUX DE TRANSITION

Description: The diffusion process in uranium and its alloys was studied from 550 to 1075 deg C with diffusion couples of U with Zr, Mo, Ti, and Nb and with the alloys U--Nb and U--Mo. A brief description is given of the experimental methods. Results relative to the concentration-penetration curves are presented, and the coefficients of diffusion are calculated. The equilibrium diagram was established for the U--Zr system. The results obtained by micrographic examination, microhardness measurements, and aut… more
Date: October 31, 1959
Creator: Adda, Y. & Philibert, J.
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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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ELK RIVER REACTOR. Quarterly Project Report for March-April-May 1959

Description: An alternate design of the Elk River Reactor was completed during the quarter. Three points were emphasized in the study: performance capability to provide 116 Mw(th) output; fuel costs of the reference design versus alternate fuel media and cladding; and reactor control modifications to provide sufficient reactivlty to eliminate soluble hold down'' poisons, permit higher power operation and obtain a greater fuel life. Work is summarized on fuel element and material development progra… more
Date: October 31, 1959
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AN EVALUATION OF MERCURY COOLED BREEDER REACTORS

Description: Under the New Reactor Concepts Evaluation Program sponsored by the United States Atomic Energy Commission. Advanced Technology Laboratories (a Division of American Radiator & Standard Sanitary Corporation) has undertaken am investigation of the technical feasibility and economic potential of the use of boiling mercury as a coolant for fast breeder reactors The investigation was performed between January 1, 1959, and October 31. 1959. This is the final report on that investigation and is submitt… more
Date: October 31, 1959
Creator: Bradfute, John O.; Battles, Donald W.; Clark, George S.; Corridan, Robert E.; Gellenbeck, Edward T.; Kavanagh, Devereux L. et al.
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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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