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Hastelloy F Dissolver Installation in 321 Building

Description: Hastelloy F is a prime contender as a material of construction for plant dissolvers in the power fuel reprocessing program. Consequently, the fabrication and installation of dissolver was undertaken to delineate any unknown problems associated with the use of Hastelloy F; and, at the same time, to provide a vessel for development studies on the Niflex or the Sulfex processes. The purpose of this report is to describe the actual basis for design as well as to present the problems encountered during the fabrication of the vessels.
Date: May 25, 1959
Creator: Cooley, C. R.
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Design Criteria of a Consumable Electrode Welder for Water Mixing Fuel Elements

Description: During the period when the writer mixing fuel element was being evaluated, a small Litton glass lathe and a General Electric Fillerarc welder were used to weld the mixing spool to the fuel element. Due to the condition of these units and to the numerous difficulties encountered with them, it was deemed necessary to design and procure a semi automatic welding unit which could weld in excess of three hundred fuel elements per day.
Date: May 12, 1959
Creator: Hanson. G. R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Radial Thermal Flux Traverses in Natural Uranium - Graphite Lattices

Description: The spatial distribution of thermal neutrons in a reactor lattices cell is of fundamental importance for many reasons. First of all, this information allows the determination of the relative absorption rates in each component of the cell which in turn enables a determination of the thermal utilization, and the diffusion length of the lattice. In addition, the observed spatial distributions of thermal neutrons in the lattice cell is of major interest in testing various approximations to the solution of the transport equation such as the P1 and P3 solutions.
Date: May 25, 1959
Creator: Nilson, R. & Oakes, T. J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Investigation Of Windows And Shields For Neutron Point Sources

Description: An empirical approach for the evaluation of shielding materials for macrochemical manipulations of spontaneously fissioning heavy elements (curium and californium) has revealed interesting comparisons. High-density metal halide solutions were compared with lead glass and with rare earth glass for use as shielding windows. Laminated shields of lead-paraffin and uranium-paraffin were compared with water and with paraffin for shielding walls.
Date: May 20, 1959
Creator: Browne, Howard J.; Kaufmann, John A. & Garden, Nelson B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Weldability of Hayes Alloy #25

Description: Technical report describing the process to determine the fusion welding characteristics of Haynes Alloy #25 as applied to TLJ-100530, Corrosion Loops. Hayes Stellite Alloy #25 is a cobalt-base alloy for corrosion resistant high temperature applications. This material, when welded by the inert gas shielded tungsten arc method, produces sound ductile joints. Material thicknesses greater than 12 gauge require standard joint preparations, a V joint being preferred up to 1/4 inch and a U joint for greater thicknesses. Welding heat should be kept to a minimum followed by fast cooling. The molten metal is very fluid and may present difficulties when position welding.
Date: May 19, 1959
Creator: Rogers, S. L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Braze Ring Mold for Sintering & Casting

Description: Technical report of an investigation to determine a suitable material for sintering and casting of braze rings. Braze rings afford an excellent means of preplacing braze alloy on tube to head joints of radiators, heat exchangers, and similar applications. A cast ring is especially desirable because of its increased strength. Previous efforts at casting had used welding grade carbon blocks with the desired ring cavities machined into their surface. Conclusion: Stackpole grade 331 electro-graphite provided the best results of the materials investigation. It is hard and more readily machinable with conventional tools than other grades. Carbon, in general, proved to be more satisfactory especially due its ease and speed of fabrication.
Date: May 14, 1959
Creator: Rogers, S. L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Braze Alloys v.s. Atmospheres : Final Report Project 1325

Description: Summary. At the time this project was initiated, all brazing had been confined to small retorts of ten cubic feet capacity or less. Larger assemblies were scheduled which required retorts of over 100 cubic feet capacity. Hydrogen atmospheres had given the best results, however, there was considerable reluctance to use hydrogen in these large retorts from a safety standpoint. It was thought that thru the use of PMC 2252, an argon - 2 1/2% hydrogen gas atmosphere which in non-explosive, sufficient cleaning action might be attoined without the inherent hazards encountered with hydrogen. An investigation of the argon - 2 1/2% hydrogen gas as a brazing atomosphoer
Date: May 21, 1959
Creator: Rogers, S. L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Survey: Oxidation Characteristics of Columbium and Columbium Base Alloys

Description: Unclassified experimental data concerned with the oxidation characteristics of Nb and Nb-base alloys are presented. The bulk of the results is presented in tabular form and cataloged under laboratory name sub-headings. The theory of alloy development for oxidation resistance is discussed. Methods of evaluating oxidation behavior are outlined.
Date: May 20, 1959
Creator: Clough, W. R. (William Raymond); Hirakis, E. C. & Krutenat, R. C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Liquid Metal Fuel Reactor Experiment: Dynamic Utility Test Loop

Description: This report provides an overview of the creation of the Liquid Metal Fuel Reactor Experiment program. It furthers the work by constructing a single loop to test all the components required for the 16 loop reactor. This utility loop was also constructed to provide a facility for testing various components such as valves and flow meters.
Date: May 5, 1959
Creator: Baker, O. H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Chemical Processing Department monthly report, April 1959

Description: Production of Pu from separations plants was only 58% of April commitment because of Purex difficulties. UO{sub 3} production, shipments met schedules. Pu shape production and shipments exceeded forecast by 14%. Purex HS column, repaired Oct 1958, developed another leak and was bypassed April 18, resulting in Pu and U that required reprocessing. A Palm recovery run at Purex with all- reducing flowsheet, resulted in 87% recovery and excellent decontamination of product. The prototype dual-pass silver reactor in Purex C-cell plugged with offgases. Processing of unclarified feed through Purex solvent extraction continued. Redox dissolver batch sizes for E-metal processing were increased from 1.75 to 2.0 tons. Testing of first extraction cycle acidic flowsheet at Redox continued, with Np losses to HAW being below detection limit. Ru in 1AFS stream increased 10-fold F.P. activity but was removed in acid deficient U cycles. A sulfamic acid process is being explored for dissolving Pu metal. Scope design of Redox dissolver and RMA line replacement at Z plant was completed. Shielding effectiveness of medium and high density x-ray lead glass was compared.
Date: May 21, 1959
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Losses associated with the interim purification processing of neptunium

Description: This report discusses the interim program for the production of neptunium oxide at HAPO which applies the following processing steps: isolation of neptunium from the Purex process streams, using Purex flow sheets specially adapted for this purpose; purification of the neptunium nitrate by an ion exchange process carried out in one of the Redox laboratory (222-S) multi-curie cells; and precipitation of neptunium oxalate and conversion of the oxalate to oxide in laboratory-type equipment. The process, being still in the developmental stages, is as yet subject to extreme fluctuations, both conditions and results.
Date: May 19, 1959
Creator: Harmon, K. M.
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AEC Symposium on Particle-Fluid Mechanics

Description: This report addresses the AEC symposium on particle-fluid mechanics
Date: May 13, 1959
Creator: Thomas, D. G.
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Irradiation Processing Department Monthly Record Report: April 1959

Description: This document details activities of the irradiation processing department during the month of April, 1959. A general summary is included at the start of the report, after which the report is divided into the following sections: Research and engineering operations; production and reactor operations; facilities engineering operation; employee relations operation; and financial operation.
Date: May 21, 1959
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Production test IP-255-A-9-FP E-N demonstration test

Description: The objectives of the test described in this report are to evaluate the integrity of I & E MINT fuel elements canned by the ``C`` process to determine the conversion ratio of I & E geometry E-N ``striped loadings,`` and to provide a demonstration loading for a full reactor loading incorporating a ``striped`` center loading and a fringe ``blanket`` loading. This test will involve two portions a 26 tube block loading of I & E enriched uranium and MINT fuel elements arranged in a striped array, and a 10 tube fringe blanket loading of MINT fuel elements supported by the required enriched uranium fuel columns, and accompanied by controls. Either portion may be charged independently.
Date: May 8, 1959
Creator: Hall, R. E. & Nechodom, W. S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Historical record of data on flood control

Description: Last year (1948) during the flood period the flow at Grand Coulee fluctuated widely. 2 PM, June 8, 543000 c.f.s.; 4 AM, June 9, 568000 c.f s.; 2 PM, June 9, 543000 c.f.s.; 2 AM, June 10, 573000 c.f.s. A total instantaneous fluctuations of 37,500 c.f.s. was reported. Now there is installed a new control. This control can keep downstream variation within 500 c.f.s. By lowering the lake level prior to the crest period, the drum gates could be used as flood control (1948 high water basis) the drum gate control plus the water turbine discharge (if the lake level had been reduced) could have dropped the crest at Richland three feet. a. Drop in crest at Richland one foot: Electrical loss nominal, b. Drop in crest at Richland two feet: Electrical loss 1 megawatt/foot for six generators. Loss Max possible 13,310 KW each generator, 79,860 KW total (7 days). Capacity 1,170,000 KW Max Loss 6.8% for 7 days to 10 days. c. Drop in crest at Richland three feet: Electrical loss 1 megawatt/foot for 6 generators Max possible 30,100 KW each generator 180,600 KW total 8 days. Capacity 1,170,000 KW Maximum loss 15.4% for 8 to 12 days. Actual loss, we believe is much less: For an eleven foot drop actual capacity dropped from 1,170,000 KW to 1,137,000 KW during the present winter. Contacts were re-established with Grand Coulee Control Engineers with whom we had dealt in the 1948 flood. We indicated to Grand Coulee Management, Mr. Bates, Mr. Newberry, etc., that careless control and lack of cooperation between Coulee and Hanford could be harmful and at times disastrous.
Date: May 19, 1959
Creator: Kramer, H. A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Radiation decay data of various dummies and aluminums

Description: Sections of the dummies furnished by Radiological Engineering, Process Reactor Development Operation were machined into 1/4 inch diameter by 1 inch long cylinders and irradiated in the Quickie Facility at F area. The pieces were discharged directly into a holder one foot from the Beckman chamber. The transient time from in-pile to the chamber is approximately 30 seconds. The readings were taken using a Beckman chamber, Beckman Micro-Micro Ammeter and Recorder. This system has been calibrated with Co{sup 60} sources obtained from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. We are including data taken from a sample of 61-S and 99.998 per cent aluminum which may be of interest.
Date: May 27, 1959
Creator: DeMers, A. E. & Olson, W. B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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