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Plutonium Release Incident at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Description: A nonnuclear explosion involving an evaporator occurred in a shielded cell in the Radiochemical Processing Pilot plant at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Plutonium released from the processing cell contaminated areas in the pilot plant building and nearby streets and building surfaces. The explosion is considered the result of rapid reaction of nitrated organic compounds formed by the inadvertent nitration of about 14 liters of a proprietary decontaminating reagent.
Date: January 10, 1961
Creator: King, L. J. & Bresee. J. C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Unit Operations Section Monthly Progress Report September 1960

Description: Measurements of the interfacial tension between water and tributyl phosphate solutions were made for application to the analysis of Marengoni effect in solvent extraction. A 24 hr flame calcination run to product Th02 particles yielded 40% as product and 54% collected from the furnace walls and from a coarse particle trap. The elution rates of uranyl ion from Dowex 21K using sodium nitrate could be approximated by assuming apparent diffusion coefficients of 1.67 x 10^-7 and 1.18 x 10 ^-7 cm^2/s… more
Date: January 27, 1961
Creator: Whatley, M. E.; Haas, P. A.; Horton, R. W.; Ryon, A. D.; Suddath, J. C. & Watson, C. D.
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Conceptual Design of a 300-Mwe Paste-Fueled Fast Breeder Power Reactor

Description: "This report describes the conceptual design of 300 Mwe fast breeder reactor power plant that utilizes a paste-fuel system consisting of small, spherical particles settled in sodium" (p. 7). It includes a discussion of the paste-fuel system, the design of the core and blanket structure with analysis, a description of the fuel-handling system, processes for fabricating and processing the fuel, and schematics.
Date: October 1961
Creator: Blessing, W. G.; Bowers, S. D.; Hennig, R. J.; Huebotter, P. R.; Jens, W. H.; Kovacic, E. C. et al.
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High Power Density Development Project Sixth Quarterly Progress Report: July-September 1961

Description: During the quarter the development program was continued as scheduled. Milestones that were reached included the successful irradiation of prototype Big Rock fuel bundles in VBWR to a level above 2500 MWD/T with power densities as high as 88 kw/1. Also completed was the scheduling computer specification followed by a formal solicitation of bids through the AEC. A summary of progress by task is presented here.
Date: 1961
Creator: Holland, L. K.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Control Worth of B4C Rods

Description: This report considers the theoretical evaluation of a system for gaining increased control strength and increased control lifetime and presents a theoretical model which is applicable to conventional multigroup diffusion theory.
Date: August 30, 1961
Creator: Pomraning, G. C. (Gerald C.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Plan For VBWR Stability Experiment

Description: Stability tests are to be made in the VBWR (boiling water reactor). The tests are of three types: steady state measurements, rod oscillator tests, and transient tests.
Date: August 30, 1961
Creator: Cook, W. H.; Hodde, J. A.; Howard, C. L. & Niemi, R. O.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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High Performance UO2 Program Quarterly Progress Report Number 2: July-September 1961

Description: The primary purpose of this joint USAEC-Euratom program is to obtain a better understanding if the maximum achievable operating characteristics of UO2 as a reactor fuel. During the program work will be performed in two areas that have been of concern to reactor core designers for a long time, namely fission gas release and central melting in fuel rods.
Date: October 1, 1961
Creator: Weidenbaum, B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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High Performance UO2 Program First Quarterly Progress Report: April-June 1961

Description: A better understanding of the maximum operating characteristics that can be achieved with the use of UO2 as a reactor fuel is the primary purpose of this program for Euratom and the Atomic Energy Commission. During this program work will be undertaken in two areas that have been of concern to the reactor core designer for a long time, viz. fission gas release and central melting in fuel rods.
Date: July 1, 1961
Creator: Weidenbaum, B
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Pressure Drop of Multi-Rod Elements With Helical Spring Spacers

Description: The pressure drop of a new fuel element design concept of spacing rods by means of helical wire springs was investigated experimentally and analytically.
Date: June 1961
Creator: Quinn, E. P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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High Power Density Development Project Fourth Quarterly Progress Report : January - March 1961

Description: The fourth quarter of effort applied to the Consumers R & D Program is summarized in the following: high power density fuel development, fuel fabrication development, stability, heat transfer and fluid flow, physics development, operation planning and test coordination.
Date: April 1, 1961
Creator: Holland, L. K.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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The Development of a Scheduling Computer For The Big Rock Plant

Description: The basic work for development of a scheduling computer for the Consumers' Big Rock Plant is outlined in this report. The computer's purpose is to make feasible higher power densities by operation closer to fuel element burnout limits, and to maximize fuel burnup.
Date: 1961
Creator: Beckjord, Eric S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Erosion Experiments of Powder Compacted Uranium Dioxide Under Dynamic Steam Flow (Preliminary Report)

Description: Experiments were carried out to determine the erosion, oxidation and dimensional characteristics of purposely defected fuel elements containing unsintered UO2 powder prepared by the swaging technique. The experiments were conducted in an out-of-reactor loop under superheat conditions of pressure, temperature, flow velocity and steam chemical composition.
Date: March 21, 1961
Creator: Spalaris, C. N.; Comprelli, F. A. & Siegler, M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Compilation of Techniques Used By Vallecitos Radioactive Materials Laboratory

Description: Equipment and techniques for remote examination of irradiated fuel assemblies applicable to the Maritime Program are described. The following subjects are covered: visual and photographic examination, dimensional measurements, gamma activity scanning, fission gas release and fuel rod void volume determinations, density measurements, metallographic examination, and radiochemical burnup analysis.
Date: February 1961
Creator: Brandt, F. A.; Mathay, P. W. & Zimmerman, D. L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Maritime Loop Irrradiation Program - Savannah I Fuel Irradiation: Progress Report First and Second Quarters, July, 1960-January, 1961

Description: The General Electric Company is proceeding with an irradiation program to proof test a representative array of Savannah I fuel rods. Irradiation of a test assembly containing Savannah I fuel rods has begun and it is proposed that the results of this irradiation will permit an advance evaluation of the fuel performance and fuel burnup in the Savannah I reactor. This report covers the first two quarters of the reporting period. All aspects of the subject program have been consolidated and applica… more
Date: February 13, 1961
Creator: Marburger, I. L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Large High Power Density Core - Interim Report I: Physics Description of Reference Design

Description: A reference design of a large high power density core has been established representing the available technology as of August, 1960. Reference core performance and cost should improve considerably after incorporation of improvements now under study.
Date: February 3, 1961
Creator: Miller, C. L.
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VARI-II

Description: Writing the VARI-II Program was motivated by the need for a method of analyzing the results for the Absorber Burn-Up Experiment in progress at the Vallecitos Atomic Laboratory.
Date: March 10, 1961
Creator: Russell, J. L. (John L.), Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Preliminary Hazards Summary Report For The Vallecitos Superheat Reactor

Description: This Preliminary Hazards Summary Report has been prepared for submission to the United States Atomic Energy Commission in compliance with Part 50 of the regulations governing the licensing of production or utilization facilities, pursuant to the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, and contains the general information required by 10 CFR 50.34.
Date: February 1, 1961
Creator: General Electric Company
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Swaging Over Unground Pellets

Description: This study was designed to determine how swaging stainless steel over unground pellets will affect the integrity of fuel rods, and to find maximum pellet diameter variation that can be tolerated.
Date: January 25, 1961
Creator: Brown, R. L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Low Frequency Amplifier IH-130-1

Description: A tranistorized d.c. coupled amplifier having very good gain stability, as well as very low drift of the output d.c. level, has been designed. Low frequency input signals with an amplitude of .04 to 2 volts peak-to-peak, approximately, coming from a low impedance source (voice soil of a speaker system) are amplified to an approximate peak-to-peak amplitude of 4 volts. The output is intended to drive a load of the order of 100 kohm.
Date: October 23, 1961
Creator: Llacer, Jorge
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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