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Fission Product Release from UO2 and by High Temperature Diffusion and Melting in Helium and Air.

Description: The experimental demonstration of fission product release from over heated reactor fuel is necessarily subject in many respects to the arbitrary conditions imposed by the experimenter. Since an almost infinite latitude exists in the choice of materials, atmospheres, gas, velocities, temperatures etc., some allowance for an extrapolation to alternate conditions is definitely in order. The conditions imposed in this study are best described as those most likely to maximize fission product release… more
Date: February 8, 1961
Creator: Parker, G. W.; Creek, G. E. & Martin, W. J.
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Design Study of a Pebble-Bed Reactor Power Plant

Description: Sanderson & Porter have carried out a series of studies over the last four years which indicate that the pebble-bed reactor way be an attractive way to obtain low-cost power. At the request of the Atomic Energy Commission, two design studies have been carried out on this concept at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The first of these a preliminary design of a 10-Mw(t) reactor experiment, the PRRE, was initiated September 10, and a report on the study was issued November 1960. The second phase … more
Date: May 11, 1961
Creator: Fraas, A. P.; Carlsmith, R. S.; Corum, J. M. & Foster, J.
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Chemical Development Section C Progress Report for October-November 1960

Description: Studies are being made on the recovery of thorium (and uranium) from granitic rock, since this source represents a very large potential thorium reserve for the nuclear power industry. In preliminary leaching studies on 16 granite samples (containing 8-95 ppm thorium and 1.5-16 ppm uranium), maximum recoveries of thorium and uranium ranged 30-85% and 15-65% respectively, and sulfuric acid consumption was high (30-120 lbs H2SO4 per ton of granite). A relatively high acidity was needed to obtain r… more
Date: March 3, 1961
Creator: Brown, K. B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Radioactivation Analysis

Description: The development of nuclear reactors and other sources of nuclear particles has provided the analyst with a new method which has been successfully applied to the determination of microgram and even submicrogram quantities of many elements. In this method, known as "radioactivation analysis," the element to be determined is "activated" through some type of nuclear reaction which produces a radioactive isotope of the element. Since the radioisotope produced decays with its own characteristic radia… more
Date: September 22, 1961
Creator: Leddicotte, G. W.
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Preliminary Design of a 10-Mw(t) Pebble-Bed Reactor Experiment

Description: The objectives of this study have been to examine the problems of the pebble-bed reactor concept and to conceive a design of a facility for investigating the feasibility of this type of reactor. The design must provide for adequate leaktightness of the contaminated-gas system and adequate maintenance of contaminated components, the most vital feasibility questions of the concept.
Date: May 8, 1961
Creator: Fraas, A. P.; Carlsmith, R. S. & Corum, J. M.
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Electrical and Electronic Symbols & Drawing Committee

Description: This manual represents the recommendations of the Instrumentation and Controls Division committee on Electrical and Electronic Symbols and Drawing that have been issued to date. Section I consists of copies of the American Standards Association Graphical Symbols for Electrical Diagrams, with certain variations or additions that have been recommended by the Committee to clarify or more positively identify the device or element symbolized. Since publication of the present ASA standards, certain e… more
Date: November 1961
Creator: Bates, A.E.G
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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