1988 K
36 pp.
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TitleOperational Readiness Review Plan for the Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator Materials Production Tasks
Author(s)Cooper, R. H.; Martin, M. M.; Riggs, C. R.; Beatty, R. L.; Ohriner, E. K.; Escher, R. N.
Publication DateApril 19, 1990
Report NumberORNL/M 1137
Unique IdentifierACC0164
Other NumbersLegacy ID: DE90012026; OSTI ID: 6918590
Research OrgOak Ridge National Laboratory [ORNL], TN (USA)
Contract NoAC05-84OR21400
Sponsoring OrgDOE/NE [U.S. Department of Energy, Nuclear Energy]
Subject300303 - Thermoelectric Generators - Materials, Components, & Auxiliaries; 070300 - Isotopic Power Supplies; Composite Materials - Manufacturers; Iridium Alloys Manufacturers; Program Management; Space Vehicle Components - Manufacturers; Space Vehicles - Power Systems; Thermoelectric Generators; Launching; ORNL; Planning; Plutonium Oxides; Safety; Thermal Insulation
KeywordsActinide Compounds; Alloys; Chalcogenides; Direct Energy Converters; Energy Systems; Management; Materials; National Organizations; Oxides; Oxygen Compounds; Platinum Metal Alloys; Plutonium Compounds; Transuranium Compounds; US AEC; US DOE; US ERDA; US Organizations; Vehicles
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AbstractIn October 1989, a US shuttle lifted off from Cape Kennedy carrying the spacecraft Galileo on its mission to Jupiter. In November 1990, a second spacecraft, Ulysses, will be launched from Cape Kennedy with a mission to study the polar regions of the sun. The prime source of power for both spacecraft is a series of radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs), which use plutonium oxide (plutonia) as a heat source. Several of the key components in this power system are required to ensure the safety of both the public and the environment and were manufactured at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in the 1980 to 1983 period. For these two missions, Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc. (Energy Systems), will provide an iridium alloy component used to contain the plutonia heat source and a carbon composite material that serves as a thermal insulator. ORNL alone will continue to fabricate the carbon composite material. Because of the importance to DOE that Energy Systems deliver these high quality components on time, performance of an Operational Readiness Review (ORR) of these manufacturing activities is necessary. Energy Systems Policy GP 24 entitled "Operational Readiness Process" describes the formal and comprehensive process by which appropriate Energy Systems activities are to be reviewed to ensure their readiness. This Energy System policy is aimed at reducing the risks associated with mission success and requires a management approved "readiness plan" to be issued. This document is the readiness plan for the RTG materials production tasks.
1988 K
36 pp.
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