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Title: Calculation of Void in the Fort Saint Vrain Material

Abstract

The percent void of the Fort Saint Vrain (FSV) material is estimated to be 21.1% based on the volume of the gap at the top of the drums, the volume of the coolant channels in the FSV fuel element, and the volume of the fuel handling channel in the FSV fuel element.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Environmental Management (EM)
OSTI Identifier:
1357099
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-17-23872
DOE Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS

Citation Formats

Potter, David Charles, Taylor, Craig Michael, and Coons, James Elmer. Calculation of Void in the Fort Saint Vrain Material. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.2172/1357099.
Potter, David Charles, Taylor, Craig Michael, & Coons, James Elmer. Calculation of Void in the Fort Saint Vrain Material. United States. doi:10.2172/1357099.
Potter, David Charles, Taylor, Craig Michael, and Coons, James Elmer. Thu . "Calculation of Void in the Fort Saint Vrain Material". United States. doi:10.2172/1357099. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1357099.
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abstractNote = {The percent void of the Fort Saint Vrain (FSV) material is estimated to be 21.1% based on the volume of the gap at the top of the drums, the volume of the coolant channels in the FSV fuel element, and the volume of the fuel handling channel in the FSV fuel element.},
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year = {Thu May 11 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
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