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Title: Overview of the Plutonium-238 Supply Program's CERMET Production Target

Abstract

The Plutonium-238 Supply Program is tasked with establishing a reliable domestic supply of 238Pu to fuel radioisotope thermal generators in its crucial role of supporting future space exploitation. To meet this need, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory developed a robust production target design that is used to irradiate neptunium–aluminum cermet pellets to transmute the feedstock into usable 238Pu. This paper describes the target design and the innovative design features employed to improve target fabrication and assembly.

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  1. ORNL
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1502565
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space (NETS 2019) - Richland, Washington, United States of America - 2/25/2019 10:00:00 AM-2/28/2019 10:00:00 AM
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Howard, Richard H. Overview of the Plutonium-238 Supply Program's CERMET Production Target. United States: N. p., 2019. Web.
Howard, Richard H. Overview of the Plutonium-238 Supply Program's CERMET Production Target. United States.
Howard, Richard H. Fri . "Overview of the Plutonium-238 Supply Program's CERMET Production Target". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1502565.
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abstractNote = {The Plutonium-238 Supply Program is tasked with establishing a reliable domestic supply of 238Pu to fuel radioisotope thermal generators in its crucial role of supporting future space exploitation. To meet this need, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory developed a robust production target design that is used to irradiate neptunium–aluminum cermet pellets to transmute the feedstock into usable 238Pu. This paper describes the target design and the innovative design features employed to improve target fabrication and assembly.},
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