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Title: Characterization of Delta Phase Plutonium Metal

Abstract

The FB-Line facility has developed the capability to recast plutonium metal using an M-18 reduction furnace with a new casting chamber. Plutonium metal is recast by charging a standard FB-Line magnesia crucible and placing the charge in the casting chamber. The loaded casting chamber is raised into the M-18 reduction furnace and sealed against the furnace head using a copper gasket following the same procedure used for a bomb reduction run. The interior volume of the chamber is evacuated and backfilled with argon gas. The M-18 motor-generator set is used to heat the surface of the casting chamber to nominally 750 Degrees C. Within about 2 hr, the plutonium metal reaches its melting temperature of approximately 640 Degrees C.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Savannah River Site (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
US Department of Energy (US)
OSTI Identifier:
763269
Report Number(s):
WSRC-TR-99-00448
TRN: US0004672
DOE Contract Number:
AC09-96SR18500
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 21 Sep 2000
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; CASTING; CRUCIBLES; FURNACES; PLUTONIUM; SAVANNAH RIVER PLANT; PHASE STUDIES

Citation Formats

Rudisill, T.S.. Characterization of Delta Phase Plutonium Metal. United States: N. p., 2000. Web. doi:10.2172/763269.
Rudisill, T.S.. Characterization of Delta Phase Plutonium Metal. United States. doi:10.2172/763269.
Rudisill, T.S.. 2000. "Characterization of Delta Phase Plutonium Metal". United States. doi:10.2172/763269. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/763269.
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title = {Characterization of Delta Phase Plutonium Metal},
author = {Rudisill, T.S.},
abstractNote = {The FB-Line facility has developed the capability to recast plutonium metal using an M-18 reduction furnace with a new casting chamber. Plutonium metal is recast by charging a standard FB-Line magnesia crucible and placing the charge in the casting chamber. The loaded casting chamber is raised into the M-18 reduction furnace and sealed against the furnace head using a copper gasket following the same procedure used for a bomb reduction run. The interior volume of the chamber is evacuated and backfilled with argon gas. The M-18 motor-generator set is used to heat the surface of the casting chamber to nominally 750 Degrees C. Within about 2 hr, the plutonium metal reaches its melting temperature of approximately 640 Degrees C.},
doi = {10.2172/763269},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = 2000,
month = 9
}

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