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Title: Neutron-absorber release device

Abstract

A resettable device is provided for supporting an object, sensing when an environment reaches a critical temperature and releasing the object when the critical temperature is reached. It includes a flexible container having a material inside with a melting point at the critical temperature. The object's weight is supported by the solid material which gives rigidity to the container until the critical temperature is reached at which point the material in the container melts. The flexible container with the now fluid material inside has insufficient strength to support the object which is thereby released. Biasing means forces the container back to its original shape so that when the temperature falls below the melting temperature the material again solidifies, and the object may again be supported by the device.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. Hinsdale, IL
  2. Evergreen Park, IL
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
862701
Patent Number(s):
US 3992257
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States Energy (Washington, DC)
DOE Contract Number:  
W-31109-ENG-38
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
neutron-absorber; release; device; resettable; provided; supporting; sensing; environment; reaches; critical; temperature; releasing; reached; flexible; container; material; inside; melting; weight; supported; solid; rigidity; melts; fluid; insufficient; strength; support; released; biasing; means; forces; original; shape; falls; below; solidifies; release device; material inside; original shape; fluid material; flexible container; melting temperature; critical temperature; solid material; sufficient strength; biasing means; falls below; /376/74/976/

Citation Formats

VAN Erp, Jan B, and Kimont, Edward L. Neutron-absorber release device. United States: N. p., 1976. Web.
VAN Erp, Jan B, & Kimont, Edward L. Neutron-absorber release device. United States.
VAN Erp, Jan B, and Kimont, Edward L. Thu . "Neutron-absorber release device". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/862701.
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title = {Neutron-absorber release device},
author = {VAN Erp, Jan B and Kimont, Edward L},
abstractNote = {A resettable device is provided for supporting an object, sensing when an environment reaches a critical temperature and releasing the object when the critical temperature is reached. It includes a flexible container having a material inside with a melting point at the critical temperature. The object's weight is supported by the solid material which gives rigidity to the container until the critical temperature is reached at which point the material in the container melts. The flexible container with the now fluid material inside has insufficient strength to support the object which is thereby released. Biasing means forces the container back to its original shape so that when the temperature falls below the melting temperature the material again solidifies, and the object may again be supported by the device.},
doi = {},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/862701}, journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1976},
month = {1}
}

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