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Title: Process for alloying uranium and niobium

Abstract

Alloys such as U-6Nb are prepared by forming a stacked sandwich array of uraniun sheets and niobium powder disposed in layers between the sheets, heating the array in a vacuum induction melting furnace to a temperature such as to melt the uranium, holding the resulting mixture at a temperature above the melting point of uranium until the niobium dissolves in the uranium, and casting the uranium-niobium solution. Compositional uniformity in the alloy product is enabled by use of the sandwich structure of uranium sheets and niobium powder.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [3]
  1. Farragut, TN
  2. (Oak Ridge, TN)
  3. Knoxville, TN
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
867771
Patent Number(s):
5006306
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
C - CHEMISTRY C22 - METALLURGY C22C - ALLOYS
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-84OR21400
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
process; alloying; uranium; niobium; alloys; u-6nb; prepared; forming; stacked; sandwich; array; uraniun; sheets; powder; disposed; layers; heating; vacuum; induction; melting; furnace; temperature; melt; holding; resulting; mixture; dissolves; casting; uranium-niobium; solution; compositional; uniformity; alloy; product; enabled; structure; resulting mixture; alloy product; induction melting; niobium alloys; niobium alloy; melting furnace; /420/148/

Citation Formats

Holcombe, Cressie E, Northcutt, Jr., Walter G., Masters, David R, and Chapman, Lloyd R. Process for alloying uranium and niobium. United States: N. p., 1991. Web.
Holcombe, Cressie E, Northcutt, Jr., Walter G., Masters, David R, & Chapman, Lloyd R. Process for alloying uranium and niobium. United States.
Holcombe, Cressie E, Northcutt, Jr., Walter G., Masters, David R, and Chapman, Lloyd R. Tue . "Process for alloying uranium and niobium". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/867771.
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abstractNote = {Alloys such as U-6Nb are prepared by forming a stacked sandwich array of uraniun sheets and niobium powder disposed in layers between the sheets, heating the array in a vacuum induction melting furnace to a temperature such as to melt the uranium, holding the resulting mixture at a temperature above the melting point of uranium until the niobium dissolves in the uranium, and casting the uranium-niobium solution. Compositional uniformity in the alloy product is enabled by use of the sandwich structure of uranium sheets and niobium powder.},
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year = {1991},
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