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Title: Automated Metrology System for Pu 238

Abstract

Under a collaborative partnership between the NASA and DOE, a new automated measurement system developed by ORNL will ensure quality production of plutonium-238 while reducing handling by workers. NASA has funded ORNL and other national laboratories to develop a process that will restore US production capability of Pu-238 for the first time since the late 1980s when the Savannah River Plant ceased production. ORNL has produced and separated about 100 grams of the material and plans to scale up the process over the next several years to meet demand to power NASA deep space missions.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE; National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA)
OSTI Identifier:
1345501
Resource Type:
Multimedia
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; 79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; ORNL; NASA; AUTOMATED METROLOGY STATION; PU-238; NEPTUNIAN PELLET FABRICATION PROCESS; DEEP SPACE MISSIONS

Citation Formats

Wunderlich, Richard J. Automated Metrology System for Pu 238. United States: N. p., 2017. Web.
Wunderlich, Richard J. Automated Metrology System for Pu 238. United States.
Wunderlich, Richard J. Wed . "Automated Metrology System for Pu 238". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1345501.
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abstractNote = {Under a collaborative partnership between the NASA and DOE, a new automated measurement system developed by ORNL will ensure quality production of plutonium-238 while reducing handling by workers. NASA has funded ORNL and other national laboratories to develop a process that will restore US production capability of Pu-238 for the first time since the late 1980s when the Savannah River Plant ceased production. ORNL has produced and separated about 100 grams of the material and plans to scale up the process over the next several years to meet demand to power NASA deep space missions.},
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place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {3}
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