Quarterly report, physics unit, January, February, March, 1954 [electronic resource].
- Washington, D.C. : United States. Dept. of Energy, 1954.
Oak Ridge, Tenn. : Distributed by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Dept. of Energy.
- Physical Description:
- 49 pages : digital, PDF file
- Additional Creators:
- General Electric Company
United States. Department of Energy
United States. Department of Energy. Office of Scientific and Technical Information
- A new method of calculating neutron distributions in a cylinder which has appreciable absorption is described. Measurements and calculations on the small-source theory treatment of resonance absorption in U-238 are given. Experimental measurements are reported of the bucklings of lattices utilizing hollow uranium slugs. The effects of varying amounts of cooling water in a graphite-uranium lattice have been measured. A detailed mathematical fitting of experimental reactivity data has been started; some initial results are given here. Curves showing the periods of the lattice testing reactor under various conditions have been calculated in connection with a study of the nuclear safety of this reactor. A method for calculating the critical mass and an estimate (4.4 kg of-U-235) thereof is presented. A technique for measuring the conversion efficiency for U-233 production of Hanford-type lattices is being developed. In connection with the study of the temperature coefficient of reactivity, an analysis has been made of the errors in reactivity change estimates produced by errors in cross-section measurements. The dependence of Pu-240 content in product plutonium on the flux level at which irradiation takes place, which is produced by the 23-day half life of Np-239 is worked out in some detail. An experiment for assisting the design of an internal source for Hanford piles is outlined. A possible pile load capable of simultaneous U-233 and tritium production is described. A comparison of the conversion efficiencies of thorium metal and thorium oxide is given. Based on some recent production data, a new estimate of 0.65 for the tritium conversion efficiency is obtained. This figure includes separations losses.
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- Type of Report and Period Covered Note:
- Topical; 04/01/1954 - 04/01/1954
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