Accession Number : AD0623568

Title :   TECHNICAL AND PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS OF AMMUNITION INSPECTION WITH ISOTOPE RADIOGRAPHY.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : WATERTOWN ARSENAL LABS MASS

Personal Author(s) : Rodgers,Ernest H.

Report Date : MAR 1958

Pagination or Media Count : 20

Abstract : This study was undertaken to determine the technical feasibility of utilizing radio-isotopes for radiography of ammunition both in current production and under emergency conditions. At the present time there appears to be no general answer as to whether the radio-isotope technique will prove feasible for the solution of a particular type of problem. Each must be analyzed individually with extreme care and precise techniques. Under current production levels the use of radio-isotopes for radiographic inspection of ammunition should not be considered. This statement is made because of the fact that there are, currently, many and varied types of X-ray machines available and in operation within the Ordnance Corps as well as in private industry. Utilizing conventional X-ray machines, industrial radiography of ammunition can be accomplished speedily, economically, and safely while acquiring the desired inspection quality. The thickness level, in the case of ammunition inspection, is not prohibitive of isotope radiography, but the necessary quality levels and the shapes of the components are not considered conducive to acceptable inspection results. Under emergency conditions isotope radiography of ammunition could be accomplished speedily, economically, and with safety. The most important factor, that of inspection quality, was intentionally omitted because it is felt that the acceptable quality levels would have to be revised and standards lowered, under emergency conditions, if isotope radiography were to be employed. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*AMMUNITION, RADIOGRAPHY), (*RADIOACTIVE ISOTOPES, RADIOGRAPHY), (*RADIOGRAPHY, RADIOACTIVE ISOTOPES), (*NUCLEAR INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS, RADIOGRAPHY), ORDNANCE, QUALITY CONTROL, NONDESTRUCTIVE TESTING, FEASIBILITY STUDIES

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE