Accession Number : ADA321678

Title :   Production of Zirconium at Y-12,

Corporate Author : UNION CARBIDE NUCLEAR CO OAK RIDGE TN

Personal Author(s) : Ramsey, J. W. ; Whitson, W. K., Jr

PDF Url : ADA321678

Report Date : 12 OCT 1951

Pagination or Media Count : 48

Abstract : A general description is given of The permanent zirconium plant at Y-12. Equipment is described and materials of construction are listed. Photographs illustrating principal equipment and reduced construction drawings are also presented. Operating conditions and costs information are listed. Production of purified hafnium-free zirconium was begun at Y-12 in January, 1950. At the request of the Atomic Energy Commission, a quick installation of equipment was made in order to produce 25,000 pounds of zirconium as oxide for initial experiments for the Naval Reactor Program Less than 0.1% contained hafnium was specified. At that time a program was started on design ing a more efficient plant for the production of 150,000-200,000 pounds of zirconium per year The permanent zirconium plant was completed in October, 1951. Additions were made to the extraction facilities and equipment for continuous purification by the phthalate process and continuous drying and calcining were provided

Descriptors :   *ZIRCONIUM, *PHTHALATES, PRODUCTION, MATERIALS, FACILITIES, REDUCTION, COSTS, PURIFICATION, EXTRACTION, NUCLEAR ENERGY, ENGINEERING DRAWINGS, DRYING.

Subject Categories : Metallurgy and Metallography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE