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Aspects of the metallurgy of uranium and constructional metals

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On the basis of foreign material presented at the Second International Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy (Geneva, 1958), we examine aspects of uranium production (reductive melting, casting, pressure treatment, and powder metallurgy); zirconium metallurgy (new data on the technological scheme, the nature of sponge and the dimensions of ingots); the production of the new constructional metals, niobium and vanadium (comparison of various methods for their preparation; metallothermal, vacuum carbo-thermal, electrolytic refining and the quality of production); the production of thin-walled beryllium tubes for fuel element sheaths; the use of zirconium hydride as a moderator and of zirconium-uranium-hydrogen alloys for fuel element cores.

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Meerson, G.A. Aspects of the metallurgy of uranium and constructional metals. The Soviet Journal of Atomic Energy 6, 69–72 (1960).

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  • Zirconium
  • Uranium
  • Vanadium
  • Sponge
  • Hydride