The Individual Factories



It is impossible to appreciate the effort in research, design, construction and operation involved in the production of fissile material without some account of each factory to illustrate the sheer multiplicity of problems. By dealing with the factories separately, however, this chapter understates the task, for the plants were being designed and/or operated concurrently; the difficulties and crises that arose on each of them had to be settled simultaneously.


Fission Product Fuel Element Fissile Material Uranium Metal Uranium Hexafluoride 
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    Jay, Britain’s Atomic Factories, p. 20.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., p. 15.Google Scholar
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    For details of the pile, see ibid., appendix B, and Christopher Hinton’s James Clayton Lecture of 1954, Nuclear Reactors and Power Production (Institution of Mechanical Engineers).Google Scholar
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    See, e.g., Stuart Sinclair, Windscale: Problems of Civil Construction and Maintenance (George Newnes, 1960).Google Scholar
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    Christopher Hinton, ‘The Chemical Separation Processes and Windscale Works’, Chemistry and Industry (1956).Google Scholar
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    UKAEA unpublished pamphlet (for Royal Society Exhibition), ‘Solvent Extraction of Plutonium’ (1960).Google Scholar
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    Hinton, op. cit.Google Scholar
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    See also G. R. H. Geoghegan and R. B. Kehoe, ‘Uranium Enrichment in the UK’, Atom, Nov 1970.Google Scholar

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