Effect of the expansion associated with the plutonium α–β–γ phase transitions on storage can integrity

@inproceedings{Spearing2001EffectOT,
  title={Effect of the expansion associated with the plutonium α–β–γ phase transitions on storage can integrity},
  author={Dane R. Spearing and Douglas Kirk Veirs and F. Coyne Prenger},
  year={2001}
}
Abstract The effects of the volume expansion of plutonium metal through the α–β and β–γ phase transitions on a stainless steel storage container were examined. A cylindrical plutonium ingot was placed in the axial center of an annealed stainless steel cylinder and thermally cycled until a steady state in the strain response of the cylinder was reached. The average plastic hoop strain was 1.47% and 1.55% after six and four cycles through the α–β and α–β–γ phase transitions, respectively. Elastic… CONTINUE READING