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Title: Studies of uranium-sodium suspensions, Part 2 - hydrodynamic, metallurgical and mechanical effects: general conclusions.
Authors: Bett, FL
Hilditch, RJ
Mepham, RG
Gillespie, PA
Issue Date: Aug-1961
Publisher: Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
Abstract: Hydrodynamic behaviour of a 0.76 atomic per cent, uranium in sodium suspension has been explored for velocities up to 8.3 ft/sec, and temperatures up to 625°C. The influence of velocity and temperature on suspension behaviour is described. Mechanical and metallurgical effects associated with circulation of the suspension in an austenitic stainless steel loop in contact with beryllium are listed. The behaviour of the suspension is explained in terms of hindered settling theory. A reactor loop metal illustration possible use of the uranium-sodium suspension as a reactor fuel/coolant is presented and recommendations for further work are given.
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