Y-12 rolling mill to bolster nonproliferation work

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A new $1 million cold rolling mill at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant will be used to support programs that are converting fuel in high-powered research reactors to low-enriched uranium — thus reducing the potential availability of bomb-capable uranium stocks.

The new mill. which is scheduled to come online in April 2011, will be used for a thin-rolling process that produces uranium alloys in sheets similar in thickness to aluminum foil, according to information provided by the National Nuclear Security Administration and B&W Y-12, the managing contractor at the Oak Ridge plant. The process reportedly maximizes the surface area while minimizing the amount of material used in the new fuels, the NNSA said.

More: http://blogs.knoxnews.com/munger/2010/11/y-12_rolling_mill_to_bolster_n.html

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