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Method of fabricating a uranium-bearing foil

United States Patent

8,163,112
April 24, 2012
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Methods of fabricating a uranium-bearing foil are described. The foil may be substantially pure uranium, or may be a uranium alloy such as a uranium-molybdenum alloy. The method typically includes a series of hot rolling operations on a cast plate material to form a thin sheet. These hot rolling operations are typically performed using a process where each pass reduces the thickness of the plate by a substantially constant percentage. The sheet is typically then annealed and then cooled. The process typically concludes with a series of cold rolling passes where each pass reduces the thickness of the plate by a substantially constant thickness amount to form the foil.
Gooch; Jackie G. (Seymour, TN), DeMint; Amy L. (Kingston, TN)
Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Y-12, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
12/ 436,209
May 6, 2009
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS The U.S. Government has rights to this invention pursuant to contract number DE-AC05-00OR22800 between the U.S. Department of Energy and Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Y-12, LLC.