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The Hagley Digital Archives provides online access to selected items from the Hagley Library's collection of images, documents, and publications related to the history of business, technology, and society.
Loading the initial fuel charge in the heavy water components test reactor at the Atomic Energy Commission's Savannah River Plant
This photograph shows the loading operations prior to initial startup of the HWCTR. The operation of a special tool for removing fuel housing tubes is being observed. Actual loading and unloading of fuel are accomplished by the refueling machine in the background. Radioactive fuel elements can be safely transported to a water filled storage pit within the lead shielded cylinder rising from the mechanical drive platform. Installation of the 24 fuel assembles was accomplished on March 1st and the reactor attained criticality on March 3, 1962.
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company
Chemical industryNuclear industryNuclear facilitiesNuclear reactors
Savannah River Site (S.C.)
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission
1 photographic print : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library
DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341)
Series XIV, Box 12, Folder 1 'Operations at Savannah River Plant'
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
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