The field assemblies are shown under twenty feet of water and behind empty fuel hangers. For the high flux operation, the Atomic Energy Commission has converted a reactor from military to peaceful applications. The objectives of this operation are to product trans-uranium isotopes and to irradiate materials for cooperating national laboratories. The neutron flux, heat flux and coolant velocity of the high flux charge are believed to be higher than those of any other reactor. High flux operation is possible in Savannah River reactors because of the excellent neutron economy of the heavy water moderator and the entrance of heat removal capabilities. (The only light for this photograph was the Cerenkov radiation).
This facility at the Savannah River Plant produces heavy water for use in the Savannah River reactors. The heavy water produced here also is shipped to domestic and foreign users by the Atomic Energy Commission on sale or lease basis. The plant actually separates heavy water from the raw water of the Savannah River. Wherever there is water or moisture, heavy water occurs in normal water at the rate of one ounce to every 52 gallons.
This is one of the manufacturing (reactor) units at the Savannah River Plant. Plutonium produced at the plant in the interest of national security also has potential use as a fuel for use in power reactors to generate electrical energy.
Mess Hall, one of eight in construction camp, served meals family style to 45,000 contraction workers. In one 18 month period they dished out 10 million eggs, 1.5 million pounds of chicken, 2.3 million pounds of beef, 2.3 million loaves of bread, 4.5 million pounds of pork and ham and 600,000 pounds of coffee.
This is the manufacturing (reactor) unit at the Savannah River Plant. Plutonium produced in SRP reactors in the interest of national security also has potential use as a fuel for use in power reactors to generate electric energy.
During construction of Hanford Engineer Works this barber shop operated day and night to handle 45,000 man construction force. In addition to the unprecedented $250,000,000 plant which DuPont build and operated for the government in WWII, facilities of all kinds of which the barber shop was one, had to be provided for the 60,000 people who converged on the small town of Hanford, Washington which prior to construction of the atomic plant had a population of 100. DuPont withdrew from the project in 1946 when the country was at peace again.
Pay wagon, staffed by some of DuPont's more attractive employees, traveled from one area to another at the $350,000.000 Hanford Engineering Works, which DuPont built and operated at the government's request in WWII. Plant at Hanford, WA made plutonium, an atomic energy material never before produced in quantity.
The black object in the plastic bag held above in an outstretched gloved hand is plutonium, which emerges from the final production process at Savannah River in metal form. Plutonium, an element not found on earth, is created in Savannah River Plant reactors when uranium 238 atoms transmute or change identity, during the splitting of uranium 235 atoms. Plutonium and uranium 235, the latter being the starting material in all atomic operations, have similar characteristics. Both are important new sources of energy that can be used for both defense and for peace.