Plutonium metallurgy in India

Roy, P. R. ; Ganguly, C. (1984) Plutonium metallurgy in India Bulletin of Materials Science, 6 (5). pp. 923-958. ISSN 0250-4707

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The embryo of plutonium metallurgy in India, as well as in Asia, was formed nearly 25 years back in Trombay. Thereafter, in the intervening 25 years, significant amount of research and development work have been carried out at BARC on this man-made fissile element and indigenisation has been achieved in the fabrication, characterisation and property evaluation of plutonium metal, delta-stabilised alloys, Al-Pu fuels, Pu-Be neutron sources, (UPu)O2 fuels for thermal and fast reactors and (UPu)C and (UPu)N advanced fuels for liquid metal-cooled fast breeder reactors (LMFBR). This paper summarises the development of plutonium metallurgy in India highlighting the safety aspects, our achievements and potential of plutonium for generation of nuclear electricity in the coming decades.

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Keywords:Plutonium; Fissile; Delta-stabilised Alloys; Al-Pu Fuels; Pu-Be Neutron Sources; Mixed Oxide and Carbide Fuels; Fast Breeder-test Reactor; Liquid Metal-cooled Fast Breeder Reactors; Nuclear Electricity
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