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1999 International RERTR Meeting

SOME TOOLING FOR MANUFACTURING
RESEARCH REACTOR FUEL PLATES

R. W. Knight

Research Reactors Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6387 USA

ABSTRACT

This paper will discuss some of the tooling necessary to manufacture aluminum-based research reactor fuel plates.  Most of this tooling is intended for use in a high-production facility.  Some of the tools shown have manufactured more than 150,000 pieces.  The only maintenance has been sharpening.  With careful design, tools can be made to accommodate the manufacture of several different fuel elements, thus, reducing tooling costs and maintaining tools that the operators are trained to use.  An important feature is to design the tools using materials with good lasting quality.  Good tools can increase return on investment.


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