Detailed account of the production of rods for use in UK atomic power stations.
UKAEA (United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority) factory, Springfields, near Preston, Lancashire and UKAEA atomic power station at Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex.
GV machinery for the manufacture of the rods. GV Exterior of Springfields Works. SV men in white suits and thick gloves handling drums of uranium ore concentrate. SCU one of the drums in clamp device. SCU man turning handle. SCU the drum being tipped so that the concentrate is poured into hopper. CU concentrate being tipped out of the drum. GV stainless steel tank into which the concentrate is fed and where it is dissolved in nitrate acid. SV ditto. LV the central control station. GV plant machinery where uranium tetrafluoride is mixed with magnesium metal and made into pellets. CU Pellets being put into containers for heating in an electric furnace. SCU high frequency induction furnace which is used to melt the pellets of uranium together with scrap material from later stages and the molten metal is then cast into rods. SV uranium rods coming off machine. SCU rods being put into another electric furnace to improve the quality. CU ditto. SV magnesium alloy cans into which the uranium rods are sealed being inspected. CU ditto. SV the uranium rods being put into the containers. GV ditto. GV an atomic power station. GV another atomic power station. GV.Bradwell Atomic Power station under construction with the giant crane Goliath capable of lifting 200 tons, in background. 3 GVs of atomic power stations under construction (probably at Berkeley, Hunterson and Hinckley Point).