The Radioisotope Power Systems Program at ORNL has a 40 + year history of materials development (refractory metal alloys and carbon bonded carbon fiber) and the fabrication of unique components for the Department of Energy, NASA and other government agencies. In addition to production activities, the Program provides a wide range of capabilities that span the entire sphere of alloy design, production, mechanical property testing, component testing and qualification. Manufacturing equipment and expertise exist to cast metal alloy ingots and process them into finished metal shapes by extrusion, rolling, forming, machining, assembly, and welding. Nondestructive examination and quality systems are employed throughout the process to ensure customer requirements are maintained. Areas of expertise can be grouped into the four following areas:
- Alloy Design, Production and Processing
- Component Manufacture
- Testing and Evaluation
- Quality Systems, Dimensional Inspection, NDE, and Material Characterization Techniques
An entire array of nondestructive testing capabilities is available for the evaluation of alloys and structures including radiography, liquid penetrant, visual, ultrasonic, and thermal imaging.
|ULRICH, George B.
|WILSON, Suzanne M.