Uranium at Y-12: Casting

Posted: July 22, 2013 - 3:42pm | Y-12 Report | Volume 10, Issue 1 | 2013

Buttons and other recycled metal are used in casting components for stockpile refurbishment and in casting products suitable for reactor feed. At Y‑12, chemical operators perform the casting activities. These operators must understand detailed furnace operation procedures that specify the timing of events during the run, the temperature profile of the melt and mold components, the proper pouring technique and the furnace pressure or vacuum.

Learn more about some of the complexities in reprocessing and safeguarding one of the nation’s most vital assets.