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Part of the "Hole" Story (of Uranium Hexafluoride Cylinders)

Holes in the depleted Uranium Hexafluoride storage cylinders are investigated. It is shown that corrosion products cause the openings to be self-healing.

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Highlights of the Video:

Video00:00Part of the 'Hole' Story
Video00:05One of the depleted UF6 cylinder storage lots at Portsmouth
Video00:2848G cylinders, each containing 14 tons of depleted UF6, in storage
Video00:52Stacked 48G cylinders
Video01:35UF6 sealed in glass tube
Video02:01A lifting lug of one cylinder damaging a neighboring cylinder
Video02:37Damage to small hole cylinder from impact with a lifting lub of an adjoining cylinder
Video02:57Damage to large hole cylinder from impact with a lifting lub of an adjoining cylinder
Video03:10Corrosion products plugging large hole in depleted UF6 cylinder
Video03:26Small hole plugged with corrosion products sufficient to maintain vacuum in cylinder
Video03:43Large hole in depleted UF6 cylinder sealed with corrosion products
Video04:22Temporary patch over small hole in cylinder wall
Video04:32Temporary patch over large hole in cylinder wall with sampling port and pressure testing gauge
Video04:45Men taking core sample from large hole cylinder
Video04:55First core removed showing reaction products, but no solid UF6
Video05:36Retrieving damaged cylinder from storage
Video07:00Inside of cylinder wall showing protective coating. Flaw in lense at bottom right.
Video07:08Back side of plug in small hole cylinder

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