Development of a welding process for containers for plutonium-238 oxides for nuclear power cells Academic Article uri icon


  • Nuclear power cells use radioisotope fuel as a heat source. Some heart pacemakers use plutonium-238 oxide fuel as the heat source. The fuel is contained in two small welded containers, one inside the other. The inner container is made o£ a tantalum-10% tungsten alloy, the outer container is of Hastelloy C-276. A technique for welding the inner container, which contains

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  • January 1, 1973