The primary goal of this program was to design, develop, construct and operate a continuous in-reactor hydrazine production loop using the fissiochemical process. Direct support for the development of the loop and its components included studies in decontamination, purification, fuel cycle, materials, chemical and energy deposition analysis, and reactor physics. Basic radiation and chemistry studies were undertaken to further elucidate reaction mechanisms and to extend the application of this process.
This final report fully describes the Hydrazine Process Development Program including the developmental phase from contract inception (April 1961) through the installation of the completely assembled experimental equipment into the reactor facility (November 1963), the operational phase (through April 1964), and the post-operational inspection and data reduction phase.
Section l of the report summarizes all program activities, results, and conclusions; Sections 2 through 8 discuss development~! details in depth, including the design, construct~on and initial testing of all experimental equipment; Section 9 presents loop operation experimental data, product processing experience, and post-operational equipment inspection observations. All Hydrazine Process Development Program efforts through January 1964, were funded by the U. s. Air Force under Contract AF 33(600)-42996, ASD Project 7-840a. At that time, on the basis of an agreement between the Air Force and the United States Atomic Energy Commission, the latter agency assumed cognizance and funding responsibility for the remainder of the program.