Use of radioactivity to explore oil and new fuels in United States.
United States USA Date:1957 Duration:6 min 30 sec Sound:Yes
A man with a briefcase gets off a plane. A leather factory and rolls of colored leather. An "Atom Ray" thickness gauge used in manufacturing. An oil drilling site.Drilling core samples are extracted from the bottom of the hole. They are collected and sent to laboratory in a van. The core samples are irradiated in a particle accelerator and the response of different elements in the samples is observed, providing information about their composition. Activity is recorded on paper and a needle moves over a graph. Engineer shows an experimental well logging device that contains a radiation source for use deep in the hole to determine nature of the strata without having to remove a core. Geologists examine a graph.
Engineers subject oil samples to bombardment by neutrons in a nuclear reactor. Test apparatus is lowered down in a pool. It is anchored to a movable rack and water is filled in the pool. The test apparatus is moved under the reactor uranium core. The core goes critical and irradiates the test sample with neutrons. Control equipment is switched on. The core glows. An engineer looks to observe the test apparatus. Another engineer operates the control equipment.
Summary of role of radioactivity in ordinary life, in medicine, food production, manufacturing, transportation, and the home.
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