Army Nuclear Power Program - Origins


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Oak Ridge plant from above Oak Ridge electromagnetic plant Artist drawing of possible nuclear plants
The gaseous diffusion plant U-235 at the Clinton Engineer Works at Oak Ridge, Tenn. A view of the Y-12 Electromagnetic Reactor at Oak Ridge, Tenn. Starting in 1943 the complex enriched uranium to be used for the atomic bomb. This artist’s conception illustrates the promise of nuclear power in the 1950s. Power plants would be small, mobile, and free of constant refueling, ideal for military use.


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