VIEW OF SOME OF MOUND'S CERAMIC COMPONENTS.
AT THE MOUND FACILITY, RESEARCHERS WORK ON EXPLOSIVES TECHNOLOGY, TRITIUM TECHNOLOGY, PLUTONIUM-238 ISOTOPIC HEAT SOURCE DEVELOPMENT AND ASSEMBLY, AND ISOTOPIC SEPARATION. FABRICATING EXPLOSIVE COMPONENTS, SUCH AS DETONATORS,EXPLOSIVES TIMERS, AND EXPLOSIVES PELLETS, FOR NUCLEAR WEAPONS IS THE MAJOR PRODUCTION ACTIVITY. THE MOUND FACILITY STAFF IS DEVELOPING MATERIALS, PROCESSES, AND EQUIPMENT FOR POTENTIAL PRODUCTION APPLICATIONS TO SUPPORT PROGRAMS AT SEVERAL DOE LABORATORIES. THE MOUND FACILITY IS OPERATED FOR DOE BY MONSANTO RESEARCH CORPORATION. THE MOUND FACILITY DOES NOT STORE, HANDLE, OR OTHERWISE DEAL WITH COMPLETED NUCLEAR WEAPONS. BECAUSE OF THEIR LONG-TERM STABILITY, METALLIC CERAMIC (CERMET) AND GLASS CERAMICS ARE REPLACING OTHER MATERIALS IN WEAPONS. SINCE 1977, MOUND HAS BEEN DEVELOPING AND PRODUCING CERAMICS FOR USE IN MOUND- BUILT DETONATORS AND ACTUATORS.
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