2017 | AFC ACCOMPLISHMENTS 17 Figure 2. As-extruded rod in the extrusion press run out table. hydraulic draw bench with a 3 meter stroke, and a maximum pulling force of 8000 lbs and a Fenn 4F-4 4-die swager. The draw bench can be used to either stretch straighten the extruded product or could also be used to further reduce the diameter of the fuel.The swager was installed in order to reduce the diameter of one end of the extruded product to allow it to be inserted through the drawing die. It could also be used for reduce the diameter of the fuel over the entire length if desired.A quench furnace has also been installed with hot zone of approximately 60 cm.The furnace is currently designed to heat under a vacuum atmosphere, but as appropriate can be backfilled with inert gas and the sample quench in a liquid quenching media, such as water.With these capabilities uranium alloys can routinely be extruded on the kilogram scale. Accomplishments: All of the equipment making up the extrusion line has been installed and is currently operating.A total of 62 uranium or uranium alloys extru- sions have been performed. Figure 1 shows the extrusion press installed in the facility.The extrusion line can be used for either solid fuel or annular fuel forms. Solid extrusions have been carried using uranium, U-6Zr, and U-10Zr alloys. Using the current tooling the starting diameter of the billet is 34.9 mm, with the extruded diameter being as low as 6 mm.A typical example of an extruded rod is shown in Figure 2.Annular copper surrogates have also been extruded with an outside diameter of 8.6 mm and an inside diameter of 6.1 mm.