Staff Memorandum No. 15 - Nuclear Reactor Project Assignments
Feb. 5, 1951
A memo from Dr. Beck assigning specific jobs to members of the staff. It establishes meeting schedules as well as the relationship between various groups.
Feb. 5, 1951
STAFF MEMORANDUM NO. 15
NUCLEAR REACTOR PROJECT ASSIGNMENTS
Now that the nuclear reactor project has reached the point where definite plans
apparently can be made with some confidence, it is necessary to allocate definite
portions of the project for detailing planning and follow up. It is clear, however,
from the nature of the project, that very few items can be completely isolated and
studies independently of the other items. Most items function in relation to all
others, and very obviously, therefore, close cooperation and teamwork must exist be-
tween all groups. Limits of responsibility, likewise, will be in many cases in-
definable and overlapping, so that here, too, close cooperation and teamwork is
an obvious requisite.
This cooperation will not wait on the formal allocation of detailed responsi-
bility and authority, but instead must result from the common initiative and the
common desire to see the overall goal achieved. Beyond this, coordination between
groups will be maintained by regular meetings of the entire group. These meetings
will be weekly, at present, at 2 P.M. Friday, and more frequently later if needed.
Incidentally, in all these projects, each man should be on the alert for design
and development projects which could be assigned to graduate students for thesis
- 1. Coordination of all building design and data with architect - N. Underwood.
- ✓ 2. Internal design of reactor - Menius*, Murray*, Underwood Paulson, Beck.
Size, shape, of graphite, of reactor, of thermal column, of reactor envelope,
shielding, details of exposure ports, interlocking concrete, neutron source,
- *Murray and Menius will decided between them the division of these topics into
two groups; other members will assist on both groups.
- 3. Instrumentation - Waltner, Webb.
Radiation detection and measurement, monitoring instruments; control console.
- 4. Control Rods, Level Indicator - Underwood, Beck, Webb.
- 5. Laboratory Arrangement - Meares, Stainback, Snyder, Paulson.
Number of rooms, layout, function allocation, floor trenches in reactor room,
- 6. Laboratory Furniture - Gildart, Murray, Brown.
Work surfaces, hoods.
- 7. Laboratory Utilities - Lynn, Stainback, Lancaster.
- 8. Ventilation - Lancaster, Gildart, Menius.
Laboratory air patterns, duct system, blowers, filters, stack dimensions.
- ✓ 9. Cooling water and radioactive waste gas disposal system - Murray, Underwood,
- 10. Office Equipment - Snyder, Lynn.
- 11. Storage - Brown, Meares. Layout of assigned space, cabinets, shelving.
- 12. Work Shop, photographic dark rooms, instrument repair - Stainback, Waltner.
Layout and equipment.
In addition to the weekly coordination meetings, I invite chairmen and members
of the various groups to hold conferences with me, (and with each other), as
frequently as desired.