AUTHORThayer, Harry
TITLEManagement of the Hanford Engineer Works in World War II: How the Corps, DuPont and the Metallurgical Laboratory Fast Tracked the Original Plutonium Works
PUBLISHERASCE Press
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED1996
ISBN0-7844-0160-8


This book documents the management of the plutonium production program at the Hanford, Washington site during World War II. Thayer explains the design and construction of the major plants, emphasizing the short time the program took to complete and its success. Despite uncertainties in science, engineering, procurement, and construction, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Du Pont, and the University of Chicago Metallurgical Laboratory all contributed excellent management and organization methods to the project. The author pinpoints 38 principal causes for Hanford’s success, and describes the accomplishments of the engineers, builders, and operators during a period of intense urgency. The book includes many figures and tables that illustrate the problems these men overcame.


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