Rickover, H. G.
January 1963
Saturday Evening Post;1/19/1963, Vol. 236 Issue 2, p16
This article reports that during the past few years hundreds of major conventional components, such as steam generators, have been produced for naval nuclear-propulsion plants in the U.S. Less than 10 percent have been delivered on time. Reinspection showed that over 50 percent had to be reworked to meet contract requirements. In one case the strength properties of a common material, as given by the manufacturer, were found on test to be 30 percent too high. When a reactor component failed to function properly not long ago, its failure was traced to the use of the wrong material in a pin. Yet this component had passed quality-control inspection.


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