Processing and Applications of Depleted Uranium Alloy Products
METALS AND CERAMICS INFORMATION CENTER COLUMBUS OH
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Depleted uranium is produced from the UF6 tailings of the uranium enrichment process for nuclear power reactors and contains about 99.8 percent U238 and 0.2 percent U235. This report presents properties, processing, and fabrication information for depleted uranium alloys. Efforts are underway to use this material in non-nuclear applications since its supply is large and growing. Depleted uranium alloys can be shaped into parts by conventional metal processing. The main problem is reactivity with the atmosphere. Uranium is about as pyrophoric as magnesium. Possible applications for depleted uranium include counterweights, radiation shielding, ammunition, weapons, and ballast.
- Metallurgy and Metallography
- Fabrication Metallurgy
- Fission Reactor Materials