Uranium Enrichment Technology II

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  • Focus: Nuclear reprocessing methods with a focus on the and uses/issues surrounding depleted Uranium, and the obtainment of Pu-239, Expansion: Implications for global politics
  • Quick overview of technology that is currently or has been used.
  • How is DUF6 dealt with?-Storage methods/technologyHealth hazards: During a three week period of conflict in 2003 in Iraq, 1,000 to 2,000 tons of DU munitions were used.[9]
  • Sensitivity of technologies (SWU/ton of feed material needed to achieve EU)
  • Table 1 shows the weapons programs of these eight countries and their relation to uranium enrichment. All of them either have uranium enrichment plants or some ambitions in that direction, and all but two have manufactured nuclear weapons incorporating highly enriched uranium. It is important to keep this in mind when considering who is trying to stop whom from getting what in relation to nuclear technologies.
  • See table 2
  • Plutonium is a fissile material that can only be obtained synthetically. Its manufacture and extraction could be classified as a nuclear reprocessing method because it is a fission product in many types of reactors (space/mobile power systems, power, breeder, productions)
  • Uranium Enrichment Technology II

    1. 1. Uranium Enrichment Technology II<br />Nuclear Reprocessing Methods <br />and <br />The Future of Our World<br />
    2. 2. Uranium Enrichment Processes<br />Diffusion<br />Gaseous<br />Thermal<br />Centrifuge<br />Gas<br />“Zippe”<br />Laser<br />AVLIS<br />MLIS<br />SILEX<br />Other<br />Aerodynamic<br />Electromagnetic Isotope Separation (EMIS)<br />Chemical<br />Plasma<br />
    3. 3. What Happens after Enrichment?<br />Depleted Uranium<br />DU<br />DUF₆<br />http://web.ead.anl.gov/uranium/guide/video/index.cfm<br />
    4. 4. Implications of Enrichment Processes Around the World<br />Political<br />Economic<br />Humanitarian<br />
    5. 5. Nuclear Weapons States<br />
    6. 6. Technology Accessibility<br />http://www.ieer.org/reports/uranium/enrichment.pdf<br />
    7. 7. Nuclear Reprocessing<br />Plutonium extraction/manufacturing<br />Grades<br />PUREX<br />Implications<br />
    8. 8. The Bigger Picture<br />Intentions/purposes behind technology.<br />

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