Synthesis of uranium metal using laser-initiated reduction of uranium tetrafluoride by calcium metal

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Uranium metal has numerous uses in conventional weapons (armor penetrators) and nuclear weapons. It also has application to nuclear reactor designs utilizing metallic fuels--for example, the former Integral Fast Reactor program at Argonne National Laboratory. Uranium metal also has promise as a material of construction for spent-nuclear-fuel storage casks. A new avenue for the production of uranium metal is presented that offers several advantages over existing technology. A carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) laser is used to initiate the reaction between uranium tetrafluoride (UF{sub 4}) and calcium metal. The new method does not require induction heating of a closed system (a ... continued below

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West, M.H.; Martinez, M.M.; Nielsen, J.B.; Court, D.C. & Appert, Q.D. September 1, 1995.

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Uranium metal has numerous uses in conventional weapons (armor penetrators) and nuclear weapons. It also has application to nuclear reactor designs utilizing metallic fuels--for example, the former Integral Fast Reactor program at Argonne National Laboratory. Uranium metal also has promise as a material of construction for spent-nuclear-fuel storage casks. A new avenue for the production of uranium metal is presented that offers several advantages over existing technology. A carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) laser is used to initiate the reaction between uranium tetrafluoride (UF{sub 4}) and calcium metal. The new method does not require induction heating of a closed system (a pressure vessel) nor does it utilize iodine (I{sub 2}) as a chemical booster. The results of five reductions of UF{sub 4}, spanning 100 to 200 g of uranium, are evaluated, and suggestions are made for future work in this area.

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INIS; OSTI as DE96000059

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  • Other: DE96000059
  • Report No.: LA--12996-MS
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • DOI: 10.2172/106523 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 106523
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc628324

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West, M.H.; Martinez, M.M.; Nielsen, J.B.; Court, D.C. & Appert, Q.D. Synthesis of uranium metal using laser-initiated reduction of uranium tetrafluoride by calcium metal, report, September 1, 1995; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc628324/: accessed October 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.