Candidate processes for diluting the {sup 235}U isotope in weapons-capable highly enriched uranium

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The United States Department of Energy (DOE) is evaluating options for rendering its surplus inventories of highly enriched uranium (HEU) incapable of being used to produce nuclear weapons. Weapons-capable HEU was earlier produced by enriching uranium in the fissile {sup 235}U isotope from its natural occurring 0.71 percent isotopic concentration to at least 20 percent isotopic concentration. Now, by diluting its concentration of the fissile {sup 235}U isotope in a uranium blending process, the weapons capability of HEU can be eliminated in a manner that is reversible only through isotope enrichment, and therefore, highly resistant to proliferation. To the extent ... continued below

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Snider, J.D. February 1, 1996.

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The United States Department of Energy (DOE) is evaluating options for rendering its surplus inventories of highly enriched uranium (HEU) incapable of being used to produce nuclear weapons. Weapons-capable HEU was earlier produced by enriching uranium in the fissile {sup 235}U isotope from its natural occurring 0.71 percent isotopic concentration to at least 20 percent isotopic concentration. Now, by diluting its concentration of the fissile {sup 235}U isotope in a uranium blending process, the weapons capability of HEU can be eliminated in a manner that is reversible only through isotope enrichment, and therefore, highly resistant to proliferation. To the extent that can be economically and technically justified, the down-blended uranium product will be made suitable for use as commercial reactor fuel. Such down-blended uranium product can also be disposed of as waste if chemical or isotopic impurities preclude its use as reactor fuel.

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  • Spring national meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, San Diego, CA (United States), 25-29 Feb 1996

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  • Other: DE97007846
  • Report No.: Y/ES--082
  • Report No.: CONF-960227--1
  • Grant Number: AC05-84OR21400
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 516051
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc698668

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Snider, J.D. Candidate processes for diluting the {sup 235}U isotope in weapons-capable highly enriched uranium, article, February 1, 1996; Tennessee. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc698668/: accessed January 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.