Nuclear fuel enrichment converters

Nuclear fuel enrichment converters

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Caption: Cascade converters at a nuclear fuel enrichment plant in Kentucky, USA. Naturally-occuring uranium contains only 0.7% of the fissionable U-235 isotope, the remainder being the heavier U-238. The metal is reacted with fluorine to form uranium hexafluoride gas. This is then passed through the series of cascade converters, where the heavier U-238 hexafluoride molecules pass through diffusion filters and are removed. This process eventually produces a concentration of about 3% U-235 hexafluoride. This final product is then reconverted back to uranium metal for use in nuclear reactor fuel rods.

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Keywords: converter, diffusion enrichment, energy, enrichment, gaseous diffusion enrichment, handle, handling, industry, nuclear, nuclear fuel, nuclear fuel enrichment plant, processing, radioactive, radioactivity, technology

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