uranium hexafluoride


Also found in: Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

uranium hexafluoride

(ˌhɛksəˈflʊəˌraɪd)
n
(Nuclear Physics) a compound used in the process of uranium enrichment that produces fissile material for nuclear reactors and nuclear weapons. Formula: UF6

ura′nium hexafluor′ide


n.
a colorless, water-insoluble, crystalline, volatile solid, UF6, used in its gaseous state in separating uranium 235 from uranium.
[1940–45]
References in periodicals archive ?
The company says there is currently an oversupply of uranium hexafluoride in the worldwide nuclear industry.
Uranium hexafluoride is the feedstock used to separate uranium-235 from natural uranium.
Gas centrifuges enrich uranium by spinning uranium hexafluoride gas at high speeds to increase the concentration of the uranium-235 isotope.
It was used to manufacture uranium hexafluoride (UF6) during the Cold War.
5 might have caused, Symantec said it was designed to attack the Natanz facility by opening and closing valves that feed uranium hexafluoride gas into centrifuges, without the knowledge of the operators of the facility.
It is world leader in enriched uranium hexafluoride (UF6) storage and transportation cylinders for the nuclear sector as well as the only maker of such cylinders in North America.
In 2003 government trucks operated by private contractors had rollover accidents in Montana and Tennessee while hauling uranium hexafluoride, a highly corrosive compound used to produce nuclear bomb components and fuel for nuclear reactors.
In 1996, the United States convinced China to pull out of a contract to construct a uranium HEX plant, which would convert uranium oxide to uranium hexafluoride, an intermediate step needed for uranium-enrichment purposes.
Here's the story again, in brief: The Pentagon's bomb-makers needed fluorine to produce uranium hexafluoride.
Honeywell operates the facility in Massac County (near Metropolis) to produce uranium hexafluoride for nuclear fuel under a license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Conversion is the process by which yellowcake is turned into uranium hexafluoride for enrichment.
Conversion is the process by which yellowcake is converted into uranium hexafluoride for enrichment.