uranium hexafluoride


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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]
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Iran said on Monday it would breach 2015 deal's 300-kg (660-pound) limit on its stock of uranium hexafluoride within 10 days, which the White House called "nuclear blackmail."
? Left, examples of cylinders that contain uranium hexafluoride and the kind of container for uranium oxide.
"The process of increasing the capacity to produce UF6 (uranium hexafluoride) and UF4 (uranium tetrafluoride) will begin on Tuesday," Kamalfandi said in an interview with Iran's ISNA news agency.
Canada's Port Hope plant is the only uranium conversion facility in the country producing uranium hexafluoride (UF6) and the only commercial supplier of natural uranium dioxide (UO2) conversion services needed to produce fuel for Candu nuclear reactors.
This review paper describes the occurrence, chemistry and metallurgy of the element 'uranium', its conversion to stable compounds such as yellow cake, uranium tetrafluoride and uranium hexafluoride and the enrichment technologies and uses for both civil and military purposes.
Iran currently has a stockpile of around 12,000 kilograms of enriched uranium hexafluoride or the equivalent in other chemical forms, and it needs to get the vast majority of that material out.
In the chairman's statement, Sir John Hood said: "The TMF programme is a vital part of our commitment to responsible uranium stewardship, helping us to close the nuclear fuel cycle through the deconversion of uranium hexafluoride." He added: "Urenco recorded a strong financial and operational performance in 2014 and retained its share of the world market.
The main elements of the JPA are requirements that Iran freeze, in effect, its production of enriched uranium containing up to 5% uranium-235 during this period by converting the material to a uranium compound unsuitable for further enrichment; refrain from producing enriched uranium hexafluoride containing 20% uranium-235--the form of enriched uranium in Iran's stockpile that has caused the most concern; halt key elements of its heavy-water reactor and uranium enrichment facilities; and provide the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) with additional information about its nuclear program, as well as access to some nuclear-related facilities which are not covered by Iran's IAEA safeguards agreement.
In a published report, the IHS Jane's defence and security intelligence experts claimed that they had identified a possible new uranium hexafluoride plant at the Indian Rare Metals Plant (IRMP) near Mysore.
Having produced enough weapons-grade uranium hexafluoride, or UF6, for one bomb the part to take two months Iran would need to convert the UF6 to powder form, fabricate the bomb's metallic core from the powder, develop and assemble other components, and finally integrate the weapons package into a delivery vehicle - in Iran's case an IRGC-developed missile.
IHS Jane's defence and security intelligence experts have identified a possible new uranium hexafluoride plant at the Indian Rare Metals Plant (IRMP) near Mysore.
The raw uranium is processed into a gas called uranium hexafluoride before being enriched into fuel rods.