The Front End of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle: Conversion of Yellowcake to UF6


This yellow cake, produced at the uranium
mill, is not directly useable as a fuel for a nuclear power reactor. After the yellow cake is produced at the mill,
the next step is conversion into pure uranium hexafluoride, UF6, which is suitable in enrichment
operations. During this conversion to UF6, the last of
the impurities are removed, as the uranium is combined with fluorine to create the UF6
gas. The UF6 is then pressurized and cooled to
a liquid, and its liquid state is drained into 14 ton cylinders, where is solidifies
after cooling for approximately five days. The UF6 cylinder and solid form is then shipped
to an enrichment plant. UF6 is the only uranium compound that exists
as a gas at any reasonable temperature.

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  1. Radek Skoda says:

    Wow, dr. Reece talking. Dan – nice to hear you again!

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