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Uranium

Compounds, Isotopes and Applications

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Many contemporary uses of uranium exploit its unique nuclear properties. Uranium-235 has the distinction of being the only naturally occurring fissile isotope. Uranium-238 is both fissionable by fast neutrons, and fertile (capable of being transmuted to fissile plutonium-239 in a nuclear reactor). An artificial fissile isotope, uranium-233, can be produced from natural thorium and is also important in nuclear technology. While uranium-238 has a small probability to fission spontaneously or when bombarded with fast neutrons, the much higher probability of uranium-235 and to a lesser degree uranium-233 to fission when bombarded with slow neutrons generates the heat in nuclear reactors used as a source of power, and provides the fissile material for nuclear weapons. Both uses rely on the ability of uranium to produce a sustained nuclear chain reaction. Depleted uranium (uranium-238) is used in kinetic energy penetrators and armour plating. This important book presents new research in the field.
Release date Australia
December 21st, 2009
Contributor
Edited by Gerhardt H. Wolfe
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
Illustrations
Imprint
Nova Science Publishers Inc
Pages
582
ISBN-13
9781606925737
Product ID
2784796

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