[ RadSafe ] Depleted Uranium ~ Commercial Dross or Military Gold?(CCNR)

Peter Thomas Peter.Thomas at arpansa.gov.au
Sun Dec 3 16:16:52 CST 2006

As far as use in H-bombs goes it's partly a tamper to keep the explosion
in longer to get more complete reaction and thus increase the
efficiency, partly a neutron reflector again to get more complete
reaction, and partly for the extra fission yield from fast neutrons.


Peter Thomas
Medical Physics Section

-----Original Message-----
From: radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl [mailto:radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl] On
Behalf Of Roger Helbig
Sent: Saturday, 2 December 2006 8:20 PM
To: radsafelist
Subject: [ RadSafe ] Depleted Uranium ~ Commercial Dross or Military

Depleted Uranium ~ Commercial Dross or Military Gold ?

Natural uranium is a blend of two types : U-235 and U-238.   
At a uranium enrichment plant, the concentration of U-235 
is increased by discarding some U-238.   The cast-off uranium (mainly
called ''depleted uranium'', has virtually no  commercial value.
But there are several important military  uses for depleted uranium :

Containers of depleted uranium.
Photo by Robert Del Tredici   

when placed in a reactor, it breeds plutonium -- a powerful nuclear
when incorporated into an H-bomb, it doubles the  explosive power of the
when used to coat conventional bullets and  shells, it makes them
when used as a metallic alloy in tanks and other  vehicles, it provides
Is DU, close to pure U-238 used in a breeder reactor to produce
(and if so, are there any currently operational breeder reactors?) Is it
incorporated in H-Bombs ..that seems a far stretch, especially the part
about doubling the explosive power It is not used to coat conventional
bullets and shells; it is used as the armor penetrator, a rod of DU
alloy The armor plating also seems to be described rather simplistically

How do you eliminate misleading information like this from the net and
counter it with accurate information?

 ccnr at web.net

>   Since March 27th 1996, there have been over
> 100,000 outside visitors to the CCNR web site, plus
> (counter reset July 2nd 1998 at midnight)

100,000 visitors does not seem like a huge amount, but I bet that the
number of visits become substantial now that the activists are
circulating the site


Roger Helbig

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