[ RadSafe ] Curiosity query

Joseph Shonka jjshonka at shonka.com
Mon Aug 5 13:44:21 CDT 2013

A useful unclassified description can be found at

The material was HEU, (> 90% U-235) which was never irradiated in a reactor
and thus had lower external radiation fields than normal uranium.  Aside
from welding the transport case onto the deck of the USS Indianapolis,
there was no need for special handling.

On Mon, Aug 5, 2013 at 12:17 PM, Maury <maurysis at peoplepc.com> wrote:

> Can anyone tell me or suggest a link to description of the size and weight
> of the radioactive components of the Hiroshima bomb?  Also would like to
> know weight and size of the shielding required to handle this material.
>  How did they load this material onto the USS Indianapolis without lethal
> irradiation of handlers?  Am wondering if these answers would shed any
> light on what would be required to attempt a practicable so-called dirty
> bomb if not a practicable nuclear weapon.
> Seems to me that terrorist groups would be hard pressed to handle a
> nuclear weapon even if any of our opponents saw fit to give them one ...?
>  The implication to me is that a dirty bomb of any serious yield would not
> be feasible?
> Thanks for comments.
> Maury&Dog
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