Nuclear Energy

  • James W. Moore
Part of the Springer Series on Environmental Management book series (SSEM)


The nuclear energy cycle begins with the mining of uranium-rich ores, which are then refined to uranium oxide (U3O8). The material is converted to gaseous uranium hexafluoride (UF6) and, using gaseous diffusion, the fuel is enriched from a natural concentration of 0.7% 235U to about 3% 235U. The fuel is converted to a uranium dioxide (U02) ceramic, which is manufactured into pellets. These are loaded into hollow rods contained within the reactor vessel.


Radioactive Waste Fission Product Pressurize Water Reactor Fast Breeder Reactor Leach Rate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James W. Moore
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  1. 1.Alberta Environmental CentreVegrevilleCanada

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