Nuclear Energy

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

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Clay Dust Graphite Leukemia Iodine 

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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