Uranium Enrichment

With all the topics of Iran and North Korea these days, what precise technology does it take to safely make a useful amount of uranium for power plants or weapons. Only a certain type of uranium works in nuclear reactors and bombs. You'd be surprised how difficult the refinement process is.

Detailed Information on that is here: https://www.livescience.com/6463-uranium-enriched.html

QUOTE from that article: "Each time the gas is spun in a centrifuge, only a small amount of uranium-238 gas is removed from the mixture, so the tubes are used in series. Each centrifuge pulls out a little bit of uranium-238, and then passes the slightly refined gas mixture onto the next tube, and so on, until many hundreds of thousands of spins later, the gas remaining in the tube is almost entirely composed of uranium-235, Binder said."

The process in separating something (a gas) that weighs only one atom less is tedious, and must be repeated thousands of times, in a centrifuge, to yield a very small amount. The gas then needs to be made "solid" in order to make the pellets (used in the rods for nuclear power plants).

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