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The element. BEST. WORST ?. Or . Depleted Uranium. What is it?. Bi-product of Uranium enrichment process Highly Radioactive Isotopes removed Separation of U 235 and U238 isotopes. Uses of Depleted Uranium. Military, arsenal shells, armored tanks Aircraft counterweights, Keels on yachts

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Depleted uranium

  • The element

BEST

WORST ?

  • Or

Depleted Uranium


What is it

What is it?

  • Bi-product of Uranium enrichment process

    • Highly Radioactive Isotopes removed

    • Separation of U 235 and U238 isotopes


Uses of depleted uranium

Uses of Depleted Uranium

  • Military, arsenal shells, armored tanks

  • Aircraft counterweights, Keels on yachts

  • Radioactive Shielding ( X-rays )

  • Drilling Machinery


How du is made

How DU is made

DU is a product of the uranium enrichment

process. It is produced through gaseous

diffusion, where Uranium Hexaflouride is

heated into a gaseous form and forced

through a series of filters. Through this

process, the uranium is separated into two

steams having differing amounts of U-235

and U-238 isotopes. The stream having less

concentration of U-235 is referred to as

depleted UF6, which can then be processed

into DU alloys.


Physical properties

Physical Properties

  • Extremely dense

    • About 1.7 times denser than lead


Du in military arsenal

DU in military arsenal

  • Tip or core of projectile arsenal

    • Can penetrate armor as much as 25% deeper than standard shells

    • Upon impact, DU vaporizes and settles as dust, potentially hazardous


Misconceptions

Misconceptions

  • Is DU dangerous?

    • It depends who you ask

  • Radiation

    • 40% less radioactive than natural Uranium

  • Exterior contact with body

    • No apparent threat

  • Ingested into the body

    • Circumstantial evidence

    • Opposing view points


Proposed hazards

Proposed Hazards

  • No proven evidence / topic of debate

  • Few published studies

    • Suggest no hazards inherent in DU

    • Classified

  • Reports of Birth Defects / Leukemia

  • Fragments

  • Inhalation

    • Vapour

    • Dust


Conflicting views

Conflicting Views

  • “A Serbian researcher said there is a public health disaster  in Kosovo waiting to happen. DU was first used there two  years ago. The people in the NATO-occupied territory have  been told nothing about the contamination of the water and  ground.”

    By Paddy Colligan; Brussels, Belgium

  • “The World Health Organization agrees that DU is not a great health risk. It’s 2003 facts sheet on the topic declares that ‘because DU is only weakly radioactive, very large amounts of dust (on the order of grams) would have to be inhaled for the additional risk of lung cancer to be detectable in an exposed group.”

    By Ronald Baily, writer for ‘Reason’ online magazine


Depleted uranium

Soldiers climbing on a destroyed Iraqi tank.

Projectiles with DU tips

Fired DU tank round

Soldier handling DU rounds


Depleted uranium

Gaseous UF6 storage tank

Depleted Uranium

Storage Facilities


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