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The Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride Story

An overview of Uranium, its isotopes, the need and history of diffusive separation, the handling of the Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride, and discussion of potential consequences.



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Video00:35The Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride Story from the U.S. Department of Energy
Video02:05Various compounds of Uranium:
    U3O8 (yellowcake)- left background
    UO2 (Brown Oxide)- left foreground
    (NH4)2U2O7 (ADU)- right background
    UF4 (green salt)- right foreground
Video02:15Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride (UF6) as a solid at room temperature
Video03:40Construction of Uranium Hexafluoride diffusion facility in the 1940's
Video04:15Animation of diffusion process
Video04:40Creating liquid UF6 by applying some heat
Video05:02Closeup of normal feed cylinders in storage
Video05:15Truck transportation of enriched UF6 cylinders
Video05:41Overview of depleted UF6cylinder yards at Portsmouth
Video05:50Side view of a depleted UF6 cylinder storage yard at Oak Ridge
Video06:07Cylinder specifications document, ANSI N14.1
Video06:51Portsmouth depleted UF6 withdrawal facility
Video07:23Cylinders are filled to 90% with liquid UF6 at 160 oF
Video07:42Depleted UF6 cylinder cooling at Portsmouth
Video07:58Cylinders are about 62% full of solid UF6 at ambient temperatures
Video08:10Cylinder movement with Straddle Carriers
Video08:23Cylinder stacking in storage yard
Video08:32Inside a UF6 cylinder
Video09:52A depleted UF6 cylinder with valve removed
Video11:25Solid depleted UF6 exposed to atmosphere in a petri dish
Video12:08Solid depleted UF6 exposed to water in a petri dish
Video12:30Some depleted UF6/HF gas mixture escaping from valve opening
Video13:25Masking tape stops release of depleted UF6/HF gas mixture
Video13:48Cylinder under water
Video14:33Detail of plug formation by water on top of solid UF6
Video14:55Cylinder of solid depleted UF6 with valve removed under water
Video15:26UO2F2 plug formation, preventing release
Video16:00Inspecting depleted UF6 cylinders
Video16:42Executive Producer: Bob Dyer

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