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Depleted Uranium (DU) Cermet Waste Package

The steel components of the waste package could be replaced with a uranium cermet. The cermet contains uranium dioxide particulates, which are embedded in steel. Cermets are made with outer layers of clean steel; thus, there is no radiation-contamination hazard in handling the waste packages. Because cermets are made of the same materials that would normally be found in the YM repository (uranium dioxide and steel), there are no chemical compatibility issues. From half to all of the DU inventory in the United States could be used for this application.

Depleted Uranium Dioxide Steel Cermet
Cross Section of a Depleted Uranium Dioxide Steel Cermet

Follow the link below for more information on Cermets:

  Applications of Cermets to Meet Operational Waste Package Requirements

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