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Uranium Centrifuges and Uranium Bombs
LONG WAR JOURNAL.org - Threat Matrix ^ | November 4, 2009 12:48 PM | By ROBERT BARRY

Posted on 11/04/2009 8:17:59 PM PST by Cindy

Iran reports having thousands of centrifuges spinning away to make fuel for their upcoming power reactors. Others think that Iran has it in mind to make weapons material using those same centrifuges. In fact, Iran could divert just 1% of its centrifuge production and have enough weapons-grade material to make a few bombs per year. The arithmetic is provided here below.

Note: I was with Westinghouse civilian nuclear power for 30 years as a registered professional engineer with nuclear specialization. I hold a doctorate in engineering. All information here is unclassified."

Read more: http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2009/11/uranium_centrifuges_and_uraniu.php

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TOPICS: Education; History; Reference
KEYWORDS: atomic; atomicbombs; bombs; centrifuges; iran; longwarjournal; nuclear; nuclearbombs; uranium

1 posted on 11/04/2009 8:18:00 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy
Uranium Bombs are the easiest to make.
2 posted on 11/04/2009 8:20:25 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("We will either find a way, or make one."Hannibal/Carthaginian Military Commander)
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To: Cindy
In Fact, the Uranium "gun assembly" bomb did not need testing in 1945. The hardest bomb is the implosion device.
3 posted on 11/04/2009 8:22:35 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("We will either find a way, or make one."Hannibal/Carthaginian Military Commander)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Like “Little Boy”.

Sounds simple but speed of combining is critical.

Simpler, but not simple.

Critical mass device.

Implosion requires even more precision.


4 posted on 11/04/2009 8:22:57 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Yes, apparently so.


5 posted on 11/04/2009 8:23:24 PM PST by Cindy
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To: All

ON THE INTERNET:

http://www.truthusa.com/IRAN.html


6 posted on 11/04/2009 8:25:20 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy

Mahmoud Ahmedinejad why don’t you tease the Dragons Tail?

You might learn something useful. And solve one of our problems.


7 posted on 11/04/2009 8:25:35 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.)
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To: Cindy

This is what the centrifuge factory looks like at the Qom facility
8 posted on 11/04/2009 8:31:55 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("We will either find a way, or make one."Hannibal/Carthaginian Military Commander)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Thank you Son of Strangelove.
I appreciate it.


9 posted on 11/04/2009 8:40:38 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy

You are welcome


10 posted on 11/04/2009 8:41:29 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("We will either find a way, or make one."Hannibal/Carthaginian Military Commander)
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To: Texas Fossil

“You might learn something useful.”

OPINION:

If only he wanted to — he rides on a different horse with a different agenda than the rest of us.


11 posted on 11/04/2009 8:44:29 PM PST by Cindy
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To: All

Off Thread Topic...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2340480/posts

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Note: The following blog entry is a quote:

http://www.thememriblog.org/iran/blog_personal/en/21644.htm

Blog Details
Khamenei Advisor: Khamenei Is Messiah Substitute

Yahyah Rahim Safavi, advisor to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, has said that Khamenei is the substitute of the Mahdi (the Shi’ite messiah), and that this is a serious matter.

Source: ISNA, Iran, November 2, 2009

Posted at: 2009-11-04


12 posted on 11/04/2009 8:52:33 PM PST by Cindy
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SNIPPET from post no. 12:


"...and that this is a serious matter."

OPINION: Yep.

13 posted on 11/04/2009 8:53:54 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy
Centrifuges (cyclotrons) contributed U235 to the Hiroshima bomb in 1945, and Iran has modern centrifuges today.

A centrifuge is not a cyclotron and as far as I know from reading quite a lot about the Manhattan Project, neither of these was involved in obtaining the U235 for the Hiroshima bomb. The Manhattan Project used gaseous diffusion and calutrons (large mass spectrometers).

14 posted on 11/04/2009 8:56:55 PM PST by wideminded
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To: Texas Fossil

Check out Nuclear Weapon Archive for precise details on
weapon design (unclassified)

Cary Sublette, the author, also is regular on USENET
group alt.war.nuclear, always willing to answer questions

http://nuclearweaponarchive.org/


15 posted on 11/04/2009 9:01:31 PM PST by njslim
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To: wideminded

Thanks for your feedback wideminded.

The author is supposed to be an expert on the subject whereas I am a housewife. You may wish to provide the author feedback which is located in the comments section at the end of the article here:

http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2009/11/uranium_centrifuges_and_uraniu.php


16 posted on 11/04/2009 9:04:21 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy
Centrifuges (cyclotrons) contributed U235 to the Hiroshima bomb in 1945, and Iran has modern centrifuges today.

This represents a confusion. The cyclotron is a type of particle accelerator which, in the form of the Calutron was used to separate U235, as described. The centrifuge is more closely related to the gas diffusion technique implemented on a massive scale at Oak Ridge.

17 posted on 11/04/2009 9:31:55 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: dr_lew

OPINION:

Thanks Dr. Lew for your feedback.

Yes, I was reading about the history of the particle accelerator of early times.

I see where the confusion comes in.

His statement was most likely a broad generalization for the general public.

Got it.

Speaking of Oak Ridge...now that place sounds familiar:

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/oakridge/index?tab=articles


18 posted on 11/04/2009 9:39:02 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy

If my memory is correct I think the article describes the wrong isotopes. U235 was used on the “little boy” and the most common isotope is U236 which makes it hard to separate the U-235 from. That is why they used a cyclotron to change the atomic structure to U238 (plutonium) which could be successfully.


19 posted on 11/04/2009 10:05:38 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.)
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To: wideminded

A cyclotron is used for radiation therapy.


20 posted on 11/04/2009 10:08:22 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("We will either find a way, or make one."Hannibal/Carthaginian Military Commander)
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To: Cindy

Obozo thinks he is the Mahdi (Hidden Imam)

Thought that Mahmoud Ahmedinejad agreed, he was always talking that bull to Putin. Sure it bored the old Commie.


21 posted on 11/04/2009 10:28:23 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.)
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To: Texas Fossil

Yep and yep.


22 posted on 11/04/2009 10:29:05 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Texas Fossil

Well, that is yep if you mean Ahmadinejad thinks that the Hidden Mahdi is coming soon.

As for “Obozo” I wouldn’t know.


23 posted on 11/04/2009 10:30:49 PM PST by Cindy
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To: sonofstrangelove

“A cyclotron is used for radiation therapy.”

And to change the atomic weight of isotopes.


24 posted on 11/04/2009 10:31:08 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.)
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To: Texas Fossil

Correct


25 posted on 11/04/2009 10:31:46 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("We will either find a way, or make one."Hannibal/Carthaginian Military Commander)
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To: Cindy

“As for “Obozo” I wouldn’t know.”

Nor do I for certain, but his shear arrogance invokes my smell test reaction.

He is a stealth Muzzie, owned lock stock and rain barrel by outside interests. Committed to destroying what we recognize as the United States.

It is our task to prevent that and send him back to the hell hole when he came.


26 posted on 11/04/2009 10:35:19 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.)
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To: Cindy

I think the article is a disinformation piece. There are several points that do not jive with what I have read about the process.

There may be a good reason to do that.

Krazy Rags with Nukes are a dangerous thought.

Any previous “President” would have dealt with this type of threat. The “one” who sleeps in the White House will not. He is in love with the Mullahs, and all the rest of the petty dictators.


27 posted on 11/04/2009 10:40:47 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.)
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To: Cindy

bump


28 posted on 11/04/2009 10:53:56 PM PST by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: Captain Beyond

Thank you for the bump Captain Beyond.


29 posted on 11/04/2009 10:55:24 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Texas Fossil

The author is supposed to be an expert on the subject whereas I am a housewife. You may wish to provide the author feedback which is located in the comments section at the end of the article here:

http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2009/11/uranium_centrifuges_and_uraniu.php


30 posted on 11/04/2009 11:27:53 PM PST by Cindy
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