Skip to comments.Uranium Centrifuges and Uranium Bombs
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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Like “Little Boy”.
Sounds simple but speed of combining is critical.
Simpler, but not simple.
Critical mass device.
Implosion requires even more precision.
Yes, apparently so.
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Mahmoud Ahmedinejad why don’t you tease the Dragons Tail?
You might learn something useful. And solve one of our problems.
Thank you Son of Strangelove.
I appreciate it.
You are welcome
“You might learn something useful.”
If only he wanted to — he rides on a different horse with a different agenda than the rest of us.
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Note: The following blog entry is a quote:
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
"...and that this is a serious matter."
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).
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
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:
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.
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.
Speaking of Oak Ridge...now that place sounds familiar:
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.
A cyclotron is used for radiation therapy.