To: DBrow; Nachum
but 20% U235 is quite a bit hotter. Chances are that this is DU.
Light water nuclear reactors have fuel rods that are only 4% enriched with U235.
The amount of U235 in depleted uranium is about 0.2 to 0.3 weight-percent.
So something that is 20% U235 is five times (500% ) hotter than fuel rods and 100 times (10,000%) hotter than depleted uranium. And when you consider that 0.2 weight-percent U235 in depleted uranium is about 30% of what it was in its naturally occurring form, something that is 20% U235 is highly enriched.
posted on 11/07/2010 6:06:39 PM PST
I agree, except on one point, DU has almost no U235.
Many of these “nuclear smuggling” articles are alarmist and fearmongering, I usually take them with more than 1/7000 of a pound of sodium chloride.
Most of these articles treat anything radioactive as highly enriched uranium, like initial shooting reports in the USA involve automatic weapons and multiple shooters.
posted on 11/07/2010 6:12:32 PM PST
Well, Wikipedia has U235 at the levels you mention, in DU. I had seen numbers in ppm that were much lower, but I guess I was wrong.
Does this make me a DUmmie? lol
posted on 11/07/2010 6:33:47 PM PST
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