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Lasers and uranium isotope separation

Abstract

The use of lasers by the electronuclear industry to enrich uranium is discussed, particularly economic aspects. The SILMO and SILVA processes (chosen by France for industrial development) are presented. Criteria which lead to the choice of lasers and to their set-up (architecture of the chain) are described. For electricity - consumption linked to the use of lasers of 40 kWh/STU, a laser uranium enrichment plant with 10 STU/yr capacity requires 50kW of light from copper vapor lasers, i.e., 500 units each having 100W capacity, compared with the 40W units currently marketed.
Authors:
Publication Date:
Dec 01, 1987
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
CONF-8707107-
Reference Number:
FRD-88-003358; EDB-89-006801
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: J. Phys. (Les Ulis) (Paris), Colloq.; (France); Journal Volume: 48:C.7; Conference: 1. international conference on laser M2P, Lyon-Villeurbanne, France, 7 Jul 1987
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; LASER ISOTOPE SEPARATION; ECONOMIC ANALYSIS; ENERGY CONSUMPTION; ENRICHED URANIUM; NUCLEAR INDUSTRY; ACTINIDES; ECONOMICS; ELEMENTS; INDUSTRY; ISOTOPE ENRICHED MATERIALS; ISOTOPE SEPARATION; MATERIALS; METALS; SEPARATION PROCESSES; URANIUM; 050503* - Nuclear Fuels- Uranium Enrichment- Laser Excitation- (-1989); 051000 - Nuclear Fuels- Economic, Industrial, & Business Aspects
OSTI ID:
6917917
Research Organizations:
CEA CEN Saclay, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France). Dept. de Physico Chimie
Country of Origin:
France
Language:
French
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: CODEN: JPQCA
Submitting Site:
FRN
Size:
Pages: C7.101-C7.104
Announcement Date:

Citation Formats

Gilles, L. Lasers and uranium isotope separation. France: N. p., 1987. Web.
Gilles, L. Lasers and uranium isotope separation. France.
Gilles, L. 1987. "Lasers and uranium isotope separation." France.
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title = {Lasers and uranium isotope separation}
author = {Gilles, L}
abstractNote = {The use of lasers by the electronuclear industry to enrich uranium is discussed, particularly economic aspects. The SILMO and SILVA processes (chosen by France for industrial development) are presented. Criteria which lead to the choice of lasers and to their set-up (architecture of the chain) are described. For electricity - consumption linked to the use of lasers of 40 kWh/STU, a laser uranium enrichment plant with 10 STU/yr capacity requires 50kW of light from copper vapor lasers, i.e., 500 units each having 100W capacity, compared with the 40W units currently marketed.}
journal = {J. Phys. (Les Ulis) (Paris), Colloq.; (France)}
volume = {48:C.7}
place = {France}
year = {1987}
month = {Dec}
}