Module 102 The Nuclear Fuel Cycle
Helium, an inert gas, is pumped into the
tubes, which are then capped. A cluster of
these tubes separated by spacers forms a
reactor fue l assembly.
Fabrication of other materials, such as weapons
parts, may also include materials made with
The primary goal of the uranium fuel cycle process
is to yield enriched uranium. This product can be
· power reactors,
· research reactors,
· nuclear weapons, and
· naval propulsion reactors.
There are also a number of uses for uranium metal
depleted in the 235U isotope, such as:
· radiation s hielding,
· armor-piercing bullets,
· catalysts for chemical reactions,
· armor plating, and
· counter weights.