separative work unit


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separative work unit

[′sep·rəd·iv ′wərk ‚yü·nət]
(nuclear physics)
A fundamental measure of work required to separate a quantity of isotopic mixture into two component parts, one having a higher percentage of concentration of the desired isotope and one having a lower percentage.
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Central to calculations about centrifuges is their efficiency, usually measured in terms of separative work units (SWUs), which relate to both the amount of material processed and the degree of enrichment reached.
Gross profit declined due to lower volume of separative work units (SWU) sold, higher unit costs for SWU and uranium, and lower average uranium selling price.
8 million separative work units (SWU) a year of low enriched uranium fuel for commercial nuclear power plants.
If the decision is made to proceed with construction, the GLE commercial production facility would have a target capacity of three-to-six million separative work units (SWUs).
8 million separative work units from approximately 11,500 AC100 series centrifuge machines.