uranium hexafluoride

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uranium hexafluoride

[yə′rā·nē·əm ¦hek·sə′flu̇r‚īd]
(inorganic chemistry)
UF6 Highly toxic, radioactive, corrosive, colorless crystals; soluble in carbon tetrachloride, fluorocarbons, and liquid halogens; it reacts vigorously with alcohol, water, ether, and most metals, and it sublimes; used to separate uranium isotopes in the gaseous-diffusion process.
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All uranium fluorides are created using uranium tetrafluoride (UF4).
Centrifuges purify uranium fluoride gas into reactor or bomb fuel by spinning at high speeds.
an over-filled cylinder of uranium fluoride gas being heated in steam chest suddenly ruptures, sending a cloud of toxic smoke boiling into the air.
Suspicious Westerners have also said that the Fordo enrichment site only makes sense if there is a replacement conversion plant in case of the bombing of the Esfahan plant that converts uranium ore into the uranium fluoride (UF6) gas that is inserted in centrifuges to be enriched.