uranium tetrafluoride


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uranium tetrafluoride

[yə′rā·nē·əm ¦te·trə′flu̇r‚īd]
(inorganic chemistry)
UF4 Toxic, radioactive, corrosive green crystals; insoluble in water; melts at 1036°C; used in the manufacture of uranium metal. Also known as green salt.
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The Comurhex plant is mainly involved in chemical conversion of uranium, especially uranium tetrafluoride to uranium hexafluoride.
There are eight stages in the normal fuel chain: (1) mining; (2) concentration of the mined ore; (3) refining and conversion of the ore to uranium tetrafluoride; (4) conversion of the uranium tetrafluoride to uranium hexafluoride (a solid at room temperature; a gas when heated); (5) enrichment of the uranium hexafluoride; (6) fabrication of uranium hexafluoride into fuel rods and fuel assemblies; (7) installation of the fuel rods in a nuclear reactor; (8) management of the used fuel rods and other radioactive waste.