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Dupoly process for treatment of depleted uranium and production of beneficial end products

United States Patent

6,030,549
February 29, 2000
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The present invention provides a process of encapsulating depleted uranium by forming a homogenous mixture of depleted uranium and molten virgin or recycled thermoplastic polymer into desired shapes. Separate streams of depleted uranium and virgin or recycled thermoplastic polymer are simultaneously subjected to heating and mixing conditions. The heating and mixing conditions are provided by a thermokinetic mixer, continuous mixer or an extruder and preferably by a thermokinetic mixer or continuous mixer followed by an extruder. The resulting DUPoly shapes can be molded into radiation shielding material or can be used as counter weights for use in airplanes, helicopters, ships, missiles, armor or projectiles.
Kalb; Paul D. (Wading River, NY), Adams; Jay W. (Stony Brook, NY), Lageraaen; Paul R. (Seaford, NY), Cooley; Carl R. (Gaithersburg, MD)
Brookhaven Science Associates (Upton, NY)
08/ 910,502
August 4, 1997
This invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-AC02-76CH00016, awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.