Uranium at Y-12: Inspection

Posted: July 22, 2013 - 3:36pm | Y-12 Report | Volume 10, Issue 1 | 2013

Inspection of enriched uranium is performed by dimensional checks and radiography. Inspectors examine enriched uranium products using coordinate measuring machines, microscopy, laser inspection machines and other instruments. Technicians use X-rays to determine that the uranium metal integrity is of high quality — absent of voids. These inspections, along with impurity analyses and determination of the concentration of uranium isotopes, constitute the certifying operations for enriched uranium products.

Learn more about some of the complexities in reprocessing and safeguarding one of the nation’s most vital assets.