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« Reply #180 on: November 29, 2022, 04:54:40 pm »


I suppose it would be beautiful and exciting to someone who is wondering what to do with a stockpile of depleted uranium. As the method seems to involve storing the hydrogen as uranium hydride, UH3, I its storage density would be good volumetrically, but not by mass (storing a tonne of hydrogen would take 79 tonnes of uranium). That suggests static storage uses only.


I don't think there is a shortage of things to do with depleted uranium. It is used as balancing ballast in aircraft, screening in medical imaging machinery, keels on sailing boats, and anything else where something more than 50% heavier than lead would come in handy. Its use in munitions proved controversial. While being shot dead by a DU bullet doesn't make things any worse for you, some of the bigger munitions can pretty much vaporise, then leave a poisonous dust on the battlefield. It isn't particularly radioactive, but ingesting uranium isn't a good idea - it is rather poisonous. I think you would be right about it being useful only for static storage, it would be a lot to carry around in a mobile phone. Expect protests from anyone near wherever it may be used, for no scientifically valid reason.
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