Nuclear fuels: Current Affairs, GK & News - 2020-2021

BARC re-commissions an upgraded version of nuclear reactor ‘Apsara-U’

Published: September 12, 2018

The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) has recently re-commissioned an upgraded version of nuclear research reactor ‘Apsara-U’ with a higher capacity, which was shut down permanently in 2009 for revamp. The indigenously made reactor ‘Apsara-U’ uses plate type dispersion fuel elements made of Low Enriched Uranium (LEU). By virtue of higher neutron flux, this reactor ..

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The world’s first IAEA Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) Bank opened in Kazakhstan

Published: August 30, 2017

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has launched the world’s first IAEA Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) bank at the Ulba Metallurgical Plant (UMP) in Oskemen, Kazakhstan. The $150 million facility will help ensure a steady supply of low enriched uranium for countries’ nuclear power programmes. The bank is owned and managed by IAEA. It is ..

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Australia agrees to provide uranium to India

Published: July 12, 2012

Australia has agreed to supply uranium to India. It is making internal arrangements to ensure the supply. It is known that earlier Australia had denied supply of uranium to India as it was not a signatory to Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) although India signed treaties with more than 8 countries including the US for nuclear trade.

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Iran, world powers unable to overcome impasse over Teheran’s nuclear programme

Published: June 21, 2012

No breakthrough could be achieved in the Moscow round of talks between Iran and the 6 major world powers – the USA, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany, over Teheran’s nuclear programme. The negotiations concluded with a decision to organize a technical follow-up meeting in Istanbul on July 3, 2012. What is the stand of ..

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Laser Enrichment Process

Published: November 4, 2011

What is Laser Enrichment Process? In one of our science modules we have studied about the Uranium Enrichment Process by Centrifuges. The fundamental principle behind the Uranium Enrichment by centrifuges is that U-235 weighs slightly less than U-238. This difference in weight is used to separate them. First Uranium is made to react with hydrofluoric ..

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