A Linear Programming Model of the Gaseous-Diffusion Isotope-Separation Process

by Donald M. Fort

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An attempt to show how the gaseous-diffusion process for separating uranium isotopes may be treated as a linear-programming model. The model is developed by the theoretical or engineering approach, as opposed to empirical methods based on statistical analysis of observations. The model may be useful in the economic analysis of complicated systems involving various feedbacks between gaseous diffusion plant, nuclear reactors, and other facilities involved in the production of nuclear materials and nuclear power.

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