The separation of uranium isotopes by gaseous diffusion: a linear-programming model.

by Donald M. Fort

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A description of a linear-programming model of the gaseous-diffusion process for separating uranium isotopes. The model is intended primarily as a component of larger models involving interactions between the gaseous-diffusion process, nuclear reactors, and other facilities of the nuclear- materials industry. The model discussed concerns an idealized version of the gaseous-diffusion process in steady-state operation. The types of relations considered are the material balance within the plant, the scale of plant required to generate given material flows, and the irreversible nature of the gaseous-diffusion process. This paper suggests the importance of the irreversible nature of the gaseous-diffusion process in certain applications and describes a way to handle it by linear programming.

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