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Depleted Uranium Value Calculator - HELP

(last updated 14 Dec 2020)

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Introduction

In times of high uranium market prices, depleted uranium stocks can be assigned a monetary value that can be realized by re-enrichment to natural-equivalent uranium.

For the case of re-enrichment of the depleted uranium, this calculator determines the secondary tails assay, at which the value of the depleted uranium is maximized for given prices of uranium, conversion, enrichment work, and waste management.
It uses the following assumptions:

The depleted uranium input to be used for re-enrichment (Primary Tails) must be entered in the Material Balance table, either as UF6, U3O8, or as the uranium contained in one of these compounds.

Once the "Calculate" button is clicked, the Optimum Secondary Tails Assay is determined for the actual parameters, and the Material Balance and the Cost Summary are presented for this Optimum Tails Assay.

The Cost Summary shows the cost balance of the re-enrichment process, plus the liabilities given by the primary and secondary tailings.

The parameters used for the calculation can be set in the Cost Parameters and Process Parameters tables. These parameters show reasonable initial values which can be modified as needed. There are no other hidden parameters used in the calculation.

See special instructions for offline use of this calculator.

 

Cost Parameters

All prices are in US-Dollars.
Natural Uranium: Market Price [$ per lb U3O8]
for current figures, see Current Uranium Prices

Conversion: Market Price [$ per kg U]
for current figures, see Current Uranium Prices

Re-Enrichment: Market Price [$ per SWU]
for current figures, see Current Uranium Prices

Waste Management [$ per kg U in UF6]: deconversion cost to U3O8
provision for the deconversion of the residual secondary depleted uranium tails left from the re-enrichment process; current figures vary wildly.

Waste Management [$ per kg U in U3O8]: disposal cost as U3O8
provision for the disposal of the residual secondary depleted uranium tails left from the re-enrichment process; current figures vary wildly.

Waste Management: consider avoided waste management cost of Primary Tails as a bonus
uncheck this option for situations, where this is not applicable.

Waste Management: consider waste management cost of Secondary Tails as a liability
uncheck this option for situations, where this is not applicable.

 

Process Parameters

Conversion: Losses [%]
Production losses during the conversion process (U3O8 to UF6)

Re-Enrichment: Primary Tails Assay [wt_% U-235]
Weight-percent of the fissile isotope uranium-235 in the depleted uranium material that is fed into the re-enrichment plant. Typical values are in the 0.2 - 0.3 wt_% range.

Deconversion: Losses [%]
Production losses during the deconversion process (UF6 to U3O8)

 

Calculation Details

The formulae used by the calculator for the enrichment process can be found in Wikipedia .

 

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