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Uranium hexafluoride crystals sealed in an ampoule

Uranium hexaflouride in a glass amuple

Uranium hexafluoride (UF6), referred to as "hex" in the nuclear industry, is a compound used in the uranium enrichment process that produces fuel for nuclear reactors and nuclear weapons. It forms solid grey crystals at standard temperature and pressure (STP), is highly toxic, reacts violently with water and is corrosive to most metals. It reacts mildly with aluminium, forming a thin surface layer of AlF3 that resists further reaction.

Uranium hexafluoride in Southern VictoryEdit

Uranium hexafluoride was a highly toxic gas. It was the only gas known to be effective in the enrichment by gaseous diffusion of uranium. Confederate physicist Henderson V. FitzBelmont mentioned this when he first unsuccessfully attempted to convince President Jake Featherston to support a project to research and build a superbomb.

Uranium hexafluoride in WorldwarEdit

The Japanese under Yoshio Nishina began development of explosive-metal bombs during the Race Invasion using Uranium hexafluoride in the enrichment process. Their research was aided by information provided by Teerts, a Lizard POW. After Teerts became a ginger addict, he was taken to the Japanese uranium hexafluoride facility to verify they were on the right path.

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