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Fuel cycle The term 'Fuel cycle' as it applies to the area of nuclear science can be defined as ' The series of steps involved in supplying fuel for nuclear power reactors include the following: Uranium recovery to extract (or mine) uranium ore, and concentrate (or mill) the ore to produce 'yellowcake' . Conversion of yellowcake into uranium hexafluoride (UF6). Enrichment to increase the concentration of uranium-235 (U-235) in UF6. Deconversion to reduce the hazards associated with the depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6), or 'tailings,' produced in earlier stages of the fuel cycle. Fuel fabrication to convert enriched UF6 into fuel for nuclear reactors. Use of the fuel in reactors (nuclear power, research, or naval propulsion)'.
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