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About a week ago, I heard about the controversey involving the Russians exporting material to the Palestinians. One of these exports was high grade aluminum in which the news announcer stated that it could be used with enriched uranium for nuclear bombs. I'm not sure how combining uranium with aluminum could improve the materials effectiveness. I would think that this aluminum could be used as a radiation shield for the bomb casings. Yet, the announcer said that it could be combined with the uranium. The problem I figured out was that uranium should be in pure form and hardly contain any other metal in order to be effective bomb material. Am I missing something on the physics of weapons or was this just bad reporting?
Re: Why would high grade aluminum be used in nuclear weapons?
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