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Plutonium

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Part of the Topics in Mining, Metallurgy and Materials Engineering book series (TMMME)

Abstract

Plutonium (Pu) is the first synthetically produced element. Metallurgy of plutonium differs from that of other elements. Plutonium is unique amongst metals both in its origin and behaviour. It is a synthetic material in the sense that it does not occur naturally as such but is artificially produced in nuclear reactors from uranium-238 by neutron absorption.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Technology and EngineeringThe Maharaja Sayajirao University of BarodaVadodaraIndia

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