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Depleted-Uranium Weapons: the Whys and Wherefores

  title={Depleted-Uranium Weapons: the Whys and Wherefores},
  author={Andr{\'e} Gsponer},
  journal={arXiv: Physics and Society},
  • A. Gsponer
  • Published 23 January 2003
  • Materials Science
  • arXiv: Physics and Society
The only military application in which depleted-uranium (DU) alloys out-perform present-day tungsten alloys is long-rod penetration into a main battle-tank's armor. However, this advantage is only on the order of 10%, and it disappears when the comparison is made in terms of actual lethality of complete anti-tank systems instead of laboratory-type steel penetration capability. Therefore, new micro- and nano-engineered tungsten alloys may soon out-perform DU alloys, enabling the production of… 

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  • P. Longère
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  • K. Hulme
  • Political Science
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  • Atomkernenergie–Kerntechnik
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