But if its depleted, isn't it relatively safe?
@ThePandaPool , depleted uranium is still radio active. But not enough to continue nuclear fission. Its still very deadly to be around but somewhat safe if mixed with other metals. The us army used them in tank rounds as a substitute for tungsten during the gulf war. But soldiers who were hit with shrapnel from rounds developed cancer later on.
@I grade all memes, but all the rounds were only a mix? That's why I was thinking it was relatively safe. I thought the rounds were pure depleated uranium.
@I grade all memes, our gamma ray sources for industrial radiography are encased in depleted uranium as shielding
@ThePandaPool , yeah but it's still pretty bad to be riding around in a big steel box with a bunch of it. And it still really fvcks you up if you get hit by one
@Not him again, yea. That's why I was saying relatively. So he would be absolutely fine in this situation?
@I grade all memes, it’s actually less radioactive then natural Uranium and vary safe in when in a stable form like a unfired tank round.
@3d2y, the use of it for munitions is somewhat unethical as it causes more serious problems 10+ years later.
@ThePandaPool , uranium is still a heavy metal. So even though this particular ratio of isotopes isn't particularly radioactive, it's still a potent heavy metal (like lead) that isn't good to introduce to the environment around you, because it will leach into your food and water where it can cause health effects. It was used because it's even more dense than lead (i.e. heavy metal), which helped them pack even more kinetic energy into each round fired.
@I grade all memes, it seems like hitting people with large bits of metal traveling at lethal speeds in order to kill them is inherently unethical.
Kinda like debating the ethics of using a flamethrower on people because it causes lifelong scarring if they survive.
If they survive, you’re doing it wrong.
@I grade all memes, used? Are we under the impression that we stopped using DU penetrators? Cause if so someone needs to tell the army
@Richard Cypher, ayyy, my man, you’re in NDT?
@FriendlyPlatypus, yeahh boi
@Richard Cypher, dude same. Where you at?
@FriendlyPlatypus, for the sake of anonymity, I’ll say a refinery in the southern US lol
@Tsaltydog, working at a commercial reactor, specifically specializing in radiation protection, I can confirm that the radioactive properties of uranium are pretty insignificant. Because of its atomic weight, it actually makes one of the best photon (electromagnetic radiation) shields. It is, however, rather toxic to humanity, and small doses (chronic or acute) can result in complete kidney failure and screw up your whole renal system.
@Richard Cypher, hey I also do industrial radiography!
@Richard Cypher, lucky man. I’d love to be in the US. How do you feel about housing an illegal immigrant?
He was “blessed”
Not enough eyes or heads on that angel
That would be effects of active uranium early in it's life while it's unstable not depleted