The preparation of uranium metal directly from its oxides has been studied by a number of investigators. Various approaches have been pursued in these studies. Some attempts to produce the metal by electrolysis of the oxide in fused salt have been made; however, the reductions of the oxides by another metal and by carbon have attracted most attention. Although no entirely satisfactory method has yet been developed for preparation of uranium metal directly from oxide, the ready availability of high purity oxides makes such a process of interest. An investigation dealing with an approach to this problem is reported here.
Wilhelm, H. A., "The carbon reduction of uranium oxide" (1964). Ames Laboratory Technical Reports. 86.