- Unalloyed uranium and uranium-0.78 wt%Ti alloy were studied in planar impact experiments with initial sample temperature ranging from 27 to 860°C. The velocity of the free surface of the samples was monitored by VISAR. It was found that the dynamic compressive strength of both the materials undergoes two-fold increase in the narrow temperature interval corresponding to the domain of beta-phase of uranium. The increase is followed by abrupt, factor of 3-4, strength drop when the initial state of the tested material is gamma-uranium. Such strength behavior explains the uranium susceptibility to adiabatic shear banding. The spall strength of both the alloys is characterized by similar temperature variations. The strength mechanism (phonon viscosity) acting in gamma-phase of pure uranium seems inherited from its alpha-structure while the strength of beta-uranium is controlled by high resistance to shearing characteristic for material having the structure of intermetallic sigma-phase.