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Title: PRODUCTION OF URANIUM METAL BY CARBON REDUCTION

Abstract

The preparation of uranium metal by the carbon reduction of an oxide of uranium is described. In a preferred embodiment of the invention a charge composed of carbon and uranium oxide is heated to a solid mass after which it is further heated under vacuum to a temperature of about 2000 deg C to produce a fused uranium metal. Slowly ccoling the fused mass produces a dendritic structure of uranium carbide in uranium metal. Reacting the solidified charge with deionized water hydrolyzes the uranium carbide to finely divide uranium dioxide which can be separated from the coarser uranium metal by ordinary filtration methods.

Inventors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Originating Research Org. not identified
OSTI Identifier:
4210563
Patent Number(s):
US 2905552
Assignee:
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission DTIE; NSA-14-006248
NSA Number:
NSA-14-006248
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Orig. Receipt Date: 31-DEC-60
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
CHEMISTRY; CARBON; FILTERS; HEATING; HYDROLYSIS; METALS; PRODUCTION; REDUCTION; SEPARATION PROCESSES; SOLIDS; URANIUM; URANIUM CARBIDES; URANIUM DIOXIDE; URANIUM OXIDES; VACUUM

Citation Formats

Holden, R.B., Powers, R.M., and Blaber, O.J. PRODUCTION OF URANIUM METAL BY CARBON REDUCTION. United States: N. p., 1959. Web.
Holden, R.B., Powers, R.M., & Blaber, O.J. PRODUCTION OF URANIUM METAL BY CARBON REDUCTION. United States.
Holden, R.B., Powers, R.M., and Blaber, O.J. Tue . "PRODUCTION OF URANIUM METAL BY CARBON REDUCTION". United States.
@article{osti_4210563,
title = {PRODUCTION OF URANIUM METAL BY CARBON REDUCTION},
author = {Holden, R.B. and Powers, R.M. and Blaber, O.J.},
abstractNote = {The preparation of uranium metal by the carbon reduction of an oxide of uranium is described. In a preferred embodiment of the invention a charge composed of carbon and uranium oxide is heated to a solid mass after which it is further heated under vacuum to a temperature of about 2000 deg C to produce a fused uranium metal. Slowly ccoling the fused mass produces a dendritic structure of uranium carbide in uranium metal. Reacting the solidified charge with deionized water hydrolyzes the uranium carbide to finely divide uranium dioxide which can be separated from the coarser uranium metal by ordinary filtration methods.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1959},
month = {9}
}