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Title: Method for decontamination of nickel-fluoride-coated nickel containing actinide-metal fluorides

Abstract

In one aspect, the invention comprises contacting nickel-fluoride-coated nickel with gaseous ammonia at a temperature effecting nickel-catalyzed dissociation thereof and effecting hydrogen-reduction of the nickel fluoride. The resulting nickel is heated to form a melt and a slag and to effect transfer of actinide metals from the melt into the slag. The melt and slag are then separated. In another aspect, nickel contianing nickel oxide and actinide metals is contacted with ammonia at a temperature effecting nickel-catalyzed dissociation to effect conversion of the nickel oxide to the metal. The resulting nickel is then melted and separated as described. In another aspect nickel-fluoride-coated nickel containing actinide-metal fluorides is contacted with both steam and ammonia. The resulting nickel then is melted and separated as described. The invention is characterized by higher nickel recovery, efficient use of ammonia, a substantial decrease in slag formation and fuming, and a valuable increase in the service life of the furnace liners used for melting.

Inventors:
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OSTI Identifier:
5413522
Application Number:
ON: DE84005940
Assignee:
ERA-09-012373; EDB-84-036613
DOE Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-26
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; ACTINIDE COMPOUNDS; REMOVAL; NICKEL; DECONTAMINATION; AMMONIA; FLUORIDES; MELTING; NICKEL FLUORIDES; REDUCTION; SCRAP METALS; SLAGS; CHEMICAL REACTIONS; CLEANING; ELEMENTS; FLUORINE COMPOUNDS; HALIDES; HALOGEN COMPOUNDS; HYDRIDES; HYDROGEN COMPOUNDS; METALS; NICKEL COMPOUNDS; NITROGEN COMPOUNDS; NITROGEN HYDRIDES; PHASE TRANSFORMATIONS; SCRAP; SOLID WASTES; TRANSITION ELEMENT COMPOUNDS; TRANSITION ELEMENTS; WASTES; 360101* - Metals & Alloys- Preparation & Fabrication; 052001 - Nuclear Fuels- Waste Processing

Citation Formats

Windt, N.F., and Williams, J.L.. Method for decontamination of nickel-fluoride-coated nickel containing actinide-metal fluorides. United States: N. p., Web.
Windt, N.F., & Williams, J.L.. Method for decontamination of nickel-fluoride-coated nickel containing actinide-metal fluorides. United States.
Windt, N.F., and Williams, J.L.. . "Method for decontamination of nickel-fluoride-coated nickel containing actinide-metal fluorides". United States. doi:.
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abstractNote = {In one aspect, the invention comprises contacting nickel-fluoride-coated nickel with gaseous ammonia at a temperature effecting nickel-catalyzed dissociation thereof and effecting hydrogen-reduction of the nickel fluoride. The resulting nickel is heated to form a melt and a slag and to effect transfer of actinide metals from the melt into the slag. The melt and slag are then separated. In another aspect, nickel contianing nickel oxide and actinide metals is contacted with ammonia at a temperature effecting nickel-catalyzed dissociation to effect conversion of the nickel oxide to the metal. The resulting nickel is then melted and separated as described. In another aspect nickel-fluoride-coated nickel containing actinide-metal fluorides is contacted with both steam and ammonia. The resulting nickel then is melted and separated as described. The invention is characterized by higher nickel recovery, efficient use of ammonia, a substantial decrease in slag formation and fuming, and a valuable increase in the service life of the furnace liners used for melting.},
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