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Title: Induction melter apparatus

Abstract

Apparatus and methods of operation are provided for a cold-crucible-induction melter for vitrifying waste wherein a single induction power supply may be used to effect a selected thermal distribution by independently energizing at least two inductors. Also, a bottom drain assembly may be heated by an inductor and may include an electrically resistive heater. The bottom drain assembly may be cooled to solidify molten material passing therethrough to prevent discharge of molten material therefrom. Configurations are provided wherein the induction flux skin depth substantially corresponds with the central longitudinal axis of the crucible. Further, the drain tube may be positioned within the induction flux skin depth in relation to material within the crucible or may be substantially aligned with a direction of flow of molten material within the crucible. An improved head design including four shells forming thermal radiation shields and at least two gas-cooled plenums is also disclosed.

Inventors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. Idaho Falls, ID
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
983050
Patent Number(s):
7,388,896
Application Number:
11/253,138
Assignee:
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID) IDO
DOE Contract Number:  
AC07-05ID14517
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
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Citation Formats

Roach, Jay A, Richardson, John G, Raivo, Brian D, and Soelberg, Nicholas R. Induction melter apparatus. United States: N. p., 2008. Web.
Roach, Jay A, Richardson, John G, Raivo, Brian D, & Soelberg, Nicholas R. Induction melter apparatus. United States.
Roach, Jay A, Richardson, John G, Raivo, Brian D, and Soelberg, Nicholas R. Tue . "Induction melter apparatus". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/983050.
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abstractNote = {Apparatus and methods of operation are provided for a cold-crucible-induction melter for vitrifying waste wherein a single induction power supply may be used to effect a selected thermal distribution by independently energizing at least two inductors. Also, a bottom drain assembly may be heated by an inductor and may include an electrically resistive heater. The bottom drain assembly may be cooled to solidify molten material passing therethrough to prevent discharge of molten material therefrom. Configurations are provided wherein the induction flux skin depth substantially corresponds with the central longitudinal axis of the crucible. Further, the drain tube may be positioned within the induction flux skin depth in relation to material within the crucible or may be substantially aligned with a direction of flow of molten material within the crucible. An improved head design including four shells forming thermal radiation shields and at least two gas-cooled plenums is also disclosed.},
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place = {United States},
year = {2008},
month = {6}
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