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Title: Electrorefiner

An apparatus is disclosed capable of functioning as a solid cathode and for removing crystalline structure from the upper surface of a liquid cathode, includes a metallic support vertically disposed with respect to an electrically insulating container capable of holding a liquid metal cathode. A piston of electrically insulating material mounted on the drive tube, surrounding the current lead, for vertical and rotational movement with respect thereto including a downwardly extending collar portion surrounding the metallic current lead. At least one portion of the piston remote from the metallic current lead being removed. Mechanism for lowering the piston to the surface of the liquid cathode and raising the piston from the surface along with mechanism for rotating the piston around its longitudinal axis. 5 figs.
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
100991
Assignee:
Dept. of Energy, Washington, DC (United States) PTO; SCA: 360101; PA: EDB-95:129938; SN: 95001445716
Patent Number(s):
US 5,443,705/A/
Application Number:
PAN: 8-272,376
Contract Number:
W-31109-ENG-38
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 22 Aug 1995
Research Org:
Univ. of Chicago, IL (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; METALS; ELECTROREFINING; CATHODES; LIQUID METALS; EQUIPMENT; DESIGN

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