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Title: Actinide and rare earth drawdown system for molten salt recycle

Abstract

A method for recycling molten salt from electrorefining processes, the method having the steps of collecting actinide metal using a first plurality of cathodes from an electrolyte bath, collecting rare earths metal using a second plurality of cathodes from the electrolyte bath, inserting the collected actinide metal and uranium into the bath, and chlorinating the inserted actinide metal and uranium. Also provided is a system for recycling molten salt, the system having a vessel adapted to receive and heat electrolyte salt, a first plurality of cathodes adapted to be removably inserted into the vessel, a second plurality of cathodes adapted to be removably inserted into the vessel, an anode positioned within the vessel so as to be coaxially aligned with the vessel, and a vehicle for inserting uranium into the salt.

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Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1632515
Patent Number(s):
10550489
Application Number:
15/206,914
Assignee:
UChicago Argonne, LLC (Chicago, IL)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
C - CHEMISTRY C25 - ELECTROLYTIC OR ELECTROPHORETIC PROCESSES C25C - PROCESSES FOR THE ELECTROLYTIC PRODUCTION, RECOVERY OR REFINING OF METALS
C - CHEMISTRY C25 - ELECTROLYTIC OR ELECTROPHORETIC PROCESSES C25D - PROCESSES FOR THE ELECTROLYTIC OR ELECTROPHORETIC PRODUCTION OF COATINGS
DOE Contract Number:  
AC02-06CH11357
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 07/11/2016
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Willit, James L., Tylka, Magdalena M., Williamson, Mark A., Wiedmeyer, Stanley G., and Figueroa, Javier. Actinide and rare earth drawdown system for molten salt recycle. United States: N. p., 2020. Web.
Willit, James L., Tylka, Magdalena M., Williamson, Mark A., Wiedmeyer, Stanley G., & Figueroa, Javier. Actinide and rare earth drawdown system for molten salt recycle. United States.
Willit, James L., Tylka, Magdalena M., Williamson, Mark A., Wiedmeyer, Stanley G., and Figueroa, Javier. Tue . "Actinide and rare earth drawdown system for molten salt recycle". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1632515.
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title = {Actinide and rare earth drawdown system for molten salt recycle},
author = {Willit, James L. and Tylka, Magdalena M. and Williamson, Mark A. and Wiedmeyer, Stanley G. and Figueroa, Javier},
abstractNote = {A method for recycling molten salt from electrorefining processes, the method having the steps of collecting actinide metal using a first plurality of cathodes from an electrolyte bath, collecting rare earths metal using a second plurality of cathodes from the electrolyte bath, inserting the collected actinide metal and uranium into the bath, and chlorinating the inserted actinide metal and uranium. Also provided is a system for recycling molten salt, the system having a vessel adapted to receive and heat electrolyte salt, a first plurality of cathodes adapted to be removably inserted into the vessel, a second plurality of cathodes adapted to be removably inserted into the vessel, an anode positioned within the vessel so as to be coaxially aligned with the vessel, and a vehicle for inserting uranium into the salt.},
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place = {United States},
year = {2020},
month = {2}
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