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Title: REGENERATION OF REACTOR FUEL ELEMENTS

Abstract

A process of concentrating by electrolysis the uraatum and/or plutonium of an aluminum alloy containing these actinides after the actinide has been partially consumed by neutron bombardment in a reactor is given. The alloy is made the anode in a system having an aluminum cathode and a cryolite electrolyte. Electrolysis from 22 to 28 ampere-hours removes a sufficient quantity of aluminum from the alloy to make it suitable for reuse.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
4155813
Patent Number(s):
2930738
Assignee:
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
Y - NEW / CROSS SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES Y02 - TECHNOLOGIES OR APPLICATIONS FOR MITIGATION OR ADAPTATION AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE Y02E - REDUCTION OF GREENHOUSE GAS [GHG] EMISSIONS, RELATED TO ENERGY GENERATION, TRANSMISSION OR DISTRIBUTION
C - CHEMISTRY C25 - ELECTROLYTIC OR ELECTROPHORETIC PROCESSES C25C - PROCESSES FOR THE ELECTROLYTIC PRODUCTION, RECOVERY OR REFINING OF METALS
NSA Number:
NSA-14-015720
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Orig. Receipt Date: 31-DEC-60
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
CHEMISTRY; ACTINIDES; ALUMINUM ALLOYS; ALUMINUM FLUORIDES; BEAMS; ELECTROLYSIS; ELECTROLYTES; FUEL ELEMENTS; NEUTRONS; PLUTONIUM; REPROCESSING; RESEARCH REACTORS; SEPARATION PROCESSES; SODIUM FLUORIDES; URANIUM

Citation Formats

Roake, W E, and Lyon, W L. REGENERATION OF REACTOR FUEL ELEMENTS. United States: N. p., 1960. Web.
Roake, W E, & Lyon, W L. REGENERATION OF REACTOR FUEL ELEMENTS. United States.
Roake, W E, and Lyon, W L. Tue . "REGENERATION OF REACTOR FUEL ELEMENTS". United States.
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title = {REGENERATION OF REACTOR FUEL ELEMENTS},
author = {Roake, W E and Lyon, W L},
abstractNote = {A process of concentrating by electrolysis the uraatum and/or plutonium of an aluminum alloy containing these actinides after the actinide has been partially consumed by neutron bombardment in a reactor is given. The alloy is made the anode in a system having an aluminum cathode and a cryolite electrolyte. Electrolysis from 22 to 28 ampere-hours removes a sufficient quantity of aluminum from the alloy to make it suitable for reuse.},
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place = {United States},
year = {1960},
month = {3}
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