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Title: REGENERATION OF REACTOR FUEL ELEMENTS

Abstract

A process is described for concentrating uranium and/or plutonium metal in aluminum alloys in which the actinide content was partially consumed by neutron bombardinent. Two embodiments are claimed: Either the alloy is heated, together with zinc chloride to at least 1000 deg C whereby some aluminum, in the form of aluminum chloride, and any zinc formed volatilize; or else aluminum fluoride is added and reacted at 800 to 1000 deg O and substmospheric pressure whereby pant of the aluminum volatilizes and aluminum subfluoride.

Inventors:
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
4164864
Patent Number(s):
2931721
Assignee:
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
C - CHEMISTRY C22 - METALLURGY C22B - PRODUCTION AND REFINING OF METALS
NSA Number:
NSA-14-021610
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 CHLORIDES; ALUMINUM FLUORIDES; BEAMS; ENRICHMENT; FUEL ELEMENTS; NEUTRONS; PLUTONIUM; PRESSURE; REGENERATION; TEMPERATURE; URANIUM; ZINC CHLORIDES

Citation Formats

Lyon, W L. REGENERATION OF REACTOR FUEL ELEMENTS. United States: N. p., 1960. Web.
Lyon, W L. REGENERATION OF REACTOR FUEL ELEMENTS. United States.
Lyon, W L. Fri . "REGENERATION OF REACTOR FUEL ELEMENTS". United States.
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title = {REGENERATION OF REACTOR FUEL ELEMENTS},
author = {Lyon, W L},
abstractNote = {A process is described for concentrating uranium and/or plutonium metal in aluminum alloys in which the actinide content was partially consumed by neutron bombardinent. Two embodiments are claimed: Either the alloy is heated, together with zinc chloride to at least 1000 deg C whereby some aluminum, in the form of aluminum chloride, and any zinc formed volatilize; or else aluminum fluoride is added and reacted at 800 to 1000 deg O and substmospheric pressure whereby pant of the aluminum volatilizes and aluminum subfluoride.},
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place = {United States},
year = {1960},
month = {4}
}