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Title: METHOD AND MEANS FOR ELECTROLYTIC PURIFICATION OF PLUTONIUM

Abstract

The technique of electrodepositing pure plutonium from a fused salt electrolyte of PuCl/sub 3/ and aixati metal halides is described. When an iron cathode is used, the plutonium deposit alloys therewith in the liquid state at the 400 to 600 deg C operating temperature, such liquid being allowed to drip through holes in the cathode and collect in a massive state in a tantallum cup. The process is adaptable to continuous processing by the use of depleted plutonium fuel as the anode: good to excellent separation from fission products is obtained with a Pu--Fe "fission" anode containing representative fractions of Ce, Ru, Zr, La, Mo, and Nb.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
4166397
Patent Number(s):
2923670
Assignee:
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
C - CHEMISTRY C25 - ELECTROLYTIC OR ELECTROPHORETIC PROCESSES C25C - PROCESSES FOR THE ELECTROLYTIC PRODUCTION, RECOVERY OR REFINING OF METALS
NSA Number:
NSA-14-015715
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Orig. Receipt Date: 31-DEC-60
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
CHEMISTRY; ALKALI METALS; ANODES; CATHODES; CERIUM; ELECTROLYSIS; ELECTROLYTES; FISSION PRODUCTS; FUELS; FUSED SALTS; HALIDES; IMPURITIES; IRON; LANTHANUM; MOLYBDENUM; NIOBIUM; PLUTONIUM; PLUTONIUM ALLOYS; PLUTONIUM CHLORIDES; RUTHENIUM; SEPARATION PROCESSES; TEMPERATURE; ZIRCONIUM

Citation Formats

Bjorklund, C W, Benz, R, Maraman, W J, Leary, J A, and Walsh, K A. METHOD AND MEANS FOR ELECTROLYTIC PURIFICATION OF PLUTONIUM. United States: N. p., 1960. Web.
Bjorklund, C W, Benz, R, Maraman, W J, Leary, J A, & Walsh, K A. METHOD AND MEANS FOR ELECTROLYTIC PURIFICATION OF PLUTONIUM. United States.
Bjorklund, C W, Benz, R, Maraman, W J, Leary, J A, and Walsh, K A. Mon . "METHOD AND MEANS FOR ELECTROLYTIC PURIFICATION OF PLUTONIUM". United States.
@article{osti_4166397,
title = {METHOD AND MEANS FOR ELECTROLYTIC PURIFICATION OF PLUTONIUM},
author = {Bjorklund, C W and Benz, R and Maraman, W J and Leary, J A and Walsh, K A},
abstractNote = {The technique of electrodepositing pure plutonium from a fused salt electrolyte of PuCl/sub 3/ and aixati metal halides is described. When an iron cathode is used, the plutonium deposit alloys therewith in the liquid state at the 400 to 600 deg C operating temperature, such liquid being allowed to drip through holes in the cathode and collect in a massive state in a tantallum cup. The process is adaptable to continuous processing by the use of depleted plutonium fuel as the anode: good to excellent separation from fission products is obtained with a Pu--Fe "fission" anode containing representative fractions of Ce, Ru, Zr, La, Mo, and Nb.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
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place = {United States},
year = {1960},
month = {2}
}