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Title: Volatile fluoride process for separating plutonium from other materials

Abstract

The separation of plutonium from uranium and/or fission products by formation of the higher fluorides off uranium and/or plutonium is described. Neutronirradiated uranium metal is first converted to the hydride. This hydrided product is then treated with fluorine at about 315 deg C to form and volatilize UF/sub 6/ leaving plutonium behind. Thc plutonium may then be separated by reacting the residue with fluorine at about 5004DEC and collecting the volatile plutonium fluoride thus formed.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Originating Research Org. not identified
OSTI Identifier:
4232380
Patent Number(s):
2,882,125
Assignee:
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission DTIE; NSA-13-022161
NSA Number:
NSA-13-022161
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Orig. Receipt Date: 31-DEC-59
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
CHEMISTRY; CHEMICAL REACTIONS; ELECTRIC CONDUCTIVITY; FISSION PRODUCTS; FLUORIDES; FLUORINE; FUELS; GASES; HYDRIDES; IRRADIATION; LEAD; LOW TEMPERATURE; MAGNETIC FIELDS; MAGNETIC PROPERTIES; MAGNETISM; MEASURED VALUES; METALS; NEUTRON BEAMS; OPERATION; PATENT; PLUTONIUM; PLUTONIUM FLUORIDES; PREPARATION; RECOVERY; REPROCESSING; SEPARATION PROCESSES; SWITCHES; TEMPERATURE; THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY; THERMODYNAMICS; TRITIUM; URANIUM; URANIUM FLUORIDES; URANIUM HEXAFLUORIDE; URANIUM HYDRIDES; VOLATILITY

Citation Formats

Spedding, F. H., and Newton, A. S. Volatile fluoride process for separating plutonium from other materials. United States: N. p., 1959. Web.
Spedding, F. H., & Newton, A. S. Volatile fluoride process for separating plutonium from other materials. United States.
Spedding, F. H., and Newton, A. S. Tue . "Volatile fluoride process for separating plutonium from other materials". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/4232380.
@article{osti_4232380,
title = {Volatile fluoride process for separating plutonium from other materials},
author = {Spedding, F. H. and Newton, A. S.},
abstractNote = {The separation of plutonium from uranium and/or fission products by formation of the higher fluorides off uranium and/or plutonium is described. Neutronirradiated uranium metal is first converted to the hydride. This hydrided product is then treated with fluorine at about 315 deg C to form and volatilize UF/sub 6/ leaving plutonium behind. Thc plutonium may then be separated by reacting the residue with fluorine at about 5004DEC and collecting the volatile plutonium fluoride thus formed.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1959},
month = {4}
}

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