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Title: Electrolysis cell for reprocessing plutonium reactor fuel

Abstract

An electrolytic cell for refining a mixture of metals including spent fuel containing U and Pu contaminated with other metals is claimed. The cell includes a metallic pot containing a metallic pool as one anode at a lower level, a fused salt as the electrolyte at an intermediate level and a cathode and an anode basket in spaced-apart positions in the electrolyte with the cathode and anode being retractable to positions above the electrolyte during which spent fuel may be added to the anode basket. The anode basket is extendable into the lower pool to dissolve at least some metallic contaminants; the anode basket contains the spent fuel acting as a second anode when in the electrolyte.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab., IL (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
5281477
Application Number:
ON: DE85017744
Assignee:
Dept. of Energy EDB-85-146511
DOE Contract Number:  
W-31-109-ENG-38
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; PLUTONIUM; ELECTROREFINING; SPENT FUELS; REPROCESSING; URANIUM; ELECTROLYTIC CELLS; ACTINIDES; ELECTROLYSIS; ELEMENTS; ENERGY SOURCES; FUELS; LYSIS; MATERIALS; METALS; NUCLEAR FUELS; PROCESSING; REACTOR MATERIALS; REFINING; SEPARATION PROCESSES; TRANSURANIUM ELEMENTS; 050800* - Nuclear Fuels- Spent Fuels Reprocessing

Citation Formats

Miller, W.E., Steindler, M.J., and Burris, L. Electrolysis cell for reprocessing plutonium reactor fuel. United States: N. p., 1985. Web.
Miller, W.E., Steindler, M.J., & Burris, L. Electrolysis cell for reprocessing plutonium reactor fuel. United States.
Miller, W.E., Steindler, M.J., and Burris, L. Fri . "Electrolysis cell for reprocessing plutonium reactor fuel". United States.
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title = {Electrolysis cell for reprocessing plutonium reactor fuel},
author = {Miller, W.E. and Steindler, M.J. and Burris, L.},
abstractNote = {An electrolytic cell for refining a mixture of metals including spent fuel containing U and Pu contaminated with other metals is claimed. The cell includes a metallic pot containing a metallic pool as one anode at a lower level, a fused salt as the electrolyte at an intermediate level and a cathode and an anode basket in spaced-apart positions in the electrolyte with the cathode and anode being retractable to positions above the electrolyte during which spent fuel may be added to the anode basket. The anode basket is extendable into the lower pool to dissolve at least some metallic contaminants; the anode basket contains the spent fuel acting as a second anode when in the electrolyte.},
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place = {United States},
year = {1985},
month = {1}
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