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Title: Method and apparatus for storing hydrogen isotopes. [stored as uranium hydride in a block of copper]

Abstract

An improved method and apparatus for storing isotopes of hydrogen (especially tritium) are provided. The hydrogen gas is stored as hydrides of material (for example uranium) within boreholes in a block of copper. The mass of the block is critically important to the operation, as is the selection of copper, because no cooling pipes are used. Because no cooling pipes are used, there can be no failure due to cooling pipes. And because copper is used instead of stainless steel, a significantly higher temperature can be reached before the eutectic formation of uranium with copper occurs, (the eutectic of uranium with the iron in stainless steel forms at a significantly lower temperature).

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6127079
Application Number:
ON: DE83013177
Assignee:
ERA-08-038574; NTS-83-015750; EDB-83-120159
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; 08 HYDROGEN; DEUTERIUM; STORAGE; HYDROGEN STORAGE; TRITIUM; BETA DECAY RADIOISOTOPES; BETA-MINUS DECAY RADIOISOTOPES; HYDROGEN ISOTOPES; ISOTOPES; LIGHT NUCLEI; NUCLEI; ODD-EVEN NUCLEI; ODD-ODD NUCLEI; RADIOISOTOPES; STABLE ISOTOPES; YEARS LIVING RADIOISOTOPES; 060400* - Fusion Fuels- Transport & Storage- (-1987); 080201 - Hydrogen- Chemisorption Storage

Citation Formats

McMullen, J W, Wheeler, M G, Cullingford, H S, and Sherman, R H. Method and apparatus for storing hydrogen isotopes. [stored as uranium hydride in a block of copper]. United States: N. p., 1982. Web.
McMullen, J W, Wheeler, M G, Cullingford, H S, & Sherman, R H. Method and apparatus for storing hydrogen isotopes. [stored as uranium hydride in a block of copper]. United States.
McMullen, J W, Wheeler, M G, Cullingford, H S, and Sherman, R H. Tue . "Method and apparatus for storing hydrogen isotopes. [stored as uranium hydride in a block of copper]". United States.
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title = {Method and apparatus for storing hydrogen isotopes. [stored as uranium hydride in a block of copper]},
author = {McMullen, J W and Wheeler, M G and Cullingford, H S and Sherman, R H},
abstractNote = {An improved method and apparatus for storing isotopes of hydrogen (especially tritium) are provided. The hydrogen gas is stored as hydrides of material (for example uranium) within boreholes in a block of copper. The mass of the block is critically important to the operation, as is the selection of copper, because no cooling pipes are used. Because no cooling pipes are used, there can be no failure due to cooling pipes. And because copper is used instead of stainless steel, a significantly higher temperature can be reached before the eutectic formation of uranium with copper occurs, (the eutectic of uranium with the iron in stainless steel forms at a significantly lower temperature).},
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place = {United States},
year = {1982},
month = {8}
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