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Title: Electroplating method and apparatus

Abstract

An apparatus for high speed electroplating or anodizing tubular members such as nuclear reactor fuel elements. A loading arm positions the member on a base for subsequent support by one of two sets of electrical contacts. A carriage assembly positions electrodes into and around the member. Electrolyte is pumped between the electrodes and the member while electric current is applied. Programmed controls sequentially employ each of the two sets of contacts to expose all surfaces of the member to the electrolyte. The member is removed from the apparatus by an unloading arm.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. Aiken, SC
  2. North Augusta, SC
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
863117
Patent Number(s):
4096042
Application Number:
04/814,894
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
C - CHEMISTRY C25 - ELECTROLYTIC OR ELECTROPHORETIC PROCESSES C25D - PROCESSES FOR THE ELECTROLYTIC OR ELECTROPHORETIC PRODUCTION OF COATINGS
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
electroplating; method; apparatus; speed; anodizing; tubular; nuclear; reactor; fuel; elements; loading; arm; positions; base; subsequent; support; sets; electrical; contacts; carriage; assembly; electrodes; electrolyte; pumped; electric; current; applied; programmed; controls; sequentially; employ; expose; surfaces; removed; unloading; electrical contacts; electric current; electrical contact; fuel elements; fuel element; nuclear reactor; reactor fuel; electroplating method; /205/204/

Citation Formats

Looney, Robert B, and Smith, William E. L. Electroplating method and apparatus. United States: N. p., 1978. Web.
Looney, Robert B, & Smith, William E. L. Electroplating method and apparatus. United States.
Looney, Robert B, and Smith, William E. L. Tue . "Electroplating method and apparatus". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/863117.
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title = {Electroplating method and apparatus},
author = {Looney, Robert B and Smith, William E. L.},
abstractNote = {An apparatus for high speed electroplating or anodizing tubular members such as nuclear reactor fuel elements. A loading arm positions the member on a base for subsequent support by one of two sets of electrical contacts. A carriage assembly positions electrodes into and around the member. Electrolyte is pumped between the electrodes and the member while electric current is applied. Programmed controls sequentially employ each of the two sets of contacts to expose all surfaces of the member to the electrolyte. The member is removed from the apparatus by an unloading arm.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1978},
month = {6}
}

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