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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, the cell including 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 and the anode basket being extendable into the lower pool to dissolve at least some metallic contaminants, the anode basket containing the spent fuel acting as a second anode when in the electrolyte.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2];  [1]
  1. Naperville, IL
  2. Park Forest, IL
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Argonne, IL
OSTI Identifier:
865889
Patent Number(s):
4596647
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC)
DOE Contract Number:  
W-31109-ENG-38
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
electrolysis; cell; reprocessing; plutonium; reactor; fuel; electrolytic; refining; mixture; metals; including; spent; containing; contaminated; metallic; pot; pool; anode; level; fused; salt; electrolyte; intermediate; cathode; basket; spaced-apart; positions; retractable; added; extendable; dissolve; contaminants; acting; anode basket; fused salt; cell including; electrolytic cell; spent fuel; reactor fuel; metallic contaminants; metallic contaminant; metals including; electrolysis cell; fuel containing; /204/205/

Citation Formats

Miller, William E, Steindler, Martin J, and Burris, Leslie. Electrolysis cell for reprocessing plutonium reactor fuel. United States: N. p., 1986. Web.
Miller, William E, Steindler, Martin J, & Burris, Leslie. Electrolysis cell for reprocessing plutonium reactor fuel. United States.
Miller, William E, Steindler, Martin J, and Burris, Leslie. Wed . "Electrolysis cell for reprocessing plutonium reactor fuel". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/865889.
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title = {Electrolysis cell for reprocessing plutonium reactor fuel},
author = {Miller, William E and Steindler, Martin J and Burris, Leslie},
abstractNote = {An electrolytic cell for refining a mixture of metals including spent fuel containing U and Pu contaminated with other metals, the cell including 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 and the anode basket being extendable into the lower pool to dissolve at least some metallic contaminants, the anode basket containing the spent fuel acting as a second anode when in the electrolyte.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
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place = {United States},
year = {1986},
month = {1}
}

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