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Title: Liquid surface skimmer apparatus for molten lithium and method

This invention relates to an apparatus for separating two fluids having different specific gravities. The invention also relates to a method for using the separating apparatus of the present invention. This invention particularly relates to the skimming of molten lithium metal from the surface of a fused salt electrolyte in the electrolytic production of lithium metal from a mixed fused salt.
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [4];  [5]
  1. (Knoxville, TN)
  2. (Maryville, TN)
  3. (Oak Ridge, TN)
  4. (Gastonia, NC)
  5. (Salisbury, NC)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc. (Oak Ridge, TN) ORNL
Patent Number(s):
US 5417815
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN
Country of Publication:
United States
liquid; surface; skimmer; apparatus; molten; lithium; method; relates; separating; fluids; specific; gravities; particularly; skimming; metal; fused; salt; electrolyte; electrolytic; production; mixed; fused salt; electrolytic production; molten lithium; lithium metal; salt electrolyte; separating apparatus; specific gravities; liquid surface; /205/204/210/266/