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Title: Method for the purification of noble gases, nitrogen and hydrogen

A method and apparatus for the purification and collection of hydrogen isotopes in a flowing inert gaseous mixture containing impurities, wherein metal alloy getters having the capability of sorbing non-hydrogen impurities such as oxygen, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, methane, ammonia, nitrogen and water vapor are utilized to purify the gaseous mixture of impurities. After purification hydrogen isotopes may be more efficiently collected. A plurality of parallel process lines utilizing metal getter alloys can be used to provide for the continuous purification and collection of the hydrogen isotopes.
 [1];  [2];  [3]
  1. (Blackfoot, ID)
  2. (Idaho Falls, ID)
  3. (Los Alamos, NM)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies Company (Idaho Falls, ID) INEEL
Patent Number(s):
US 5669961
Contract Number:
AC07-94ID13223; W-7405-ENG-36; AC07-76ID01570
Research Org:
Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
Country of Publication:
United States
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