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General Description of Thorium Metal Processes
Subject Terms:
electrolysis, nitrate, uranium; electrolytic process, calcium; metallex process, salt, oxide; thorium, metal, halide
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Health, Safety and Environment\Worker Health and Safety; Science and Technology\Metallurgy
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Publication Date:
1959 Dec 18
Declassification Status:
Never classified
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Originating Research Org.:
Union Carbide Corporation
OpenNet Entry Date:
1998 Jun 16
This report discusses how the industrial processes for producing AEC grade Thorium metal are evaluated in regards to unit costs, metal purity and degree of development. Cost considerations, however, are applied only to the two methods that are considered to be continuous, i.e., the ORNL "Metallex" process and the Horizons, Inc., "Electrolytic" process. Figures of thorium inventories, analysis, cost data, and flowsheets of the various processes are included.

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