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Thorium Metal Processes
Subject Terms:
Electrolytic, Metallex, AEC; oxide, calcium, halide; tetrafluoride, tetrachloride; thorium, metal, reduction
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Document Categories:
Science and Technology\Metallurgy; 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 is concerning the industrial processes for producing AEC-grade thorium metal which 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, that is, the ORNL "Metallex" process, and the Horizons, Inc., "Electrolytic" process. The other two methods discussed were calcium reduction of oxide and metallic reduction of halide. Included are tables and flowsheets of the various processes.

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