Recent advances in SRS on hydrogen isotope separation using thermal cycling absorption process
TCAP (Thermal Cycling Absorption Process) is a gas chromatograph in principle using palladium in the column packing, but it is unique in the fact that the carrier gas, hydrogen, is being isotopically separated and the system is operated in a semi-continuous manner. TCAP units are used to purify tritium. The recent TCAP advances at Savannah River Site (SRS) include compressor-free concept for heating/cooling, push and pull separation using an active inverse column, and compact column design. The new developments allow significantly higher throughput and better reliability from 1/10 of the current production system's footprint while consuming 60% less energy. Various versions are derived in the meantime for external customers to be used in fusion energy projects.
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- Journal Name: Fusion Science and Technology; Journal Volume: 67; Journal Issue: 3; Conference: TRITIUM 2013: 10. International Conference on Tritium Science and Technology, Nice Acropolis (France), 21-25 Oct 2013; Other Information: Country of input: France; 8 refs.
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- United States
- 70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; ABSORPTION; COOLING; HEATING; HYDROGEN; ISOTOPE SEPARATION; PALLADIUM; STRONTIUM SULFIDES; THERMAL CYCLING; THERMONUCLEAR REACTORS; TRITIUM