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Title: REGENERATION OF REACTOR FUEL ELEMENTS

A process of concentrating by electrolysis the uraatum and/or plutonium of an aluminum alloy containing these actinides after the actinide has been partially consumed by neutron bombardment in a reactor is given. The alloy is made the anode in a system having an aluminum cathode and a cryolite electrolyte. Electrolysis from 22 to 28 ampere-hours removes a sufficient quantity of aluminum from the alloy to make it suitable for reuse.
Authors:
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
4155813
Report Number(s):
US 2930738
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Orig. Receipt Date: 31-DEC-60
Research Org:
Originating Research Org. not identified
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
CHEMISTRY; ACTINIDES; ALUMINUM ALLOYS; ALUMINUM FLUORIDES; BEAMS; ELECTROLYSIS; ELECTROLYTES; FUEL ELEMENTS; NEUTRONS; PLUTONIUM; REPROCESSING; RESEARCH REACTORS; SEPARATION PROCESSES; SODIUM FLUORIDES; URANIUM