Initial cathode processing experiences and results for the treatment of spent fuel

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As part of the spent fuel treatment demonstration at Argonne National Laboratory, a vacuum distillation process is being employed for the recovery of uranium following an electrorefining process. Distillation of a salt electrolyte, primarily consisting of a eutectic mixture of lithium and potassium chlorides, from uranium is achieved by a batch operation termed ``cathode processing.`` Cathode processing is performed in a retort furnace which enables the production of a stable uranium product that can be isotopically diluted and stored. To date, experiments have been performed with two distillation units; one for prototypical testing and the other for actual spent fuel ... continued below

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Westphal, B.R.; Laug, D.V.; Brunsvold, A.R. & Roach, P.D. May 1, 1996.

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As part of the spent fuel treatment demonstration at Argonne National Laboratory, a vacuum distillation process is being employed for the recovery of uranium following an electrorefining process. Distillation of a salt electrolyte, primarily consisting of a eutectic mixture of lithium and potassium chlorides, from uranium is achieved by a batch operation termed ``cathode processing.`` Cathode processing is performed in a retort furnace which enables the production of a stable uranium product that can be isotopically diluted and stored. To date, experiments have been performed with two distillation units; one for prototypical testing and the other for actual spent fuel treatment operations. The results and experiences from these initial experiments with both units will be discussed as well as problems encountered and their resolution.

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  • Annual meeting of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), Reno, NV (United States), 16-20 Jun 1996

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  • Other: DE96010806
  • Report No.: ANL/TD/CP--89650
  • Report No.: CONF-9606116--32
  • Grant Number: W-31109-ENG-38
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 231411
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc670030

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Westphal, B.R.; Laug, D.V.; Brunsvold, A.R. & Roach, P.D. Initial cathode processing experiences and results for the treatment of spent fuel, article, May 1, 1996; Idaho Falls, Idaho. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc670030/: accessed December 11, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.