Recent developments at the cathode processor for spent fuel treatment.

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As part of the spent fuel treatment program at Argonne National Laboratory, a vacuum distillation process is being employed for the recovery of uranium following an electrorefining process. Distillation of a molten salt electrolyte, primarily consisting of a eutectic mixture of lithium and potassium chlorides with minor amounts of fission product chlorides, from uranium is achieved by a batch operation called cathode processing. Described in this paper are recent developments, both equipment and process-related, at the cathode processor during the treatment of blanket-type spent fuel. For the equipment developments, the installation of a new induction heating coil has produced significant ... continued below

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Westphal, B. R.; Vaden, D.; Hua, T. Q.; Willit, J. L. & Laug, D. V. July 29, 2002.

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As part of the spent fuel treatment program at Argonne National Laboratory, a vacuum distillation process is being employed for the recovery of uranium following an electrorefining process. Distillation of a molten salt electrolyte, primarily consisting of a eutectic mixture of lithium and potassium chlorides with minor amounts of fission product chlorides, from uranium is achieved by a batch operation called cathode processing. Described in this paper are recent developments, both equipment and process-related, at the cathode processor during the treatment of blanket-type spent fuel. For the equipment developments, the installation of a new induction heating coil has produced significant improvements in equipment performance. The process developments include the elimination of a process step and the study of plutonium in the uranium product.

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  • ANS 5th Topical Meeting:DOE Spent Nuclear Fuel and Fissile Materials, Charleston, SC (US), 09/17/2002--09/20/2002

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Westphal, B. R.; Vaden, D.; Hua, T. Q.; Willit, J. L. & Laug, D. V. Recent developments at the cathode processor for spent fuel treatment., article, July 29, 2002; Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc733469/: accessed October 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.