Wettable Ceramic-Based Drained Cathode Technology for Aluminum Electrolysis

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The goal of the project was to develop the ceramic based materials, technology, and necessary engineering packages to retrofit existing aluminum reduction cells in order to reduce energy consumption required for making primary aluminum. The ceramic materials would be used in a drained cathode configuration which would provide a stable, molten aluminum wetted cathode surface, allowing the reduction of the anode-cathode distance, thereby reducing the energy consumption. This multi-tasked project was divided into three major tasks: (1) Manufacturing and laboratory scale testing/evaluation of the ceramic materials, (2) Pilot scale testing of qualified compositions from the first task, and (3) Designing, ... continued below

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Bruggeman, J.N.; Alcorn, T.R.; Jeltsch, R. & Mroz, T. January 9, 2003.

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The goal of the project was to develop the ceramic based materials, technology, and necessary engineering packages to retrofit existing aluminum reduction cells in order to reduce energy consumption required for making primary aluminum. The ceramic materials would be used in a drained cathode configuration which would provide a stable, molten aluminum wetted cathode surface, allowing the reduction of the anode-cathode distance, thereby reducing the energy consumption. This multi-tasked project was divided into three major tasks: (1) Manufacturing and laboratory scale testing/evaluation of the ceramic materials, (2) Pilot scale testing of qualified compositions from the first task, and (3) Designing, retrofitting, and testing the ceramic materials in industrial cells at Kaiser Mead plant in Spokane, Washington. Specific description of these major tasks can be found in Appendix A - Project Scope. Due to the power situation in the northwest, the Mead facility was closed, thus preventing the industrial cell testing.

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  • Report No.: DOE/ID/13567
  • Grant Number: FC07-97ID13567
  • DOI: 10.2172/806856 | External Link
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  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc740532

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Bruggeman, J.N.; Alcorn, T.R.; Jeltsch, R. & Mroz, T. Wettable Ceramic-Based Drained Cathode Technology for Aluminum Electrolysis, report, January 9, 2003; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc740532/: accessed January 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.