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SYSTEM FOR EXTRACTION OF TRITIUM FROM LIQUID METAL COOLANTS

United States Patent Application

20140138257
A1
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A method for removing tritium from liquid lithium includes mixing the liquid lithium containing trace amounts of tritium with a molten salt and forming a salt of lithium and tritium. The method also includes separating the liquid lithium from the salt of lithium and tritium and circulating the molten salt in an electrolyzer to form molecular tritium. The method further includes bubbling an inert gas through the electrolyzer to remove the molecular tritium and circulating the argon and removed molecular tritium in a titanium getter to recover the tritium.
Kramer, Kevin J. (Livermore, CA), Flowers, Daniel L. (San Leandro, CA), Latkowski, Jeffery (Livermore, CA), Martinez-Frias, Joel (Redwood City, CA), Reyes, Susana (San Francisco, CA)
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (Livermore CA)
14/ 055,771
October 16, 2013
STATEMENT AS TO RIGHTS TO INVENTIONS MADE UNDER FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC52-07NA27344 between the United States Department of Energy and Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC for the operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.