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Apparatus and Method for Stripping Tritium from Molten Salt

United States Patent Application

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A method of stripping tritium from flowing stream of molten salt includes providing a tritium-separating membrane structure having a porous support, a nanoporous structural metal-ion diffusion barrier layer, and a gas-tight, nonporous palladium-bearing separative layer, directing the flowing stream of molten salt into contact with the palladium-bearing layer so that tritium contained within the molten salt is transported through the tritium-separating membrane structure, and contacting a sweep gas with the porous support for collecting the tritium.
Holcomb, David E. (Oak Ridge, TN), Wilson, Dane F. (Oak Ridge, TN)
14/ 333,627
July 17, 2014
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH [0001] The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to contract no. DE-AC05-00OR22725 between the United States Department of Energy and UT-Battelle, LLC.