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CONSUMABLE ANODE AND ANODE ASSEMBLY FOR ELECTROLYTIC REDUCTION OF METAL OXIDES

United States Patent Application

20170260635
A1
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An anode assembly is provided having a pair of channels; anodes in slidable communication with the channels; conduit to direct carrier gas to the anode; and conduit to remove reaction gas from the anode. Also provided is a method for continuously feeding anodes into a electrolytic bath, the method having the steps of stacking the anodes such that all of the anodes reside in the same plane and wherein the stack includes a bottom anode; contacting the bottom anode with the electrolytic bath for a time and at a current sufficient to cause the bottom anode to be consumed during an electrolytic process; using gravity to replace the bottom anode with other anodes defining the stack.
Motsegood, Perry N. (Shorewood, IL), Willit, James L. (Batavia, IL), Williamson, Mark A. (Naperville, IL), Wiedmeyer, Stanley G. (Glen Ellyn, IL), Koehl, Eugene R. (Joliet, IL)
UCHICAGO ARGONNE, LLC (Chicago IL)
15/ 064,106
March 8, 2016
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE INVENTION [0001] The U.S. Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-ACO2-06CH11357 between the U.S. Department of Energy and UChicago Argonne, LLC, representing Argonne National Laboratory.