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ACTINIDE AND RARE EARTH DRAWDOWN SYSTEM FOR MOLTEN SALT RECYCLE

United States Patent Application

20180010256
A1
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A method for recycling molten salt from electrorefining processes, the method having the steps of collecting actinide metal using a first plurality of cathodes from an electrolyte bath, collecting rare earths metal using a second plurality of cathodes from the electrolyte bath, inserting the collected actinide metal and uranium into the bath, and chlorinating the inserted actinide metal and uranium. Also provided is a system for recycling molten salt, the system having a vessel adapted to receive and heat electrolyte salt, a first plurality of cathodes adapted to be removably inserted into the vessel, a second plurality of cathodes adapted to be removably inserted into the vessel, an anode positioned within the vessel so as to be coaxially aligned with the vessel, and a vehicle for inserting uranium into the salt.
WILLIT, James L. (Batavia, IL), TYLKA, Magdalena M. (Willow Springs, IL), WILLIAMSON, Mark A. (Naperville, IL), WIEDMEYER, Stanley G. (Glen Ellyn, IL), FIGUEROA, Javier (Andover, KS)
UCHICAGO ARGONNE, LLC (Chicago IL)
15/ 206,914
July 11, 2016
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE INVENTION [0001] The U.S. Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357 between the U.S. Department of Energy and UChicago Argonne, LLC, representing Argonne National Laboratory.