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Fast quench reactor method

United States Patent

5,935,293
August 10, 1999
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A fast quench reaction includes a reactor chamber having a high temperature heating means such as a plasma torch at its inlet and a means of rapidly expanding a reactant stream, such as a restrictive convergent-divergent nozzle at its outlet end. Metal halide reactants are injected into the reactor chamber. Reducing gas is added at different stages in the process to form a desired end product and prevent back reactions. The resulting heated gaseous stream is then rapidly cooled by expansion of the gaseous stream.
Detering; Brent A. (Idaho Falls, ID), Donaldson; Alan D. (Idaho Falls, ID), Fincke; James R. (Idaho Falls, ID), Kong; Peter C. (Idaho Falls, ID), Berry; Ray A. (Idaho Falls, ID)
Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies Company (Idaho Falls, ID)
09/ 076,922
May 12, 1998
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE INVENTION The United States Government has rights in this invention disclosed under contract number DE-AC07-76ID01570 between the U.S. Department of Energy and EG&G Idaho, Inc., now contract number DE-AC07-94ID13223 with Lockheed Idaho Technologies Company.