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Universal fuel basket for use with an improved oxide reduction vessel and electrorefiner vessel

United States Patent

April 2, 2002
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A basket, for use in the reduction of UO.sub.2 to uranium metal and in the electrorefining of uranium metal, having a continuous annulus between inner and outer perforated cylindrical walls, with a screen adjacent to each wall. A substantially solid bottom and top plate enclose the continuous annulus defining a fuel bed. A plurality of scrapers are mounted adjacent to the outer wall extending longitudinally thereof, and there is a mechanism enabling the basket to be transported remotely.
Herrmann; Steven D. (Idaho Falls, ID), Mariani; Robert D. (Idaho Falls, ID)
The United States of America as represented by the Department of Energy (Washington, DC)
09/ 645,608
August 25, 2000
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No.W-31-109-ENG-38 between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and The University of Chicago representing Argonne National Laboratory.