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Method for the production of uranium chloride salt

United States Patent

July 2, 2013
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A method for the production of UCl.sub.3 salt without the use of hazardous chemicals or multiple apparatuses for synthesis and purification is provided. Uranium metal is combined in a reaction vessel with a metal chloride and a eutectic salt- and heated to a first temperature under vacuum conditions to promote reaction of the uranium metal with the metal chloride for the production of a UCl.sub.3 salt. After the reaction has run substantially to completion, the furnace is heated to a second temperature under vacuum conditions. The second temperature is sufficiently high to selectively vaporize the chloride salts and distill them into a condenser region.
Westphal; Brian R. (Idaho Falls, ID), Mariani; Robert D. (Idaho Falls, ID)
U.S. Department of Energy (Washington, DC)
13/ 082,844
April 8, 2011
GOVERNMENT INTERESTS The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC07-051D14517, between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Battelle Energy Alliance LLC, representing Idaho National Laboratory.