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Bus bar electrical feedthrough for electrorefiner system

United States Patent

December 3, 2013
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A bus bar electrical feedthrough for an electrorefiner system may include a retaining plate, electrical isolator, and/or contact block. The retaining plate may include a central opening. The electrical isolator may include a top portion, a base portion, and a slot extending through the top and base portions. The top portion of the electrical isolator may be configured to extend through the central opening of the retaining plate. The contact block may include an upper section, a lower section, and a ridge separating the upper and lower sections. The upper section of the contact block may be configured to extend through the slot of the electrical isolator and the central opening of the retaining plate. Accordingly, relatively high electrical currents may be transferred into a glovebox or hot-cell facility at a relatively low cost and higher amperage capacity without sacrificing atmosphere integrity.
Williamson; Mark (Naperville, IL), Wiedmeyer; Stanley G. (Glen Ellyn, IL), Willit; James L. (Batavia, IL), Barnes; Laurel A. (Chicago, IL), Blaskovitz; Robert J. (Lockport, IL)
GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas LLC (Wilmington, NC)
13/ 335,139
December 22, 2011
FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT The present invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-AC02-06CH11357, which was awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy.