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Cathode power distribution system and method of using the same for power distribution

United States Patent

8,882,973
November 11, 2014
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Embodiments include a cathode power distribution system and/or method of using the same for power distribution. The cathode power distribution system includes a plurality of cathode assemblies. Each cathode assembly of the plurality of cathode assemblies includes a plurality of cathode rods. The system also includes a plurality of bus bars configured to distribute current to each of the plurality of cathode assemblies. The plurality of bus bars include a first bus bar configured to distribute the current to first ends of the plurality of cathode assemblies and a second bus bar configured to distribute the current to second ends of the plurality of cathode assemblies.
Williamson; Mark A. (Naperville, IL), Wiedmeyer; Stanley G. (Glen Ellyn, IL), Koehl; Eugene R. (Joliet, IL), Bailey; James L. (Hinsdale, 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/ 335,121
20130161198
December 22, 2011
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT This invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-AC02-06CH11357, awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.